Vin Diesel on D&D

Apparently, Vin Diesel recently seriously outted himself as a D&D player on Conan O’Brien’s show. Here’s the excerpt, courtesy of ENWorld:

Conan: You have this image right now, of an action star, tough guy, but there is, for lack of a better term, maybe a slightly nerdy side to Vin Diesel, is that fair to say?
audience: *laughs*
Conan: Please don’t rip my head off, reach into my neck, and pull my heart out, but… You can do that later, but.., let’s just say a side of you that people might not expect.
Vin: I spent a lot of years playing a game called Dungeons and Dragons.
audience: *laughs*
Vin: Very few people know that I was rolling 20-sided dice and talking like a half-orc
Conan: You would talk in the voice when you played the game?
Vin: Oh, we completely role-played, yea.
Conan: *laughs* you’re kidding?!
Vin: (in the voice of a half-orc) “How dare you!?”
Conan: That’s amazing! (in a nerdy voice) “Fear not, Gandalf is on the way!”
audience: *laughs*
Conan: That’s what I would be, if I was playing with you. You would not let me play with you, probably. You’d be like “that guy’s too nerdy, he’s gotta go.”
audience: *laughs*
Conan: So you played this for like how long?
Vin: For like 24 years.
Conan: For 24 years?! *laughs* I know…
audience: *laughs*
Vin: Now I call it the training ground for imagination.
Conan: Right, well that’s very…
Vin: But this was before video games. I started playing in the 70s. And, this was, I mean, I could have played Risk, Monopoly, or D&D.
Conan: Right, which was probably the cooler of those games.
Vin: I think, yea.
Conan: And you created a character for youself, didn’t you?
Vin: I created a character… No one knows this, but in Triple-X, one of the tattoos, right above my belly-button, or below my belly button, I don’t know why I’m saying this *hoots from audience*, was the name Melkor. And that came from a character that I had, uh..
Conan: That you created in Dungeons and Dragons?
Vin: that I created. That was a Drow witch-hunter. Double-specialized witch-hunter. but this is all
Conan: There are so many nerds watching right now who are just thrilled. Cause you’re making them cool, suddenly. All these guys are watching going “Go, Vin Diesel, Go! Go!” All hail, Melkor, you know?
audience: *applause and laughter*
Conan: I think that’s neat though. See that you did, see that you’ll talk about it.

Vin goes way up in my esteem. A pity Conan didn’t let him continue.

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19 Responses to Vin Diesel on D&D

  1. IdahoEv says:

    Suddenly, I have a little respect for Vin Diesel. Who knew.

    Ev

  2. Solonor says:

    I agree. He’s moved up a notch in my book, too.

  3. darkminister says:

    I had heard about that before. There is also a story about him walking into a gaming store not long ago and buying the whole set of D & D 3rd edition books. And the store owner going was that just Vin Diesel ???

    The guy is obviously more then what he portrays in movies.

    I am sure there are more examples then we know of people who played role-playing games.

  4. Scott says:

    Yeah, I had that bit on his being in a gaming shop; can’t find it in the archives, but it’s there, somewhere.

    Some other somewhat big star is a D&D person, but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

  5. MT Fierce says:

    My husband comments, upon reading this excerpt, “I have a feeling Conan was also a gamer… and knew how gamers can go on about their characters,” being the explanation of why he didn’t let him continue.

    At least it wasn’t a halfling thief.

  6. Anastassia says:

    i love u Vin Diesel ur the best actor in the whole world!!
    I watched the new movie 2 fast 2 furious it sucked without u it would have had such more action in it with u too bad !!
    Anywayz i m the biggest fan of urs ur my hero and i luv u if u can itll make meh reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy happy send an email back
    oh yeah my name is anna and im 14 i m from russia i luv u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Felicia Byers says:

    I absolutly luv vin diesel.He’s so rough and gruff that for some reason he can seem so sensitive(even though it might make any sense).First of all i’m obsessed with him cuz he’s so hot and devoted to his fans u gotta luv him.Plus he just seems like a great guy.Where ever u r vin i luv ya to pieces.

  8. Felicia Byers says:

    I absolutly luv vin diesel.He’s so rough and gruff that for some reason he can seem so sensitive(even though it might make any sense).First of all i’m obsessed with him cuz he’s so hot and devoted to his fans u gotta luv him.Plus he just seems like a great guy.Where ever u r vin i luv ya to pieces.

  9. Felicia Byers says:

    I absolutly luv vin diesel.He’s so rough and gruff that for some reason he can seem so sensitive(even though it might make any sense).First of all i’m obsessed with him cuz he’s so hot and devoted to his fans u gotta luv him.Plus he just seems like a great guy.Where ever u r vin i luv ya to pieces.

  10. lazarus says:

    In a similar vein, I remember hearing that Jason Alexander (George Costanza from Seinfeld) was a huge Magic: the Gathering player.

    Kinda neat to find celeb gamers.

  11. Li says:

    Vin Diesel has the same problem a lot of other actors have–he gets typecast. No casting director in his/her right mind would cast him as a nerdy or intellectual character…at least, not until he gets a better agent.

  12. oopsz says:

    Vin diesel gets a +1 karma bonus from now on. Rock out.

  13. lets go dnd says:

    omg go melkor continue playing and upgrade to 3.5 books

  14. Scott says:

    So do you, buddy.

  15. Eddie says:

    I must say dose everyone think this people have to be the people they act like in movies most of this people live differnt lifes than they act in movies. It just anois me when people say stuff like he never acted like that in the movies.

  16. Heather says:

    gosh vin i dent know that you where such a neard lol, ok iam olny playin you can never be a neard in my book!!!!!!by the way you where a cute baby i have one pix of you when you where a baby.

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