Connect with us

Uncategorized

The Rock Didn’t Really Save Fast & Furious (But Made It Much Better)

Fast and Furious’ transformation into a blockbuster franchise is often attributed to Dwayne Johnson’s star power, and while The Rock didn’t necessarily save Fast and Furious as many believe, he did make the saga much better. From Fast Five to The Fate of the Furious, The Rock’s Hobbs was front and center in the Fast and Furious saga, although his screen time and significance to the plot alternated with each movie. The Rock did not return for F9 and is not expected to appear either in Fast X or Fast & Furious 11, which now helps put in perspective how much importance Dwayne Johnson really had to the Fast and Furious franchise.

While it may seem like Fast and Furious decided to add Dwayne Johnson into the mix as a way to elevate the franchise with a big action star, that is not necessarily the reason why Dwayne Johnson was cast as Hobbs in Fast Five – at least not according to Vin Diesel. During a Facebook live in 2017, Vin Diesel revealed that the Hobbs part had been originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, and the idea was to have an experienced, perhaps retired agent hunting down Dominic Toretto and his crew. However, after a fan commented how much it would be cool for Vin Diesel to work with The Rock, the Dominic Toretto actor/Fast and Furious producer decided to give the Hobbs part to Dwayne Johnson.

Related: 1 Death Fast & Furious Can Never Retcon (Because It Ruins Dom’s Story)

The decision to have The Rock play Hobbs in Fast Five instead of Tommy Lee Jones was quickly proved to be the right one. Tommy Lee Jones as a Fast and Furious villain would have been interesting to see, granted, but what The Rock brought to Fast Five is one of the reasons why the movie worked so well. From then on, it was safe to assume that The Rock would return for the following Fast and Furious movies, but Hobbs’ importance to the saga also ended up coinciding with Dwayne Johnson’s rise as a global movie star – which obviously had an impact in the Fast and Furious franchise. From Fast Five to The Fate of the Furious, all of which starred The Rock, Fast and Furious only saw its box office results increase. Therefore, a logical conclusion is that The Rock is the reason why Fast and Furious became so much more successful in the last decade, a perception that Dwayne Johnson never tried to deny. However, when taking into consideration how Fast Five’s heist-adventure was already designed to expand the franchise, plus how F9 and Hobbs & Shaw compare in terms of box office, the idea that The Rock single-handedly saved the Fast and Furious franchise does not hold up.

The Rock In Fast Five Changed Fast & Furious For The Better
Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs looking serious in Fast Five

While the claim that The Rock saved Fast and Furious can be discussed, it cannot be denied that Dwayne Johnson did change the Fast Saga for the better after Fast Five. Although a nostalgic feeling over the original Fast and Furious movies, especially over Tokyo Drift, can be used as a criticism of what the franchise has become, the more action-driven approach is what made the series into a box office giant. The Rock was obviously not the only one responsible for that change, but he represented on screen how the Fast and Furious movies were now aiming at something much bigger. Instead of generic crime bosses like Verone or Braga, Fast Five saw a much more visceral villain, Hobbs, who could go toe-to-toe with Dominic Toretto in a fight. At a time when action blockbuster was starting to become synonymous with superhero movies, the Fast and Furious franchise offered an important bit of fresh air in the genre. Therefore, having an action movie star like The Rock joining forces with other names like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez was an important message to the industry about how the Fast and Furious movies would compete with other established IPs for the audience’s interest.

Fast & Furious Helped The Rock Become An Action Star
Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs in Fast Five and Furious 7

The Rock helped Fast and Furious become a blockbuster action franchise, but the Fast and Furious movies also helped Dwayne Johson establish himself as one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Before Fast Five, which grossed $626 million at the box office, The Rock’s highest-grossing movie had been The Mummy Returns, which went on to make $435 million. After Fast Five, Dwayne Johnson’s box office results took a major leap, and as of 2022, The Rock’s movies have made more than five billion dollars combined. Despite Dwayne Johnson now being able to kickstart franchises like the Jumanji reboot with his star power alone, The Rock’s highest-grossing movies are still his last two Fast and Furious installments, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. In fact, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious are the only billion-dollar movies in Dwayne Johnson’s career, although Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came pretty close with a strong $961 million total.

