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Vin Diesel says Facebook, upon which he has 41 million Likes, owes him “billions of dollars” for helping spark the social network’s popularity.

It’s hard to tell if he’s half serious.

“What Facebook didn’t realize is something very big was about to happen,” he tells EW.

Vin Diesel Pays Tribute
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“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.”


“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.”

“So, when I started talking to fans, I became the #1 page in the world. Over Coca-Cola, huge companies. And it was only because I said: ‘Hi, guys, I love you.’”

The 45-year-old actor continues, “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, hear from him without the Hollywood of it all. That was the Fast & Furious 6 experience.”

“I think Hollywood, and the choices Hollywood has made, would’ve been radically different if Clark Gable had 40 million people on his Facebook page.”

Diesel says the Facebook team actually approached 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.”

It’s okay Vin. Their stock is publicly traded now. Buy in man.