When most movie stars break through the stratosphere one of the first things you hear is, “but what I really want to do is direct.” Not Vin Diesel. Nope. The Fast & Furious star is one of the biggest box office draws on the planet and instead of getting behind a RED camera, what he really wants to do is… make beats.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the karaoke master interrupted the interview to call his pal DJ Steve Aoki to reveal that the pair had recorded a “monster” dance track recently in Las Vegas that features Diesel’s vocals. And it’s killer. You know how the Diesel knows? According to the paper, “when the Fast & Furious megastar played the track for his girlfriend — and mother of his three children — Paloma Jimenez the next day, it brought Diesel to tears.”
Aoki and Diesel, 49, declined to play the track for the reporter, or even reveal its name. But Aoki, FaceTiming in from Mexico, had high praise for the mystery song. “What Vin brought to the table, I’ve never experienced before,” he reportedly raved. “I think it’s going to blow people’s minds.” That positive feedback made Diesel’s eyes go wide with joy, at which point he tripled down.
“You just got gold. You. Just. Got. GOLD!” he told the reporter. Diesel — who performed with Nicky Jam at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last week and added vocals to Kygo and Selena Gomez‘s “It Ain’t Me” earlier this year — is later described as smiling at an assistant who is constantly filming his every move and promising, “I’m gonna get a Grammy before I get an Oscar!”
Click here to read the full Times interview.