I did not know about this video until today. I heard on Justin Long’s podcast that Jason Ritter recently watched the video with his wife, Melanie Lynskey, and they were both left dumbstruck, wondering why Diesel’s people had not figured out how to take the video down.
It is painfully awkward, somehow even more awkward than the time a drunken Ben Affleck hit on a reporter. The interview is from the xXx tour, so sometime around 2017, so he was definitely old enough to know better. I had to stop the video a couple of times to compose myself because it is too cringe. The reporter clearly wants to continue the interview, but Diesel will not stop talking about how beautiful she is.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you might need to watch from behind your hands to shield yourself from the full-on cringe assault.
Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of Jason Ritter or Melanie Lynskey or even John Ritter, I highly recommend this episode of Life is Short.
Correction: In the original draft, I noted that the video was from 2002 when the original ‘xXx’ was released. It was in fact from 2017, while Diesel was promoting the third ‘xXx’ movie.