MANILA, Philippines -- Hollywood film star Vin Diesel created quite a stir among his Pinoy fans recently when he announced, via Facebook, a visit to the country soon.
According to the 45-year-old bald and bemuscled actor-writer-director-producer, the visit is part of the promotional tour of the sixth installment of the "The Fast And The Furious" series of films.
He went on to share his excitement over the visit, maintaining that he had "always wanted to go."
Diesel is rumored to be attending the gala premiere for the movie and while a news item on Rappler.com has said that the movie's local distributor, Solar Entertainment, already announced so, there is still no definite itinerary for the actor during his visit.
At this point, even the rumored appearance of Diesel's "The Fast And The Furious" co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Walker at the premiere - which will reportedly be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City - remains unconfirmed.
Born Mark Sinclair Vincent, the former theater actor changed his name to Vin Diesel while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub early in his career.
Diesel got his big break via "Multi-Facial" (1994), a self-produced, self-directed short semi-autobiographical film that caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who subsequently cast him in the 1998 Oscar-winning "Saving Private Ryan."
"The Fast and the Furious" is a series of action films which centers on illegal street racing. It was established in 2001 with the eponymous first installment, and has since been followed by four sequels, and two short films that tie into the series.