Vin Diesel's hard work on all of those viral cover videos on Facebook has finally paid off. After sharing a "Vinbook" video of himself singing and dancing to Kygo's Conrad Sewell-assisted "Firestone" in 2014, the Norwegian EDM maestro reached out to the actor at a Grammy's party earlier this year so he could lend his muscular vocals on a low-key project.
"He invited me to the recording studio the next day, and I like didn't know what it was for but love is music!" Diesel told On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday. "I had never been to a recording studio, so I was like, 'Ok, let me go see this.'"
Diesel said he didn't know who else was on the track until the following day when Kygo revealed that the lead vocalist on the track entitled, "It Ain't Me," is Selena Gomez. "When the original version came out, Charlie Puth called me and said, 'I hear your voice faintly in the background!'" Diesel said. "And then two days later, you heard my version with Selena and I doing a duet. It was surreal."
Diesel is now putting all his focus on his latest cinematic release Fate of the Furious. The eighth installment of the massive Universal Pictures franchise was shot in Havana, Cuba, making it the first major Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since restrictions were eased in 2016. For F8, a woman seduces Diesel's character Dom into the world of terrorism, forcing him to turn his back on his "family."
"It appears that way that I turn on my family," Diesel said, "and that's how it's supposed to appear. It's designed to challenge fate in Dom, it's designed to challenge fate in that family concept. It's a compelling story because of that. We've been talking about family for certain films, and now we really want to walk the walk, so to speak."
Diesel has been making Fast & Furious films since the early 2000s -- and his ride is not yet over. Universal is already confirmed to release two more FF films on April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, bringing the total to 10 installments over the past 20 years.
Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, and Scott Eastwood. The film is out this Friday (April 14).
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