When you hear the name Vin Diesel, you think: tough guy, head-breaker and other macho epithets in keeping with his action-movie star status.
But Vin Diesel: dance machine?
On Tuesday, the Fast & Furious star unexpectedly went onto his Facebook page to share a seven-minute video in which the buff actor executes a wide range of dance moves to the rhythm of Katy Perry’s hit Dark Horse and Beyoncé’s Drunk in Love.
And what has people talking is that Diesel is a pretty darn good dancer.
In the self-filmed black-and-white video – titled “You know I love music” – the actor sports a white tank top and baggy camouflage shorts and apparently just has to share some wonderful news with his fans:
“Guys, I’m just excited, I’m happy,” he tells the camera. “And I’m calling you guys, or shouting out to you guys, to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is No. 1 on the DVD charts…”
And so begins the dancing.
Diesel keeps it slow and soulful to the Perry song, and at times seems completely oblivious to the fact that he’s filming his moves for posterity.
Shifting to Drunk in Love, which Beyoncé memorably performed with hubby Jay Z at last weekend’s Grammy Awards, Diesel performs his own version of the surfboard dance move and gets in the requisite crotch grab.
At roughly the six-minute mark, Diesel turns his dance routine into a messy shamble of legs and hip-shaking, à la Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.
As Mashable reports, within seven hours of its posting, the dance video generated more than 500,000 Facebook likes, and sits at 776,000-plus likes as of Wednesday morning (he has 63-million followers, by the way).
And for those viewers most surprised by the dance video, keep in mind that long before he became a movie star, Vin Diesel was a dancer.
More specifically, he was a scrawny, tracksuit-wearing New York teen named Mark Vincent, who served as the primary dancer in a 1984 instructional breakdance video titled Breakin’ in the USA, alongside such breakdance luminaries as Mr. Fantastik and David (Fresh Jome) Robinson.
Keep on dancing, big fella.