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Tej Parker’s 10 Best Quotes

Arguably, Tej Parker (Ludacris) has the best character development in the Fast & Furious franchise. Audiences have seen the member of Dominic Toretto’s crew go from refereeing street races to orbiting space. The supporting character has also morphed into an expert mechanic as well as one of the world’s top tech gurus.

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Tej Parker’s set of skills isn’t the only impressive thing about him. He is quite the talker too and whenever he speaks, he makes sure to structure his sentences in a creative manner too. And since Tej is Roman Pearce’s best friend, most of his dialogue in the franchise involves him chatting with the petrolhead.

“Your Voice Just Went From Shaggy To Scooby-Doo.”

Tej makes a Scooby-Doo reference when Roman makes a cowardly comment about Owen Shaw in Fast & Furious

When Dom and his crew are tasked with going after former British SAS Major Owen Shaw in Furious 6, Roman is bemused by how easily Shaw has managed to flee. He expresses his fears, saying they should leave, to which Tej responds by telling him that he sounds as scared as both “Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.”
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are known for their cowardice and Tej comparing Roman’s voice to how the duo sound scared whenever they see ghosts, is fitting. Roman has always been the lord of skepticism and this trait tends to anger his colleagues. Tej calling him out for this while they are on a high-speed chase makes the movie even more hilarious.

“They Really Went And Scraped The Bottom Of The Barrel Here, Didn’t They?”

Tej meets Roman for the first time since 2 Fast 2 Furious

Seeking to steal from Rio crime boss Hernan Reyes in Fast Five, Dom assembles a team consisting of various characters from previous films in the franchise. Tej isn’t too happy to see Roman showing up too, hence he suggests that the driver is one of the worst they could have got.
The scene is one of the reasons why Tej and Roman are the best friendship duo in Fast & Furious. The two know how to poke fun at each other without outrightly sounding disrespectful. So far, Roman has shed the “bottom of the barrel” label and proved Tej wrong as his actions have painted him as not just a capable fighter but a capable field agent too.

“Feels Like We Looking For Waldo In The Harry Potter World.”

Tej, Roman and the rest of Dom's crew hunt down Jakob Toretto in F9

In F9, the team has a hard time tracking Jakob Toretto in Edinburgh and everyone becomes frustrated. Tej comes up with a very intelligent reference that can be traced back to the Where’s Waldo? puzzle books that require children to find a character named Waldo in a crowd.
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By claiming that they’re looking for Waldo in the Harry Potter world, Tej is suggesting that they might be looking for Jakob in the wrong place. He also means that the conspiracy involving Jakob is quite complicated and detailed, just like the Harry Potter world. It’s a brilliant quote and it’s no bombshell that it’s coming from one of the most intelligent Fast & Furious characters.

“Plan B? We Need A Plan C, D, E. We Need More Alphabet!”

Tej warns his crew at the NATO base after he spots Owen Shaw commandeering a tank in Furious 6

While trying to stop Owen Shaw’s attack at a Spanish NATO base in Furious 6, Tej and Roman spot the villain commandeering a tank. They weren’t prepared for it so Roman asks if anyone has a plan B.
Roman is always the reservoir of humor in the franchise but Tej tends to surprise viewers with his own creative jokes on occasion too. While funny, his words show how dire the situation is. If they don’t come up with dozens of better ways to defeat Shaw, he is going to make a meal of them because he is way more prepared.

“What’s The Matter Roman? Forgot The Snow Tires?”

Dom's crew dodges attacks from Cipher's men in Russia in Fate Of The Furious

Tej and the rest of the team head to Russia in Fate Of The Furious to try to stop Cipher from using a nuclear submarine to trigger a nuclear war. As the team dodges attacks from Cipher’s men in the snow, Roman is struggling to control one of the most expensive cars in Fast & Furious since it’s sliding in one line. When Tej sees what’s happening, he makes fun of him once again.
Experienced drivers understand the importance of snow tires so audiences are as surprised as Tej to see Roman maneuvering the ice with normal tires. On the other hand, Roman has always been the kind of person to take on more than he can chew. A part of him must have believed that he was good enough a driver to not need snow tires.

“Otherwise, You’ll Be Eating Breakfast Through Straws From Now On.”

Tej Parker referees a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Tej only has a supporting role with limited screentime in 2 Fast 2 Furious but he still comes off as likable. While officiating a race, he lays down the rules to the drivers. He lets them know the risks too, reminding them that if they should not be too adventurous or they will end up with serious injuries.
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Tej’s words remind viewers of just how dangerous the Fast & Furious world is. In as much as the races and missions seem like fun, anyone could get serious injuries at any given time. In a worst-case scenario, they could end up dead. In recent installments, the threat factor has been thrown out of the window since those previously thought of as dead have come back to life, and those injured (like Hobbs) have discarded their splints within hours.

“It’s Not Dummy Proof.”

Rome plays with Tej's homemade harpoon in Fast & Furious 6

Tej isn’t too happy about Roman grabbing and trying out one of his advanced weapons in Furious 6 before he isn’t done working on it. Roman notes Tej’s concerns but insists he’s good. Tej isn’t buying it and warns Roman that the weapon isn’t dummy-proof hence he’ll definitely mess it up.
Tej is right to be concerned since Roman doesn’t handle weapons as well as he handles steering wheels. As a tech-guru, he has placed plenty of time and effort into enhancing the weapons so it’s not surprising he wouldn’t want to see it damaged in any way.

“When Are You Going To Give Rick James His Jacket Back?”

Tej and Roman reunite as Dom assembles the Rio crew in Fast Five

The leather jacket that Roman is wearing in his first scene in Fast Five might be appealing to viewers and fashion enthusiasts, but Tej isn’t impressed. He concludes that it looks like something the legendary singer Rick James would wear.
Tej is the source of most pop culture references in the franchise and he keeps dishing them out unapologetically. Rick James was known for his absurd outfits, so suggesting that Roman’s jacket belonged to Rick James is clever. The “give Martin Luther King his car back” response to Tej’s words also counts as one of Roman’s funniest Fast & Furious quotes.

“Who Does That? A Toretto.”

Tej and Roman discuss Jakob Toretto's unique abilities in Fast 9

Roman is shocked to learn that Jakob is Dom’s brother in F9. He goes on to list Jakob’s impressive skills, including his driving, his physicality, and his intelligence. He even seems impressed that he jumped out of a plane without a second thought, asking the obvious question “Who does that?”. Tej has the perfect answer in response.
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Both Dom and his sister Mia are known to be badass and that’s why it wasn’t a shocker to fans when it was revealed that they had a brother who was just as adept. It’s a family of gifted individuals but trust Roman to still be awed by skills he’s seen in many other people. Trust Tej to remind him too that it’s no big deal.

“Maybe You’re Just A Dumb***”

Teja nd Ramsey listen to Tej talk about invincibility in F9

After escaping from military operatives in Montequinto without any injuries in F9, Roman wonders whether they have special abilities. It doesn’t seem normal to him that they’ve survived so much over the years. Tej doesn’t buy the “special abilities” theory and goes on to label him “dumb.”
Tej is right about Roman not being the brightest of the crew but his theory about them having special abilities isn’t that far-fetched, especially when other events in the franchise are examined. Hobbs & Shaw villain Brixton Lore has superhuman strength and advanced reflexes so invincibility might just be a possibility. After all, it’s been proven that the franchise doesn’t mind going to ludicrous lengths for entertainment.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

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 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

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 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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