Vin Diesel compares Riddick to Pitch Black

Exclusive: “I think it’s fair to say there’s a lot of similarities”

In issue 209 of Total Film magazine, we sit down with Vin Diesel to discuss his return to the sci-fi character with whom he made his name: Riddick.

Yep, the hulking Furyan is back for an R-rated adventure that’s set to have more in common with the lean thrills of Pitch Black than the bloated mythology of The Chronicles Of Riddick.

Inside the issue (which is available for the incredible price of just £1.99 on your iPad), we meet face-to-face with the star, who’s currently riding high after the biggest box-office success of his career with Fast & Furious 6. Here’s a sneak peek at what he had to say about the return to Riddick:

“Yeah, I think it’s fair to say there’s a lot of similarities with Pitch Black, which was something that the audience, the fans, really wanted. They wanted us to leave the PG-13 behind and go back to an R. We all know how hard that is to do in Hollywood…”

And on his scene-stealing co-star (a pooch who acts as his companion), Diesel told us:

“The dog is in some ways my co-star, which is very Riddick.” Shades too of Mad Max? “It could look a little Mad Max-y,” he said. “Funny you should say that. I remember back when we were shooting Pitch Black, one of the actors was saying, ‘Oh, this is just going to go to DVD. Why are we killing ourselves?’ And I remember the DP, David Eggby, saying, ‘I remember working on another movie where someone said that. It was called Mad Max!’”

Riddick opens in the UK on 4 September 2013. For much more from Vin Diesel, pick up issue 209 of Total Film magazine, which is out now!

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