That Vin Diesel Breakdancing Video Isn't The Only Proof He Was All About Street Cred In The '80s— VIDEO
One of the drawbacks of being a celebrity is that the hilariously dated stuff you did as a young adult can and will come back to haunt you. For instance, the following video of Vin Diesel breakdancing currently making the Internet rounds combines everything humiliating/endearing about being a teen and trying stuff out, including but not limited to: bad hair, bad clothes, the reverse worm. Gawww... he thought he was so street!
Your current knowledge of Diesel's dance talents is likely related to his goofy "Dark Horse" dance, but it turns out that he used to cut a few rugs back in his day. In this delightfully '80s video, a tracksuit and sweatband-clad Diesel pops, locks, and steps along to the beat of a Run DMC track. Instead of rocking his signature bare head, baby Diesel has curly hair reminiscent of a Degrassi-era Drake. Although any hair is jarring on a head I'm used to seeing totally naked, I'm sure it was super fly at the time.
Believe it or not, Diesel used to be a street performer way back when. Last year, he told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live With Kelly and Michael that he used to break dance in New York's Columbus Circle and Washington Square Park. These days, you know that Diesel would totally be one of the kids on the subway doing the "showtime" routines that simultaneously amaze and annoy you. Ah, youths.
It's also likely that the actor, who was born Mark Sinclair, was going my the name Mark Vincent at the time. Tee-hee-hee!! According to IFC, this was his trade name in the days when he worked as a club doorman. To add to his street cred, he used to dabble a bit as a rapper. Please click here to listen a track in which Diesel alerts all of the party people that it's "time to get stupid" o' clock. You won't regret it.
The moral of the story here is not to be fooled by the rocks that he's got, he's still, he's still Vinny from the block.
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