It goes without saying that Vin Diesel has become the face of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, with its slogans, dangerous directions and most of all for his love for this family raised over the years.
There is no doubt that racing films might not be as successful without the star.
But it almost happened …
Before Diesel joined the cast, the role of Dominic Toretto was offered to Timothy Olyphant (“The Mandalorian”), but the star told Watch What Happens Live he turned it down because he believed the role idea was “too stupid”.
“At the time, I was thinking, ‘Who’s going to want to watch a split movie eight or nine times. I think people are going to be pissed off in the third movie.
Obviously, Olyphant’s prediction couldn’t be more wrong, as the 9th film has already grossed $ 595.5 million worldwide.
Another actor who looked down on the franchise was Dave Bautista (‘Army of the Dead – Las Vegas Invasion’).
The Drax performer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ revealed on Twitter that he was invited to take part in one of the franchise’s recent chapters, but said he prefers to make good movies.
The disdain came when a social network user suggested he could record a spinoff with John Cena and Dwayne Johnson, but Bautista said he didn’t see the fun in those movies.
The late Paul Walker was also one of the movies’ most beloved protagonists, and Brian O’Conner remains a favorite character for many fans.
However, the role was almost Eminem, who had been invited by Universal Pictures, but the rapper was focused on recording his own movie, ‘8 Mile’.
Years later, the singer had the opportunity to participate in the soundtrack of ‘Fast and Furious 7’, being chosen as the performer of the song ‘See You Again’.
Unfortunately, he was also working on the score for “Knockout” and didn’t want two of his songs to compete. So ‘See You Again’ ended up being recorded by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.
Speaking of rappers, who remembers Ja Rule’s cameo in the first movie?
The musician was even invited to the sequel as Tej Parker, but showed no interest in an acting career, so the role was played by another rapper: Ludacris, who continues to act alongside the main distribution.
Among the female cast, Jordana Brewster was marked by her role of Mia Toretto, sister of Dom. But what many don’t know is that Eliza Dushku was the studio’s 1st choice.
Due to her success in the series “Buffy – The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, the star was invited to the cast, but also declined the proposal due to lack of interest in the production.
Although not well known to Western audiences, Indian movie star Deepika Padukone has been asked to play Ramsey in “The Fast & The Furious 7”.
The role of Nathalie Emmanuel (“Game of Thrones”) will mark Padukone’s debut in Hollywood productions, but she chose to shoot a film in her home country.
Years later, she starred with Vin Diesel in ‘xXx: Reactivated’.
Other established actors also declined the invitations, such as Denzel Washington.
According to Deadline, Washington was invited to make an appearance at the end of “The Fast & The Furious 6,” likely playing Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham.
It turns out that Denzel was not interested in the offer, which turned out to be lucky for him, who preferred to record “Um Limite Entre Nós”, which earned him an Oscar nomination for 2017. .
“Doctor Who” star David Tennant was also considered for the 6th film in the franchise and even spoke with director Justin Lin to play villainous Owen Shaw.
Unfortunately, negotiations did not advance and the role went to Luke Evans.
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Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has always lived at full speed. After the loss of his best friend and the discovery of his son, he slows down with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). But it’s not easy to live in the present when the past is accelerating towards you. And that’s what happens when Dom reunites with his brother Jacob Toretto (John Cena), who is pushed by Cypher (Charlize Theron) and Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren) to carry out a revenge plot. It’s time for Dom to reunite Sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and the family of loyal friends such as Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Han (Sung Kang).
Directed by Justin Lin, the film also features Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, Vinnie Bennett, and Michael Rooker.
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