The Fast & Furious star started his career as a background actor on films and TV sets in his native New York City, and his humble beginnings brought him to a film starring the Indiana Jones icon, and Diesel jumped at the chance to pick the actor's brain on his craft.

In an interview with U.S. chat show The Talk on Wednesday (01Apr15), Diesel recalled, "When I was growing up as an actor in New York, they would say don't ever do extra work, because they'll never see you as a real actor. But I was hungry, and I needed to get some money.

"If you're a doctor you can go to the hospital, if you're a lawyer you can go out and seek advice on what that career lane might be like, but if you have aspirations to be a movie star, there's no one really that you can go to (for advice), and now I had an opportunity...

"So Harrison Ford is at the craft service (table) and I go over to him and I say, 'Can I ask you a question? Can I ask you how you became a movie star?'

"He was very generous and he said, 'Let's take these apple boxes and let's sit over there and I'll tell you how I did it.' He said, '15 years ago, I and 12 other friends went to Hollywood. Three years later, two friends went home. Three years later, five friends went home - I just never left. I never gave up.'...

"That valuable advice is kinda what I would give (to) some youngsters that want to follow their dreams. Just don't ever give up."