Did The Rock Try To Steal The Fast & Furious Franchise?
Shaw and Hobbs in the rain in Hobbs & Shaw

Another common discourse around the Fast and Furious movies is whether The Rock tried to steal the franchise from Vin Diesel. That debate originated when The Rock’s Hobbs changed from a villain into a hero who was now front and center in the Fast and Furious films, but it ramped up once Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel’s feud started. During an interview in 2015 (via Collider), The Rock claimed that the Fast and Furious saga “can’t go on without Hobbs”, sparking a controversy that lasted years. Rumors and reports about a feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel started to pop up, and suddenly it was public knowledge that the two pillars of the Fast and Furious franchise were not getting along. The Fate of the Furious premiered amidst the high of Vin Diesel’s feud with The Rock, and thus Johnson’s role in the future of the franchise was no longer certain. That’s when Hobbs & Shaw, a spinoff centered around The Rock’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, was announced.

Related: Fast Five Threw Out The Franchise’s Original Plan For Roman

The announcement of a Fast and Furious spinoff produced by Dwayne Johnson only fueled the discourse that the star was trying to steal the spotlight, which culminated in Roman Pearce actor Tyrese promising he would not star in F9 if The Rock was in it. In hindsight, Hobbs & Shaw seems to have been The Rock’s way out of the main franchise after his feud with Vin Diesel, but in a saga so focused on the theme of family and team effort, a spinoff did come out as an odd decision. Still, with how successful the Fast and Furious franchise had become, it was only a matter of time before a spinoff like Hobbs & Shaw happened – The Rock involved or not.

F9 Proved Fast & Furious Doesn’t Need The Rock (But It’s Better With Him)
Brian, Mia, Toretto and Hobbs in Fast and Furious

After all the controversy regarding Hobbs’ role in the Fast franchise, F9 premiered as the first Fast and Furious movie without Dwayne Johnson since Fast & Furious (2009). F9 claimed $726.2 at the box office, but it is important to notice that the movie was released already during the pandemic and never had the chance of a regular theatrical run. In that context, F9’s box office was impressive, and it proved that Fast and Furious does not need The Rock to be a blockbuster giant. As a comparison, Hobbs & Shaw made $760 million in 2018, which is a testimony to F9’s strong results amidst a pandemic. All of that considered, The Rock’s Hobbs elevated every Fast and Furious movie he was in, and the franchise is better with Dwayne Johnson. Unfortunately, it seems that Hobbs will not be part of the Fast and Furious finale.

Key Release Dates Fast X Poster

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Uncategorized

Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Feud Addressed By John Cena

Summary

John Cena acknowledges that he’s heard rumors about the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud in the
Fast & Furious
franchise.
Cena calls them both ”
alpha
” actors, suggesting that there’s only room on set for one of those personality types.
Johnson’s return to the franchise in
Fast X
suggests his feud with Diesel is over, but the two actors have yet to actually share the screen together again.

Fast & Furious franchise star John Cena shares his thoughts on the infamous Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud. After the release of the first movie in 2001, the popular action franchise just recently released its tenth installment with the poorly-reviewed Fast X. While the Fast & Furious franchise has been massively commercially successful, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing behind the scenes, with Dominic Toretto actor Diesel and Luke Hobbs actor Johnson reportedly butting heads during production on several installments, with the feud going viral in 2016.

During a recent interview with Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cena, who recently returned as Jakob as part of the Fast X cast, weighs in on his experience with the Diesel and Johnson feud. While much of the feud seemingly took place before Cena joined the franchise in F9: The Fast Saga, the actor seemingly doesn’t have a hard time believing that there was friction between the two costars. Check out his comments below:

“There’s certainly rumors about that. I can’t deny that. You have two very alpha, driven people. You get two, there can only be one.
“Man, you gotta remember I got dropped into a locker room where [we have] generational vets. ‘What’d your dad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ ‘What’d your granddad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ I’ve been in that environment; know the room and just kind of adapt to what’s going on.
“I’m being invited into someone’s home, into someone’s family. And regardless of how they look physically in comparison to another human being, this is one IP that has had nine installments and it’s an action movie — that’s rarefied air. At the very least, there has to be respect for that.
“I’m not trying to get the sandbox. That’s not my thing. I’m grateful for what you’ve given me, I just want to be be the best firetruck I can.”

dwayne-johnson-vin-diesel-feud-hurt-fast-furious

Related 4 Ways The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud Hurt Fast & Furious The ongoing feud between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel has hurt the Fast and Furious franchise in a number of different ways.

Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson’s Feud Seems To Be Over Now
But Will They Actually Appear Together Again On Screen?
Vin Diesel as Dom and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs looking over each other's shoulders in Fast and Furious 6

A now-deleted social media post from Johnson in 2016 is what really kicked things off regarding his apparent feud with Diesel. In the post, Johnson referred to un-named Fast & Furious costars as “chicken sh*t” and “candy asses,” criticizing the work ethic of some on set. The feud has had its ups and downs since then, with Tyrese Gibson even getting involved at one point. Some years later, Diesel seemingly attempted to bury the hatchet by putting out a public plea for Johnson to return as Hobbs, but Johnson very pointedly shut the idea down.

Despite this, however, Johnson did return for a cameo during the Fast X post-credits scene last year. Not long afterward, it was confirmed that Johnson would star in his own Hobbs-focused film before the planned release of Fast & Furious 11, which will seemingly serve as the franchise finale. While it doesn’t sound like Diesel will be appearing in Johnson’s spinoff, Hobbs is now poised to play a role in the eleventh film.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Prime Video.

Johnson does appear in the latest film, but he notably doesn’t share the screen with Diesel or any other cast members. If he does play a more prominent role in Fast & Furious 11, this will evidently require more collaboration, potentially opening the door for their larger-than-life personalities to clash once more. It remains to be seen whether Diesel and Johnson will share the screen together in the final Fast & Furious movie, but Cena’s latest comments suggest tension between the two “alpha” stars will be hard to avoid.

Source: Armchair Expert

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison

Summary

Vin Diesel already compared
Fast and Furious 11
to
Avengers: Endgame
.
It seems likely, therefore, that Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.
If Fast and Furious 11 kills off Dom, it will perfectly flip Fast X’s ending, echoing Avengers: Endgame’s impactful sacrifice.

Vin Diesel has already hinted that Dom will die in Fast and Furious 11 by comparing it to a $2.7 billion movie from another major franchise. The car-centered Fast and Furious movies began in 2001, and the franchise has experienced tremendous growth since then, releasing ten movies in the main series and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. The eleventh, and supposedly final, installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is slated to release on April 4, 2025, and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

While Fast X included a number of big character deaths, the fates of several others remain unknown. Antagonist Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is motivated by a desire to inflict suffering upon Dom (Vin Diesel) and ultimately resorts to eliminating those closest to him. In the Fast X cliffhanger ending, Dom appeared doomed as he drove into Dante’s explosive trap. The fact that Fast and Furious 11 is happening suggests Dom will survive, but there is good reason to believe Vin Diesel’s protagonist will meet his end in the upcoming movie.

Best Fast and Furious Car Stunts

Related 10 Best Fast & Furious Car Stunts, Ranked The Fast and Furious franchise has taken its stunts to outrageous new heights with every movie, but it remains committed to great practical effects.

Vin Diesel Confirmed 3 Years Ago That Avengers: Endgame Inspired Fast & Furious 11
This Decision Was Influenced By His Involvement In The MCU

The Fast & Furious franchise ending with a two-part finale was inspired by Avengers: Endgame. Although Diesel doesn’t physically appear in Marvel Studios’ films, he has been lending his voice to the beloved Groot and its various iterations since the release of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He subsequently featured in two sequels released in 2017 and 2023, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which marked the culmination of the MCU’s Infinity Saga.

Fast X
is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Vin Diesel revealed that the original intention was to conclude the Fast and Furious series with its tenth film, but that perspective shifted after witnessing the impact of Avengers: Endgame. The decision to split one larger concluding chapter into two movies makes sense when there is a vast amount of story left to explore. Encouraged by the immense commercial and critical success of Avengers: Endgame, Diesel and his team envisioned replicating the MCU’s formula with the Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 11’s Endgame Influence Means Dominic Toretto Will Die
Dom Will Take The Iron Man Role, Sacrificing Himself To Save His Family
Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

Fast and Furious 11 being influenced by Avengers: Endgame suggests that Dominic Toretto is likely to die. Arguably the most memorable aspect of the Avengers: Endgame ending was the tragic death of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. As Thanos engaged in battle with numerous heroes in a bid to seize all six Infinity Stones, Iron Man recognized the one chance to emerge victorious involved his own sacrifice.

If its Avengers: Endgame inspiration is any indication, Fast and Furious 11 will likely see Dom sacrifice himself to save his family, mirroring the iconic ending of Avengers: Endgame. While the MCU has no single main character, the franchise began with Iron Man in 2008, making RDJ’s Tony Stark the franchise’s first official hero. Similarly, Fast and Furious contains many different characters after over 20 years of releases, but everything began with Vin Diesel’s Dom. If Fast and Furious 11 is drawing inspiration from Avengers: Endgame in terms of how to conclude a movie franchise, Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.

A composite image of The Rock as Hobbs with Jason Mom as Luke Reyes riding a motorcycle from The Fast and Furious Related The Fast & Furious Hobbs Spinoff: Confirmation, Story & Everything We Know Fast X brought back Luke Hobbs and pit him against the new villain Dante Reyes, setting up a Hobbs spinoff movie with Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson.

Fast & Furious 11 Killing Dom Will Perfectly Flip Fast X’s Ending
Dom Is One Of The Survivors In Fast X.

If Fast and Furious 11 kills Dom, it will perfectly flip the Fast X ending, which saw Dom and his son in precarious circumstances. Dom and Little Brian found themselves in a dam in Portugal that was poised to explode. It appeared that Dante had gained the upper hand over Dom, at least for the time being. While Dom surely survives Fast X’s cliffhanger, Jakob (John Cena) had previously sacrificed his life to protect Little Brian from Dante.

Fast and Furious 11 can flip this ending, with Dom making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family from Dante. Such an ending would make sense for the character, who has always been selfless and shown immense care towards the people he loves. Vin Diesel has said family so many times in every Fast and Furious movie that it would complete his arc if he demonstrated his love for them with the biggest sacrifice possible. Comparisons to Avengers: Endgame only make that outcome more likely.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie Explains Why The Saga Hasn’t Been About Cars For 15 Years

Summary

The Fast & Furious series has shifted focus from car racing to action, with Tokyo Drift being the lowest-grossing installment.
Tokyo Drift’s failure prompted the franchise to move away from street racing and towards more traditional action film elements.
Fast & Furious successfully shifted the franchise’s direction away from racing, towards bigger budgets and grander scales.

The Fast & Furious saga has not exactly been about cars for quite some time, and the franchise’s lowest-grossing installment seems to explain why. Every time the Fast & Furious franchise pops up, it is hard not to think about car racing, exotic supercars, and Vin Diesel’s signature quotes about family. While Vin Diesel’s quotes and overall hard-as-nails leader persona have not changed much as the movie franchise has progressed, Fast & Furious has seemingly shifted its focus from thrilling races to sensational action set pieces in recent years.

Given the franchise’s worldwide popularity, many factors may have contributed to these changes. Owing to this, one may not be able to pinpoint the precise reason why the Fast & Furious franchise changed its narrative direction. However, the lowest-grossing film in the Fast & Furious series might provide some answers to why the films are now less about racing and more about heists and across-the-globe action.

the fast and the furious cast crew

Related Every Fast And Furious Movie In Chronological Order Fast and the Furious launched a massive franchise – but the films were not released in chronological order! Here’s how to watch.

Tokyo Drift Is Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift grossed $158.9 million worldwide

Since it has been around for over two decades, it is not surprising that the Fast & Furious franchise has had a fair share of ups and downs, highs and lows at the box office. Although the franchise is still fairly profitable, its recent installments have offered diminishing returns. However, despite the franchise’s dwindling box office numbers, none of its installments have had a box office as low as The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The first movie in the franchise, The Fast & the Furious, was a success after it raked in $207.5 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $38 million.

Even the second film in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, proved profitable after it grossed $236.3 million globally on a budget of $76 million. The third installment was expected to continue this trend, with its relatively higher budget of $85 million. However, despite having a bigger budget than its predecessors, Tokyo Drift could not continue the franchise’s trend of getting higher returns with each new installment. Eight new Fast & Furious movies have come out since Tokyo Drift’s release, and none of them even come close to matching its low box office scores.

Fast & Furious Movie Budget Worldwide Box Office The Fast & the Furious $38 million $207,517,509 2 Fast 2 Furious $76 million $236,350,661 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $85 million $158,964,610 Fast & Furious $85 million $360,366,870 Fast Five $125 million $626,137,675 Fast & Furious 6 $160 million $788,680,968 Furious 7 $190 million $1,515,341,399 The Fate of the Furious $250 million $1,236,005,118 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $200 million $760,732,926 F9 $200 million $726,229,501 Fast X $340 million $714,555,549 Total $1.749 billion $7,476,903,108

Tokyo Drift Is The Street Racing-Focused Movie Many Want Fast & Furious To Be
Tokyo Drift is the most “Fast & Furious” movie in the franchise
Sean behind the wheel in Tokyo Drift

Even to this day, theFast & Furiousfranchise is associated with fancy cars and white-knuckling street races. However, one look at the recent movies in the franchise will reveal that its focus has drifted away from what it used to be about. While it still features high-octane car chases and expensive cars, the “racing” element seems missing. Given how street car races in the early installments of the film franchise played a crucial role in drawing audiences to it,Tokyo Driftarguably is amongFast & Furious’ better installments because it offers everything from drift competitions to intense underground racing scenes.

Christopher Nolan once said (via

Collider

) that he has a “soft spot” for Tokyo Drift.

Storytelling has never been the Fast & Furious franchise’s strongest suit. However, in some ways, Tokyo Drift also has a more relatable storyline than other films because its narrative primarily revolves around an underdog street racer who beats the bad guy in the film’s climax. The recent Fast & Furious movies are far superior when it comes to having an ensemble cast and high production value. However, they often prioritize spectacle over substance, sacrificing the simpler elements that made the first few films successful.

Vin-Diesel-as-Dominic-Toretto-from-The-Fast-and-Furious-Franchise Related Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Ending Promise Means The Franchise Must Avoid 1 Major Temptation Fast 11 will be the last installment in the main Fast & Furious franchise, and in order to end it properly, one huge temptation must be avoided.

Tokyo Drift’s Box Office Performance Prompted Fast & Furious To Change
Tokyo Drift’s failures triggered the franchise to move away from street racing

After Tokyo Drift’s inability to top or even match its predecessors’ success, the fourth installment in the film franchise, Fast & Furious, marked the return of the original cast. Since Tokyo Drift’s underwhelming box office numbers established that the film franchise worked better when it did not primarily focus on underground car racing, 2009’s Fast & Furious focused less on those elements and presented itself as a regular action film. Although Fast & Furious did not entirely shed the franchise’s roots in car culture, it paved the way for a new narrative direction for the movie series.

Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum.

Fast & Furious’s formula even worked wonders for the franchise, given how it earned almost twice as much as Tokyo Drift at the global box office despite having the same budget. With this, Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum. As a result, Fast & Furious became the blueprint for the franchise, resulting in Fast Five and the subsequent films repeating its formula with bigger budgets and even grander scale.

fast furious movies ranked worst best Related Every Fast & Furious Movie Ranked From Worst to Best From B-movie roots to Fast X, here is every Fast and the Furious movie ranked from worst to best, through ridiculous stunts and family themes.

Fast & Furious Was Never The Same After Fast Five
Fast Five marked the inception of a new era for the franchise

After adopting everything that made 2009’s Fast & Furious successful and becoming the first film in the franchise to cross the $500 million box office mark, Fast Five proved that the franchise had to rinse and repeat the 2009 film’s winning recipe. Owing to this, with each installment, the Fast & Furious franchise only drifted further away from its core identity, which revolved around racing and car culture. Although recent movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have not been performing as well as expected, it seems like it is too late for the 11th movie to take a U-turn and experiment with a return to its roots.

Untitled design (4)-5 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell, a car-loving teenager shipped off to live with his Navy lieutenant father in Tokyo when his racing antics find him running foul of the law. When Sean discovers Tokyo’s nightlife, he embraces the dangerous underground world of drift racing.Release Date June 4, 2006 Studio(s) Universal Pictures , Relativity Media Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Chris Morgan Cast Lucas Black , Bow Wow , Sung Kang , Brian Tee , Nathalie Kelley , Sonny Chiba , Leonardo Nam , Brian Goodman Runtime 104 Minutes Budget $85 Million

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Fffighters