Despite being in the world's #1 movie this week with Furious 7, it’s not a great day for Vin Diesel. The action star got knocked down a few pegs last night after being exposed as a b-boy fraud by Adam Horowitz, aka Ad-Rock, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
You see, in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, Diesel, 47, claimed that he had danced for the Beastie Boys back in his teen years. "I danced for the Beastie Boys, yeah," the actor said. “They lived in my neighborhood and I was break dancing on the street and I wanted to get into a club called Danceteria and I was 16-years-old. And they said, ‘come you’re going to be our dancer.'"
That’s a great story, Vin! It’s too bad Horowitz remembers it differently. "I did see on the Internets [that] Vin Diesel -- one of my favorite actors -- claimed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week that he was a break dancer for Beastie Boys… and he was not," said the musician-actor.
Danceteria was a NYC club that was an integral part of the new wave and hip-hop movement in the ‘80s. Madonna, Run-D.M.C., and The Smiths are just a few of the seminal acts that performed at the hallowed venue.
Horowitz told Meyers that "perhaps we were going into Danceteria -- it's a club we used to go to all the time when we were kids -- and that one of us -- probably [Adam] Yauch cause he's a nice guy -- saw this kid and was like, ‘we’ll just say you're a break dancer and you’re with our band.'"
It looks like Horowitz is trying to give our man Diesel a pass.