10 Things You Didn’t Know About the ‘xXx’ Franchise

XXX followed extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage becoming a special agent for the government. After many years, Xander Cage is back so it’s time to get to know the action franchise a little better. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about it.

1. This was actually Vin Diesel‘s first lead role.

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2. Eric Bana turned down the role to do The Nugget.

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3. In order to train for the role, Diesel worked with MMA fighters.

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4. Vin Diesel had to learn how to ride a motocross bike before filming.

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5. Stuntman Harry O’Connor died from being hit with a pillar of the Palacky Bridge while para-sailing for a scene.

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6. All of Xander Cage’s tattoos are fake.

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7. Diesel actually signed up to do the second movie along with Rob Cohen, but they both dropped out.

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8. Conor McGregor was going to be in xXx: Return of Xander Cage but pulled out so he was replace with Michael Bisping.

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9. The third movie is Bollywood actress’s Deepika Padukone Hollywood debut.

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10. This is the second time Diesel returned to a movie franchise after skipping the second installment.

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage hits theaters January 20, 2017.

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