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Vin Diesel celebrated his birthday with a D&D cake, because he’s awesome
Vin Diesel’s nerd cred is off the charts.
Vin Diesel may be Hollywood’s most famous D&D fan, often mentioning his love of the cult tabletop game in interviews. Below, listen to him discuss his passion for D&D stretching back to the 1970s and ’80s, when he spent his spare evenings pretending to be fantasy creatures in between his job as a bouncer. One day, this would turn out to be useful training for his career as an actor.
One of Diesel’s fake tattoos in the movie xXx was the name of one of his favorite D&D characters, Melkor. But his best D&D-related story is surely the fact that he has played with Dame Judi Dench. While working on the movie Chronicles of Riddick—which was itself influenced by D&D—Diesel introduced some of his co-stars, including Dench, to the game.
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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor