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Vin Diesel to Get $10M in Thriller

August 1, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``XXX″ will mean a big payday for actor Vin Diesel.

The tough-guy star of ``The Fast and the Furious″ has signed for $10 million to star in the urban spy thriller about an extreme-sports athlete recruited by authorities to infiltrate a crime ring, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.

Production on the Revolution Studios film is scheduled to begin by the end of the year for a July 2002 release.

Director Rob Cohen compared Diesel’s character in ``XXX″ to an edgier James Bond.

``Just like you can’t have `Dr. No’ without Sean Connery, you can’t have `XXX’ without Vin,″ Cohen said. ``What Sean was to the ’60s, Vin is to the 2000s. In the Kennedy era, Sean was an image of masculinity, charm, vulnerability and sexiness. Vin represents that for this new millennium.″

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