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Vin Diesel Jokes Facebook Owes Him Billions For Promoting Site

Vin Diesel wants some credit for popularizing social networking website Facebook.

"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," Diesel tells EW. "In the realest ways."

"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."

"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.'"

"Facebook used to ask me to come up to their office to explain what the f-ck I was doing, and why I had so many fans."

"What was unique was: 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," he laughs. "But whatever."

The 45-year-old actor's page boasts more than 41 million fans. Most recently, a video in which he covered Rihanna (photosRihanna photos)'s 'Stay' for Valentine's Day, went viral.

"Naturally, I became self-conscious, and thought maybe I shouldn't have exposed myself like that," he says. "Then I had dinner with my dad, and surprisingly, he said he loved it and thought it was deep on a few levels."

Vin Diesel's highly anticipated 'Fast & Furious 6' hits theaters on May 24.

May 14, 2013 |

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