This is a PREVIEW of the Vin Diesel cover story in the APRIL 2015 issue.
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He’s the most famous former nightclub bouncer in the world, a high-octane movie star steering not one but four enormous film franchises. But as Furious 7 races into theaters this month, Vin Diesel stops to teach us a master class in confidence and getting your way—two skills worth knowing, whichever side of the red-velvet rope you’re on.
A basket and ice chest are lugged in by Vin Diesel’s anime-eyed assistant, Tiffany, who artfully arranges several square yards of breakfast on the table outside the studio where Diesel is booked to do vocal overdubs for Furious 7, the latest installment in one of his four massive film franchises. But Diesel is still on the road, in the passenger seat of a black Cadillac Escalade, inching through San Fernando Valley traffic on the way to the Warner Bros. lot, miles of freeway between him and the oatmeal and breakfast burritos, French toast, pancakes, smoothies, and juices—more breakfast than one man could possibly eat—that are fanned out across the table like some Department of Agriculture food-group chart. Tiffany, a Salt Lake City native who’s been Diesel’s assistant on his last three pictures, shrugs when asked why this much breakfast. “I just figure I’ll get it all,” she says, “and that way we’re sure he gets what he wants.” Which is what Vin Diesel usually does.