Vin Diesel could find himself working behind the camera more often if filmmaker Steven Spielberg gets his way.
Vin directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the 1997 movie Strays, in which he played a drug dealer looking for a better life. He also directed and starred in the 1995 short film Multi-Facial, which led Steven to cast him in Saving Private Ryan.
Speaking during a recent interview with The National, the 52-year-old actor revealed director Steven has been encouraging him to direct more often.
"Speaking of Steven Spielberg, I saw him recently, and he had said to me, 'When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair.'" Vin said, admitting: "I haven't directed enough."
The star went on to say he hopes to complete a planned film series about famed Carthaginian military leader Hannibal Barca, who fought the Romans during the Second Punic War in around 200 BC.
"I haven't done it yet," he added. "As much as I am grateful for the accomplishments, there are moments when I go 'God, you promised the universe, very specifically, the Hannibal Barca trilogy, and you haven't delivered it. You traveled all over the world.'"