Vin Diesel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in Hollywood, CA. The ceremony took place on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Many of Diesel's former and current collaborators where on hand, including Jordana Brewster(the "Fast" series), Katee Sackhoff("Riddick"), Larenz Tate("A Man Apart"), and directors Adam Shankman("The Pacifier") and David Twohy(the Riddick trilogy).
Leron Gubler, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, emceed the event. Before Diesel took to the podium, Gubler declared the day to be 'Vin Diesel Day' in Hollywood. Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Pictures, was the first to speak. "I really can't think of anybody more deserving of this great honor than Vin Diesel," Meyer said. Universal Pictures is behind both the "Fast & Furious" franchise and the Riddick trilogy.
Diesel's "Fast" franchise co-star Michelle Rodriguez highlighted the action star's positive attitude.
"He looks at the impossible and says 'when do we start'? When do we manifest destiny?" She added, "He genuinely loves what he does for a living, and that's a rare thing thing in [the movie] business."
Diesel touched on his struggles as an young, up-and-coming actor, mentioning that he used to breakdance for spare change on the very corner where he was now receiving his Walk of Fame star. "There's a great saying…you will face many defeats in life, but you yourself should never be defeated, " he said. He also expressed humility in his acceptance of the honor.
"These stars are so strange to receive, because you're receiving it on behalf of everybody that's been a part of your reality, everybody that's been a part of your work. Every actor, every actress that's been in a scene with me…[who] would allow for that magic to happen in the scene…" he said. He also expressed his gratitude towards Universal. "WIthout the team at Universal…[who] has believed in me more than anyone in Hollywood, none of these films would have come to life."
Diesel also mentioned that "Fast & Furious 7" is "literally a week away" from starting production. "I don't know if [the sequel happening] is only because of the public, or if it's because the executives at the studio are dying to see what happens next," he joked.
Diesel's star marks the 2,504th in the Motion Pictures Category of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His latest film "Riddick" hits movie theaters on September 6.