Vin Diesel has certainly climbed up the mountain of action heroes and for good reason. Vin has put his name to some impressive films throughout his career. His most notable that doesn’t have him behind a steering wheel has been voicing a self-sentient tree in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting in “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014. It marked the first of six appearances in the billion-dollar franchise as Groot, his most recent being the short film series on Disney+, “I Am Groot.”
Vin Diesel easily has range. He has been in many different forms of film playing many different characters. With such a range, you would imagine that Diesel would be open to many different paths. This just wasn’t the case when Dave Grohl gave the call.
Grohl hoped the face of the “Fast and Furious” franchise would be game for a laugh in Studio 666. Unfortunately, he wasn’t up for the task, leading to the guest list for the one-off Foo Fighters film having a distinct lack of Diesel.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, Dave Grohl reveled in the fun that was had with the meta-movie wrapped in electric guitars and exorcisms, “Studio 666.” Described by Grohl himself as “the most ridiculous f*****g idea I’ve ever heard,” the film followed the band moving into a mansion to record a new album, only for their creative process to get interrupted by a hellish curse on the premises. Besides dabbling in devilish activities, the film boasted a wild collection of cameos varying from Lionel Richie to John Carpenter. One person that didn’t make an appearance, however, was Vin Diesel.
Grohl stated about the lack of Vin: “We f*****g asked Vin Diesel to be in the movie! We were like, ‘Oh my god, ten million people will go see this film!’ And he said no.” While Diesel would’ve been a pleasant surprise, the names that ended up in “Studio 666” were more than enough.