Vin Diesel celebrated his birthday with a D&D cake, because he’s awesome

Vin Diesel's nerd cred is off the charts.

Feb 29, 2020, 11:14 pm*

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Confirmed nerd Vin Diesel celebrated his 48th birthday in style this weekend with a Dungeons & Dragons themed cake.

The Fast and the Furious star posted a photo on his Facebook page showing a cake designed to look like a stack of D&D handbooks.

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.

Photo via shane doucette/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 20, 2015, 1:33 pm