Private Caparzo: Vin Diesel is a budding filmmaker, as well as an actor, who has already had his first two films screened at major film festivals. He wrote, directed, produced, starred in and financed his debut film, a short entitled "Multi-Facial," which was selected to be shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. It was his work in "Multi-Facial" that led Steven Spielberg to have the role of Caparzo created specifically for him.

Diesel followed "Multi-Facial" with his first full-length feature, "Strays," a gritty urban drama, which he also directed, starred in and produced. Made on a shoestring budget, "Strays" was accepted for competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He has since entered into a deal with MTV to adapt the film into a television series.

A native new Yorker, Diesel began his acting career at the age of seven at the Theater for the New City in Greenwich Village and continued to work in the theater throughout his youth. He later majored in English at Hunter College and soon began writing screenplays.

He is currently in pre-production on "Doormen," an original screenplay based on his own experiences as a bouncer in New York, to be executive produced by Ted Fields. His future films also include the animated feature "The Iron Giant," in which he is performing the title role, opposite Jennifer Aniston.

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