Vin Diesel’s action star muscles have brushed up against the music world a few times before, with a rap demo he recorded in 1986 and the singing of a few lines at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. But it took a global pandemic and the delays in filming it caused for Diesel to finally chase his musical dreams.
Diesel premiered his first single, “Feel Like I Do,” on The Kelly Clarkson Show in a scene that would be very difficult to explain to a time-traveler from 2002, the year Clarkson won American Idol and the year after The Fast and the Furious was released. It played as video of Clarkson’s audience — appearing remotely on vertically-positioned televisions — bopped along self-consciously. It was unsettling to say the least.
As for the song itself, it’s fine, probably better than you’d imagine an action star house single would be. And if you don’t mind a relatively mellow, bass-driven progressive house music with a boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-fall-in-love-at-the-club storyline, you won’t mind it. It’s more openly emotional than Dom Toretto is, but it seems appropriate for Diesel, a dude with feelings.
Of his move into music, Diesel told Clarkson “I am blessed that on a year that I would normally be on a movie set and as you know that’s not possible. I’ve had another creative outlet, another way to show you or share with you my heart.” And on Instagram he wrote “Find your creativity, step out of your comfort zone. One never knows what treasures you may find… within” after he first heard the song.
Diesel chose this song as his first single because his dad liked it so much. “I remember my father listening to this song on the beach earlier this year. He really loved it and he said it should be the first song,” he told USA Today.
So what’s next for Diesel? Filming on the final Fast & Furious film will hopefully begin soon, but hopefully he can combine his nascent musical career and the massive franchise he’s arguably the face of.
“Fast: The Musical? Yes, please. Sign me up,” he joked. But would that be any less ridiculous than the franchise’s impending space storyline?