Vin Diesel isn’t just pretty (or not so pretty) face, as the Fast and Furious 6 actor believes that he’s the reason why Facebook is so popular and has claimed that it owes him “billions of dollars”.
The 45-year-old star has spoken to Entertainment Weekly, where he revealed how he was the biggest star on the social network once upon a time.
Having signed up for the site in 2009, Diesel has managed to accrue an impressive 41.5 million ‘likes’ on his official fan page.
“What Facebook didn’t realise is something very big was about to happen, and that was—for the first time in history, and it’s kind of a fluke they didn’t see this coming—when I jumped on that page in April 2009, I started talking to people. In the realest ways,” Diesel told the magazine.
“Imagine if you could’ve been a Facebook friend to Marlon Brando, or whoever your role models are. Imagine, if you were able to Facebook Elvis, and talk to him, and hear from him without the Hollywood of it all.”
According to Diesel, the only person more popular than him on Facebook was the president of the US – Barack Obama, but he’s rapidly spiralled down the popularity ranks as stars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have overtaken him.
“So, when I started talking to the fans, I became the No. 1 page in the world,” Diesel boasted. “Over Coca-Cola, over huge companies. And it was only because I said: ‘Hi, guys, I love you.’ ”
The actor, who stars in the new movie alongside Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez, also revealed that Facebook approached him for consultation meetings so they could crack his secret to being so popular.
“Facebook used to ask me to come up to their office to explain what the f–k I was doing, and why I had so many fans,” he said, revealing that his real secret was being hands-on with the social networking.
“I never let anyone do a post, I never let anyone post for me in the last four years. My audience knows me so well on the page that if my producing partner’s in the room when I post, they’ll know somebody was around me. That’s kind of cool, that’s how sophisticated they are. Facebook really owes me billions of dollars. But whatever.”