In just a few short months, Fast & Furious 8 will start production in New York City and Atlanta, with Vin Diesel reprising his now-iconic role as Dominic Torreto. Like almost every actor, Vin Diesel wasn't born a star, and he had to work his way through the ranks to achieve the fame he has earned today. Of course, along the way, he most certainly had to take on a number of odd jobs to pay the bills, and today a video surfaced from 1994 that showcases the now-famous actor as an incredibly enthusiastic salesman for Street Sharks.
The video was taken from the 1994 Toy Fair, showcasing the actor reveling in his products, showcasing the features of these action figures. At one point in the video, he even puts on a shark hand puppet, showcasing the "Rocky Balboa action" of this toy. Thankfully for the actor, he wouldn't have to sell toys for too long, because just a few years later, he would get his big break, thanks to director Steven Spielberg.
A year after this video was taken, Vin Diesel debuted his first short film Multi-Facial in 1995, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. In 1997, he followed that up with his first feature film Strays, which debuted in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Steven Spielberg was so drawn to his performance in Multi-Facial that he cast him in the 1998 hit Saving Private Ryan.
He followed that up with providing the voice for The Iron Giant in 1999, along with roles in 2000's Boiler Room and Pitch Black, and the 2001 action-thriller The Fast and the Furious. The rest, as they say, was history, and the actor went on to be one of the biggest stars of the 21st Century. But, as you can see in the video below, Vin Diesel once had a very strange job before he became a household name.
Vin Diesel is actually gearing up to shoot two different franchises this year, with Fast & Furious 8 starting production this spring, with his sequel XXX: The Return of Xander Cage expected to follow later this year. Take a look at this video below, to watch Vin Diesel play with Street Shark toys, at a time when he actually had hair on his head. What do you think about the global superstar's former day job?