Exclusive: Vin Diesel explains why he wanted to play Bloodshot

Ian Sandwell

From Digital Spy

Vin Diesel is swapping Fast & Furious car stunts for superhero thrills in his new movie Bloodshot, and he's now revealed what attracted him to the role.

In a new featurette that looks at the origins of Bloodshot, Diesel explains that he was "drawn to the idea of playing a character that had superhero-like powers who uncovers that his mind is manipulated".

He stars as marine Ray Garrison who is reborn by a team of scientists with nanotechnology after he is killed in action.

With nanotechnology in his veins, Garrison becomes stronger than ever and gains the ability to heal instantly, transforming him into the superhero Bloodshot. But he's unaware that he isn't in control of his own body – or his mind.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Garrison doesn't know what's real and what's not, but he's on a mission to find out and seek revenge.

As co-creator Bob Layton explains, the character is "kind of like Frankenstein as James Bond", with Kevin VanHook adding: "The idea was they were experimenting ultimately to try to create immortality."

Bloodshot also stars Baby Driver and Hobbs & Shaw star Eiza González and she's promised a superhero movie like no other.

"It's completely different to anything I've done before. It's badass," she enthused. "Enjoy your traditional superheroes because when Bloodshot comes out, it's gonna be a whole new game."

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures

Last year, Diesel said that Garrison is "one of the most complex characters I have been fortunate enough to play": "Ray Garrison is a central character in the Valiant Comic Universe... Hope to make you proud."

Bloodshot also stars Outlander's Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris and Talulah Riley.

Bloodshot will be released in UK cinemas on March 11 and US cinemas on March 13.


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