Vin Diesel Flips ‘n Kicks (Literally) for ‘Fast 7′
Vin Diesel in martial arts training (Photo: Facebook/Inset – Getty)
Diesel is showing off his mad martial arts skills in a new video he posted on his Facebook page as a behind-the-scenes look at his training for "Fast & Furious 7."
The 46-year-old action star works out alongside Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa — both performing super-athletic high kicks and even flipping onto a cushioned gym mat.
Watch Vin Diesel's Martial Arts Action (Beware — Some Language):
Diesel does "combat training" with Jaa in preparation for what will evidently be some pretty jaw-dropping fight scenes in next summer's high-octane action "Fast" sequel. Jaa, the star of the terrific "Ong-Bak" trilogy, is the master here, though Diesel looks to be quite the star pupil as he's able to keep up with his trainer's incredible moves, which mostly involve high kicks and rolls. In fact, Diesel at least once puts Jaa on his back — whether it was 'on purpose' on the part of the teacher is unclear, though he heartily approves with a cheerful hand slap to the floor.
Ever the generous social media maestro, Diesel posted the video as a thank you to his fans for reaching 50 million (million!) likes. The vid, which also features still photos of the star in training set to some oh-so-tight reggae dub music, concludes with the message: "50 Million Beautiful Multicultural Souls … Welcome to the Family … All Love."
It's unclear who will be on the receiving end of these impressive martial arts moves in "Fast 7," though it could be Jaa himself, as he's listed as a cast member on the film's IMDb page. Or maybe we'll finally be getting that rematch with The Rock after the two titans beat the holy bejeezus out of each other in "Fast Five" and "Fast 6."
Diesel certainly looks great, showing off a more athletic build for "Furious 7" versus the big n' brawny look he had in the last two "Furious" films. It's a return to the physique he had way back in "xXx" (2002), the action thriller in which he played an extreme sports enthusiast recruited for sexy international NSA operations. That film featured Diesel performing more 'martial arts' kind of moves versus the brutal 'punchy' kind of fighting he's done in "Pitch Black," "Knockaround Guys," and previous "Fast & Furious" outings.
Diesel's been all about the leaner, meaner physicality lately — the entire first act of this fall's "Riddick" was almost an extended 'training montage' as Diesel's stranded convict taught himself how to survive a dangerous alien terrain. He also showed off some rather limber moves on stilts in a video released last week, which he said was in preparation for his motion-capture role as Groot, the giant walking, talking tree creature of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Now in his late forties, Vin Diesel most certainly still has the goods. But after the extreme physicality of "Fast & Furious 7" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," maybe it's a good idea for him to take a break with a less strenuous gig? We'll go on record in saying that we wouldn't mind a sequel to "The Iron Giant." That probably goes for the rest of the world, too.