Vin Diesel is likely a name that you know from the Fast and Furious film series and a number of other releases that he’s starred in. However, Vin Diesel hasn’t always been as successful as he is today, with new footage emerging of the star-to-be selling “Street Sharks” back at a toy fair in 1994. Talk about humble beginnings. In fact, fans would argue that Vin Diesel has had to work a lot harder than others to get to the position he’s in today.
Mark Sinclair, who goes by the street name of Vin Diesel, is believed to have explored a number of career options, including the aforementioned selling of children’s toys. However, selling Street Sharks at a toy fair in 1994 is possibly one of the wackiest backstories that fans have seen come to light about any celebrity. That being said, it definitely does give his followers a good deal of admiration towards Vin Diesel, who is widely considered to be one of the most talented acting stars of his time. No wonder he’s so busy!
The footage quite clearly shows Vin Diesel throwing himself into selling those Street Sharks during the toy fair. In fact, we even see a small glimpse into Diesel’s future acting career, as he wildly beats up those Ninja Turtles. If Vin Diesel was pitching Street Sharks to us today, we’d be more than happy to throw some money at him.
Watching the footage, you’ll also notice a fun little bonus: Every time Vin Diesel says the word “fantastic,” it sounds like he’s saying “Vintastic.” That’s an amusing little addition to the footage that will surely make fans chuckle.
Following a very successful career as a toy salesman, Vin Diesel began his acting career in the late 1990s, making several uncredited appearances in a range of small films. However, Diesel’s big break undeniably came when he landed the role of Dominic Toretto in the first Fast and Furious film, a role which he reprised in several of the film’s sequels. It was that very role that landed Diesel a number of awards and also follow-up roles in other big hits, including appearances in a number of video games, most notably being The Chronicles of Riddick and Wheelman, to name a few.
We think it’s fair to say that Vin Diesel has assumed something of a “tough guy gangster” role in many of the films that he’s appeared in thus far. However, his acting career took something of a sharp turn with his recent appearance in The Last Which Hunter. The American fantasy-themed film saw Diesel assume the role of Kaulder, which, as you can imagine, is something of a different role to what we’ve seen him take in the past. Either way, it’s definitely impressive to see Vin Diesel broadening his acting scope with films like this.
In all, though, it’s always interesting to see nuggets of information around Vin Diesel’s past arising. However, it goes without saying that this footage of Diesel selling Street Sharks at a toy fair in 1994 is undeniably some of the most unique that we’ve seen.
It does, however, give us a fair amount of admiration towards Vin Diesel’s somewhat ordinary past. In an industry where many stars have found their success because of their parents or other relatives, Diesel’s arriving is definitely a refreshing one. Now we just can’t wait to see what films Vin Diesel makes an appearance in next.