Laughing at his own silly metaphor, Diesel continues, “Because it’s so hard to continue mythologies.” When Malkin half-jokingly suggests that Diesel considers the Fast & Furious movies “The Lord Of The Rings of action movies,” the actor happily rolls with it. “From your mouth to god’s ears. It’s so true.”

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And while we might be tempted to debate whether it is so true—or whether Tolkien actually did quit writing because he couldn’t figure out what to do after sending an Ent into space in 2 Towers 2 Furious—actually shut up, because then Vin Diesel did his Tolkien impression. “I should have stopped after The Hobbit,” he says in a British(?) accent, shaking with imagined Tolkien-y disdain. We know things were touch-and-go back during CandyAss Gate, but god bless this big bald dweeb.