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Running On Diesel

Author: Darryn King
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Penrith’s infamous Bloc Nightclub are playing host to hollywood hunk Vin Diesel. We know…we’re changing our pants right now too. 3D caught up with Bloc’s manager Brett Hunt to find out how we can fill our tanks with Diesel. OMG!

We’ve got Vin Diesel coming to party at Bloc because… It’s our theme party night, held third Friday of every month. 21 Sept is Dress as your Favourite Movie Star – $1000 cash split between first, second and third.

On the night, he’ll be… Helping judge the dress up competition as well as sign autographs and get photos with some contestants and customers.

We’ll be pimping the sounds of… RNB and hip hop in the Industry Room plus house and dance in our fully themed Island Room.

The talent we’ve got lined up to play includes… Nino Brown and Samrai, both doing three hour sets, plus Jimmy Z in the Island Room.

The other tricks up our sleeve include… An awesome lighting and laser show, our usual hot podium dancers in cages, MC Uncle Abe to hype you up and play some games with excellent prizes.

Check out our night if you’re the kind of kid who likes… A variety of entertainment all in one venue, all night! Great tunes plus a large crowd of people to party with!

WHAT: Bloc Nightclub
WHEN: Friday 21 September


You know him from his work as Dominic Toretto from Fast And The Furious, but chances are there are a lot of things you don’t know about Vin Diesel…

Believe it or not, Vin Diesel is not his real name. He was actually born Mark Vincent. Vin is obviously an abbreviation of Vincent, but the ‘Diesel’ bit comes from the impression he gives of running on diesel fuel.

Mr Diesel’s first film role was not an action-packed adrenaline-racing car-crash movie, oh no! His first substantial film role was alongside (sort of) Robert De Niro and Robin Williams – as an orderly in Awakenings. Robert De Niro was nominated for Best Actor. Vin Diesel wasn’t nominated for shit.

Speaking of De Niro, Mr Diesel has compared himself to the great man himself, but probably not in the way you think. Referring to his unusually private life, he has said, “I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence.” Good for you, Vin!

Mr Diesel made his name as a writer, director and producer. Jeez, he’s virtually Woody Allen! He even had one of his short films selected for play at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr Diesel hopes to return to directing for Hannibal The Conqueror, which he’ll also have the title role in (and has nothing to do with cannibalism).

Mr Diesel refused the lead role in the video game-based film Doom – a role that eventually went to The Rock. It was a wise move that ensured his continuing status as a credible actor. He accepted the lead role in Pacifier instead.

It isn’t only Mr Diesel’s biceps that are rippling – check out his wallet. For his “performance” in The Fast And The Furious he made two million dollars, for xXx he bagged a cool 10 million dollars, and for the Chronicles of Riddick he “earned” 11.5 million dollars…