You can thank Mark Zuckerberg for Vin Diesel's xXx return

The pair are apparently fast friends...

You can thank Mark Zuckerberg for Vin Diesel's xXx return

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the TechCrunch Conference in San Francisco in 2012 | Image: TechCrunch Flickr

If the hypothetical sequel to The Social Network needs a bonafide action hero to bolster the box office takings, Vin Diesel is keenly placed to play the role of... himself.

It turns out that the 49-year-old star of the xXx and Fast and the Furious franchises has struck up a somewhat unlikely friendship with Mark Zuckerberg, one strong enough to influence the parts Diesel decides to play.

In a new New York Times chat, the actor revealed that the Facebook founder is such a big fan of his onscreen work that he knows the lines better than Diesel himself.

Oh, and you also have Zuck to thank for the recent release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

Diesel said of the tech billionaire:

"I love him. He's such a great guy and he's a fan of my work.

"He probably encouraged me more than anyone else to return to Xander Cage. We were hanging out up at Facebook about two years ago, and I was excited about Fast 7.

"He said, 'You know what movie I'd most like to see is the return of Xander Cage'. It's at a point where if Mark and I are together and if I quote a line from a character I played and I do it slightly wrong, he'll correct me. It's embarrassing!"

In a Facebook Live interview with Diesel last December, Zuckerberg said:

"When we first met, one of the things that struck me about you is how authentically a geek you were. And I say that as a geek myself with love in my heart."