A scene from “Fast & Furious 6” starring Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel recently created a buzz. Did the two actors really shoot it together?
If you’ve seen Fast & Furious 6, you might have winced at this visually rather odd scene featuring Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel at the end of the movie, when their Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto characters reunite. Why strange? Because it gives the impression, for a while, that the first is giant compared to the second and that the two men do not look each other in the eyes!
This scene created a buzz in early April after an internet user echoed it on social networks. If Hobbs and Toretto initially seem to offer a visually balanced face-to-face, everything changes when the first steps forward and suddenly makes the second appear tiny. Admittedly, Vin Diesel is about fifteen centimeters shorter than Dwayne Johnson, but all the same, these shots give the illusion of a much bigger difference …
Updated almost eight years after the release of Fast & Furious 6, these images obviously provoked strong reactions from fans of the saga. Thus, this bizarre prospect would be for many the fruit of the tensions between two actors who are perhaps not the best friends in the world. For others, it is even possible that the two Hollywood stars were not together on the set and that everything was settled during the editing phase.
Verdict? Visual effects specialist Todd Vaziri, who has worked on Avatar, Transformers and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, among others, explains in detail that this bizarre impression is just the result of a staging trick resulting in an unintentional forced perspective in the eyes of the viewer. According to him, the actors were present for this scene, but they were not facing each other and did not look each other in the eyes.
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