Vin Diesel at the Riddick Los Angeles Premiere

Posted on August 29, 2013

Should we even bother with a style critique?


Vin Diesel attends the premiere of “Riddick” in Los Angeles.

He’s never not going to look like a bouncer in a strip club and since that seems to be the goal, there wouldn’t be a point in haranguing him for it.

It’s a shame, though. You strip all that crap away and he’s a striking man who photographs very well. No, really. If someone gave him some guidance and let him know that he can hold onto his dearly held masculinity while still putting some thought into what looks best on him, he’d seriously rock some fashion. Let’s see some Tom Ford or Gucci, properly tailored and fitted. Let’s see a tie. Let’s see some shoes other than Frankenstein’s old pair. Let’s ditch the douchetastic aviators on the red carpet. Also, the thumbs up. For God’s sake, someone save this poor man from himself.

This is us, not haranguing.



[Phot Credit: Izumi Hasegawa/]

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    • Donyelle

      a properly hemmed pant and jodhurs boots would have made him look sharp.

      • Imasewsure

        Are you sensing an Erich Von Stroheim vibe here? More fun than this for sure so I support it!

      • The Gifted Collector

        He needs to be told to wear the shoes he’s going to wear with his pants when he has them tailored. That’s an awful sentence, but I know y’all understand what I’m trying to say.

    • AnnPopovic

      I only ever see him as Riddick anyway, so he could be wearing a clown suit with toasters on his feet and a small child glued to his head and I’d still only see RIDDICK…and SIGH. He’s the exception to the rule, that one. Yum.

    • housefulofboys

      Aw, I agree with everything you say. But. I love Vin so much and from everything you hear he is a genuinely nice guy so I’m gonna give him a pass on everything but the shoes. “Frankenstein’s old pair” – too funny.

    • kittenwithaquip

      Sadly, as he ages, I see more and more Kojak, and less and less Riddick.

      • housefulofboys

        And what’s wrong with Kojak may I ask? Telly Savalas was a cool dude (I know, I’m practically admitting my age…)

        • kittenwithaquip

          There’s nothing wrong with Kojak, and the reference ages me, too (43). Look closely at my profile pic: equal parts Kojak and Lolita. It’s just that I doubt that’s the image Vin is trying to conjure.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Actually Telly Savalas had great personal style.

        • Imasewsure

          His Hey Day was the late 70’s and early 80’s…. no one had great personal style but he was unique, and always dressed with care, that is for sure

    • marlie

      For a bouncer in a strip club, he looks pretty good.

    • Glam Dixie

      No, does not want.

    • Karen Belgrad

      “Should we even bother with a style critique?”… Fuhgeddaboudit

    • hughman

      Centuries ago when I lived in NYC, he went to my GAY GAY GAY gym (the first David Barton on 6th Avenue). This was before he was “famous” and I had no idea he was an actor. I just thought he talked a lot too loudly. He also didn’t really do anything particularly gay (other than being at that gym all the time) and seemed to talk to ladies so I never paid him much mind. Then when I saw Pitch Black I was all “whuuuut??”.

      And this is how babies are made. The end.

    • kimmeister

      I think he and Pitbull have the same stylist.

    • ghopping

      Straighten his sunglasses and we’ll talk.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Can he and Bobby Cannavale please play brothers or cousins or something already? Preferably while shirtless.

    • leahpapa

      I pity this guy. I get the sense that he didn’t necessarily want a career as a human video game, but his management and casting agents didn’t quite know what to do with him. With films like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Find Me Guilty,” I suppose he was trying to explore other terrain, but he somehow got stuck in what I affectionately call Le Cinéma du Man Cave. C’est triste.

      • conniemd

        I see you mentioned “Find Me Guilty” while I was typing about it. But yeah, he’s definitely typecast now.

        • leahpapa

          Great minds!

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Maybe he figures he’ll do the fun stupid movies now to make plenty of bank for him and his kid, and then when he gets to his fifties he’ll try to leave that behind and do more dramatic roles. Like a reverse Liam Neeson.

        • ana170

          If that’s what he’s doing (which I doubt because I know he was pushing to do other things), he needs to start now. Waiting isn’t going to help his career unless he’s hoping Sylvester Stallone will still be around to pull him out of the semi-retirement he’s going to end up in.

          • fursa_saida

            He’s got a (fairly minimal) Marvel gig now, so that might open up some options.

    • conniemd

      Did anyone ever see him in “Find Me Guilty” where he played a mobster (true story) who defended himself. It’s was a really funny and good trial movie that I think very few people saw.

    • nannypoo

      Well, he is what he is. At least he shaved recently. I think he looks pretty good.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Vin Diesel, ever since I learned he is a huge D&D nerd and got Judi Dench and Karl Urban to play it with him on the set of Riddick. He also has the name of his long-term D&D character tattooed on his body. Gotta love a huge geek stuck inside that body. But yeah, the styling is tragic.

      • In_Stitches

        He comes across as so ‘bro'; I never would have pictured him for a nerd. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover I suppose.

      • lulukittie

        I think I remember him being a WoW player as well. Wasn’t he featured in one of the ad campaigns? The man is like a human Orc.

