Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Vin Diesel — three of probably the most high-profile stars of the Fast & Furious franchise — have it in their contracts that their characters can’t lose fights in the movies. A 2019 Wall Street Journal story quoted a number of individuals concerned in the movies — editors, producers, and so on — who spoke about how the actors have measures in place to keep away from coming throughout as ‘wimps’.
The report stated that “according to producers and crew members on the films, Mr. Statham, 51 years old, negotiated an agreement with the studio that limits how badly he can be beaten up on screen. Mr. Diesel, 52, has his younger sister, a producer on the films, police the number of punches he takes. And Mr. Johnson, 47, enlists producers, editors and fight coordinators to help make sure he always gives as good as he gets.”
“It’s like that old trope where an actor comes in and wants more closeups,” an unnamed editor advised the WSJ. “They want more muscles.” The report cited the instance of a scene in Furious 7, the place The Rock was supposed lay on the bottom earlier than Diesel, however had the scene rewritten in order that he was sitting as a substitute. Diesel is claimed to have developed a counting system which assigns a rating to each hit — punches, kicks, headbutts — his character takes, as away to maintain a tab on who comes up on prime.
Diesel and The Rock have been engaged in a nicely publicised feud, after on-set tensions pressured Universal to department off the franchise. While the primary collection was delayed, a spin-off that includes The Rock and Statham was fast-tracked.
The ninth Fast & Furious movie can be launched in 2021, after being delayed by a yr due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hobbs & Shaw was launched final yr.
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