Vin Diesel: Facebook “Owes Me Billions of Dollars”
Vin Diesel is explaining the secret to his chart-topping Facebook popularity. The Fast & Furious star has 41 million likes on the social networking site, and was even the number 1 fan page in the world at one point.
“What Facebook didn’t realize 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 tells Entertainment Weekly.
He explains, “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. That was the Fast & Furious experience.”
“So, when I had started my page, the only person that had a million fans was Barack Obama. Because it was first-quarter 2009, and he’d just got elected as President, because of social media,” says the actor. “So, when I started talking to the fans, I became the No. 1 page in the world. Over Coca-Cola, over huge companies. And it was only because I said: ‘Hi, guys, I love you.’
Diesel reveals the Facebook team has even asked him “to come up to their office to explain what the f**k I was doing, and why I had so many fans. Facebook really owes me billions of dollars,” he jokes. “But whatever.”