      • SugarSnap108

        And just like that, you have turned me into a Vin Diesel fangirl. I may have to watch this thing called Riddick.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I wonder if Judi Dench still plays D&D, and with whom. I also want to know what Dame Jude played in Vin’s game. I would kill to be at that gaming table. Yes, yes. I am a huge nerd too, hence my love for Vin.

        • Derek_anny

          Riddick is great when you realize it’s two plots twisted together. One is Dame Judi Dench with Karl Urban and Thandi Newton politicking, the other is Vin Diesel one-liners and associated setups. I think they work together pretty well.

    • JauntyJohn

      The tailoring is pretty good overall, and given his physique, I think some extra points should be awarded for the jacket’s fit, against how many barrel chested and developed men we’ve seen who can’t seem to get the jacket right (yes. the bar is that low).
      I think if it were a bit more high-end we might call this a “signature look.”

      Just after he hit big he came into a Borders where I worked (ah, youth. Remember bookstores?) and he and a handler/agent bought a bunch of books. H/A was a tool, but Mr. Diesel could not have been nicer.

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Borders, wow. That brings back memories. My uncle is pals with VD’s brother and by all accounts, he (VD) is a truly good guy.

      • Kate4queen

        Borders, ‘sniff’ went down the month I had 2 new books out, lost all the stock to the creditors, and one of my publishers dumped my series (sorry as you were)

        • Qitkat

          A published writer! Awesome. Too bad about your stock. Care to share any titles?

    • Kimmu

      You gotta at least give the man props for wearing a skirt in public at least once in his life at the height of action career and not giving a fuck.

      • foodycatAlicia

        That leather kilt was the best he has ever looked.

        • Kimmu

          He really was smoking hot in it.

          Ahhh I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for him since he’s such a nerd and comes across as such a decent guy.

      • smayer

        Had to Google it. Lord, I wish they’d make the God of War movie with him.

    • annabelle archer

      Who loves ya baby?

      (someone last VD post pointed that out, and now it’s all I can see.)

    • Randy Noak

      If this were slightly less shiny, I wouldn’t mind so much.

    • Tanya Wade

      Telly Savalas, the douche years.

    • MilaXX

      I guess he”d be okay if someone Willis’d him up

    • crash1212

      Only thing vaguely interesting about this post is the cute outfit on the woman in the background left in photo #2. Way cute. He’s a goombah and always will be.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Completely and utterly style-free. Bummer.

    • nyazgirl


    • Sarah

      Frankenstein’s old shoes! Hahahaha! What do his NEW ones look like, I wonder…

    • Janet B

      Those glasses are covering his lovely face (I didn’t know I cared).

      • Qitkat

        The glasses are bothering me because they’re crooked.

        • Janet B

          Uneven ears?

          • Qitkat


    • mjude

      frankenstein’s old shoes….LOL

    • JaCory Deon

      The suit’s too big (let us see your body), the shoes look like Sunday’s best, and the glasses take him all the way to the land of douchebag. No doubt it’s hard to dress up such a beefy body, but he’s naturally handsome and could do more with some easy changes.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        I agree… He could very easily looked (even!) better with just a touch of tailoring in the pants. A nice looking man, but damn, would he easily take it to the next level… (and rare to read everyone saying that this guy is the real deal, a very nice guy…(love the D&D story)

    • Trickytrisha

      Ya know, I don’t really expect much from him, style wise, so I’m not disappointed. He seems to be comfortable in the way he presents himself, unpretentious and laid back. Would it be nice to see him all spiffed up? Sure. But until he takes the hint from TLo, he’ll do just fine.

    • quiltrx

      For a man who makes his dollas (and makes the gals holla) in form-fitting clothes, he sure doesn’t have a clue how to make us drool when he’s on the RC! This sack-ish suit thing he does is just making me sad. He could at least hit us with a crisp shirt.
      I would MUCH rather he show up in a tank top, tight jeans, and combat boots than THIS. Throw us a bone, Vin…you’re Riddick for cripes’ sake!

      • Lisa Hager


    • a_liking

      to add to the chorus: Vin Diesel seems like genuinely such a kind, humble, charming guy. take a look at his facebook page — it’s filled with cheesy and delightful hand-photoshopped inspirational quotes/images. also I LOVE the first Riddick movie and will definitely be seeing this next one, so I can’t even begin to hate on this look, no matter how standard it is.

    • Contralto

      I don’t care. I can’t help it. I love him.

    • Louise Bryan

      “Should we even bother with a style critique?”

      — Probably not. Vin be Vin, shiny suit and all.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      “Bouncer at a strip club” is perfect – that’s exactly it.

    • Diego!

      I have one word only for his look: MOB

    • Danielle

      I’d still hit it.

    • RL McGruder

      Pitbull could really give him some style lessons. That man is always rocking expertly tailored clothing, and I don’t think of him as anything but hypermasculine. It was a shock when I finally saw him without shades, because let’s just say…for me, the outfit really DID make the man.

    • Lisa Hager

      The suit is okay (though boring), but those shoes and the pant hem are just not doing him any favors.

    • Sadie-Ann

      He comes off as very likeable to me (maybe I’ve watched the Pacifier too many times on TV), so I think he deserves better. Let’s find him better!

    • Shawn EH

      Pitbull called. He wants his suit back.