Vin Diesel's Rihanna karaoke cover goes viral

Vin Diesel. Photo / AP
Vin Diesel. Photo / AP

Vin Diesel has been flooded with offers to star in musicals since his version of a Rihanna song went viral.

The Riddick actor is best known for playing tough guys, but movie executives are now eager to cast him in singing roles after he posted a video of him singing a karaoke cover of the hit ballad Stay in a bar online.

He explained: "Oh, my God! You know what that was? That was an alternative to sending a Valentine's Day card. When my girlfriend saw it, she said, 'You have to give that to your fans!'

"I'd made other videos of me signing on my page before. It was no big deal. When I was singing Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire no one gave a s**t. Then a studio called me and said they wanted me to do a musical!"

The 46-year-old star - who appears in the macho Fast & Furious franchise - has long lobbied to star in a movie adaptation of Broadway musical Guys and Dolls and hopes producers will cast him now they've heard his singing skills.

He added to Nuts magazine: "You know how long I've been talking about Guys and Dolls? It's got to happen. Isn't it funny? I do a silly little video and all of a sudden people are like, 'Vin, would you ever consider a musical?' I've been asking to do this for the last 10 years, man!"

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