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5 Times Rome And Tej Were BFFs (And 5 Times They Were Frenemies)

They say that no matter where people end up, they always find their tribe of like-minded people, and that’s no more true than when it comes to Tej and Roman. The two of them have been attached at the hip ever since they were introduced by Brian in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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Besides turbo-charged Japanese import vehicles and Corona beers, the Fast and Furious series is all about family. And if Letty and Dom are seen as the heads of the family, then Tej and Roman are very much the brothers. The pair may be constantly down each others’ throats, but when the situation calls for it, they’ll always have each other’s backs.

BFFs: The First Time They Meet

Rome and Brian walk behind the garage in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Rome and Tej are two of the best characters that were introduced after the first Fast & Furious movie, first meeting in Miami, behind Tej’s garage.
There’s clearly some kind of mutual respect between them, or, at the very least, Rome is so jealous of Tej’s lifestyle. They’re high-fiving and fist bumping away while Tej commentates on an illegal jet-ski race. Tej offers to host him while he stays in Miami, and it was clearly the start of a special relationship that would last for seven more movies.

Frenemies: Rome Messes With Tej’s Harpoon

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

When preparing to take on Shaw, Tej creates an extremely powerful full harpoon that is made out of the same materials that “hold up bridges.” There’s also a Nos canister attached to it, naturally.
After being told to keep his hands off, Rome doesn’t take Tej’s logical reasoning in to account. He instead acts selfishly, wanting to play with what he clearly thinks is a toy. In the end, Tej was right to not trust Rome with the customized harpoon, as he almost killed Han and Dom with it. Ironically enough, the harpoon is a similar tool that Tej uses to save Rome in Fate of the Furious, which was one of the times they were BFFs.

BFFs: Tej Helps Rome With The Car Scramble

The car scramble that leads to the boast chase in 2 Fast 2 Furious

The most exciting scene in 2 Fast 2 Furious comes when Rome and Brian confuse the local police and the FBI by switching cars with Suki and Tej inside a giant garage.
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Tej all but spearheaded the whole thing, and just as Suki was willing to get arrested for Brian, Tej was willing to get arrested for Rome. It’s the first time that Tej ever went out of his way and did something outstanding for the loudmouth. And though Rome has never returned the favor, he probably would if he wasn’t so inadequate.

Frenemies: Buying The Same Car

Roman visits Tej at his garage in Fast Five

Throughout the whole series, Rome and Tej had always been trying to one up each other, whether it was competing for the same girl or getting to the finish line first. And when they had each earned millions of dollars after the heist in Rio, Rome thought he had won their seemingly endless competition.
Rome pulled up at Tej’s new garage in a Koenigsegg CCXR, which he claimed was the only one in the Western Hemisphere. Tej revealed that he had the same car, making it that there are two of them in Western Hemisphere. The over-the-top competitiveness continues.

BFFs: Their Reunion In Fast Five

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

It’s only in their nature to bust each other’s chops, and where normal friends would pay each other compliments, Rome and Tej show affection by insulting each other.
When they reunite in Fast Five, their first time seeing each other since 2 Fast 2 Furious. Although Fast and Furious fans agree that Roman has so many great quotes, they also know that Tej can give it back as good as he gets it, which he does. After a couple more shots are fired from each of them, the finally hug it out like long lost brothers.

Frenemies: Fighting Over Ramsey

Tej spits out his drink at the BBQ in Fate of the Furious

Ramsey is one of the latest characters to be introduced in the series, as she was the hacker that the gang had to save in Furious 7. She has also become one of the best female characters in Fast & Furious.
Throughout Furious 7 and Fast 8, it is clear that both Tej and Rome are attracted to her and both try to compete for her affections. In the end, Ramsey refused to let them put their friendship on the line and rejects them both in Fate of the Furious.

BFFs: Going To Space Together

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

When he was first told about the scene by the Fast and Furious writers, Tyrese Gibson thought going to space was a joke. But in Fast 9, the series literally went there, in a rocket car full of Nos no less. It takes a lot of trust to get in to a rocket car and fly into space with someone, but that’s exactly what Rome did (even if it was a little against his will).
There were no two characters better to go to space together. However, though people would think that being alone together in an isolated space-car on such a grand mission would inspire more bonding, the time was instead unsurprisingly spent bickering the whole time.

Frenemies: Tej Calls Rome Scooby-Doo

Han and Gisele in laugh at Rome Fast & Furious 6

Though their banter was mostly absent in 2 Fast 2 Furious, by this point in the series, it had become an established trope of the franchise. But in yet another scenario where Rome is genuinely (and understandably) worried about the situation and is the only one talking any sense, Tej shoots Rome down.
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The engineer tells Rome he sounds like Scooby-Doo before doing an impression of him. Not only did it embarrass Rome, but he was completely humiliated in front of Gisele and Han. It’s the time that their “banter” came the closest to bullying.

BFFs: Tej Saves Rome From Drowning

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

Midway through Fate of the Furious when the family are taking on the giant submarine, Rome falls below the ice. But Tej, driving on the ice in a tank-like vehicle, talks Rome through every step in the way. He tells Rome to hold on to the door of his car under the ice, and then shoots the door with a harpoon, pulling him out.
Out of all of the fast & Furious movies, this wasn’t just the best moment between Rome and Tej, but it was one of the most heroic scenes in the whole series. And with what happened in 2 Fast 2 Furious, if it wasn’t for Tej, Rome would have ended up in jail or inadvertently got himself killed. The relationship feels more like a mother and a disobedient child than a friendship.

Frenemies: Tej Teasing Rome Over The Parachute Stunt

A car dropping out of a plane in Furious 7

In what is almost the exact opposite of Tej saving Rome, the super-engineer forces the helpless character to reverse out of a plane thousands of meters above land in a car. Though it’s one of the the best plans Dom’s crew has ever created in all Fast and Furious movies, Rome wasn’t on board with it and didn’t want to do it from the initial talk.
Rome was bullied and teased by Tej all the way up to the point when he’s sitting in the plane. But it did lead to one of the funniest gags in the entire series, as Rome hilariously tries to slam on the breaks, as if it’d do anything when he’s falling through the sky.
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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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