Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious worry
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 May 2021
Vin Diesel has admitted that he almost didn't star in the Fast and Furious franchise because of worries over the script
Vin Diesel almost pulled out of 'The Fast and the Furious' movie.
The 53-year-old is still working on the franchise 20 years after filming the first film but admitted he was initially unsure about the script and debated about whether he would sign up for it or not.
Speaking on Entertainment Weekly's 'Binge' podcast, Vin said: "Universal ended up being involved in the release of 'Pitch Black', the only other movie I had done of that size, and so they said, 'We got this movie that's about illegal street car racing, and we want you to play this character, who's a tough guy, outlaw, with a heart and a code'.
"Then they describe that scene you see in the first movie, where the camera goes through my eye and down my arm and into the engine, and that's the only thing they described. And I said, 'Yes, I'm in!'
"The next day I'm supposed to go the premiere in Australia for 'Pitch Black', and I read the script and I go... I'm conflicted here, because this script is not what I thought it would be."
However, a script rewrite from David Ayer convinced him to take on the role of Dominic Toretto.
He said: "The irony is, I felt like I had gotten what the character wanted to be in the first script, but I felt there were things conflicting with this truth — and that's where David came in. I remember him saying, 'The Dom character is so complex, I've never seen anything like it since Alonzo [Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning role in Training Day].'
"I appreciated that he was able to see the complexities of the character... And some other characters needed some fine-tuning as well, like the Letty character. I'm just so lucky they were open to it all and that they really wanted me to feel great and confident about it."