Movies: The Next Action Hero

It's not just Vin Diesel's brawn but his multiethnic background that gives the XXX star mass appeal

For the past decade, Hollywood has been desperately trying to pump some testosterone into the lucrative but enervated action genre. With Stallone and Schwarzenegger approaching 60, the studios have actually taught skinny guys like Keanu Reeves and Tobey Maguire how to fight. They've even taken the drastic measure of coming up with some really interesting action ideas, like The Matrix.

But Hollywood sees an unlikely savior on the horizon: Vin Diesel. Tough, stoic and tawny, with muscles like Adonis and a voice so deep only Bea Arthur can imitate it, Diesel became a star last summer in the surprise street-racing hit...

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