Find out which actors and actresses refused to star in the popular action and car saga “Fast & Furious”.
In 20 years of existence, the Fast & Furious franchise has evolved a lot. It has gone from films for fans of racing cars to a true action saga pushing the limits of the possible with every feature film.
While the ninth opus was released in theaters on Wednesday, a look back at these actors and actresses who refused to play in one of the episodes of this series, each new episode of which is a hit around the world.
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It is not known what role the comedian was expected to play in Fast & Furious 6 (possibly one of the Shaw brothers?), But negotiations with the studio were unsuccessful and David Tennant never appeared in the saga.
Driven by the successes of American Girls and the Buffy and Angel series, Eliza Dushku was the one the studio wanted to play Mia Toretto, Dominic’s sister. The latter, however, refused without ever giving her reasons. It was agreed that it would be scheduling issues, which left Jordana Brewster to land the role for her.
Dominic Toretto could have had hair! Timothy Olyphant was indeed tipped to play the lead role in Fast & Furious, but ultimately ruled the saga “too stupid” to be able to become a refreshing franchise. Afraid to do the same film over and over, he declined by making a happy one: Vin Diesel.
Rapper Ja Rule starred in Fast & Furious before refusing the second film. John Singleton told Grantland: “Ja turned down half a million dollars when he got 15,000 for the first. He cardboard [musicalement] at the time (…) and acted as if he was too important to play in the sequel, he did not answer the phone “. He never returned to the saga.
Prior to appearing alongside Vin Diesel in xXx: Reactivated, Deepika Padukone had auditioned for a role in Fast and Furious 7 but had to give it up because of other engagements in India, in Bollywood. Her role will ultimately be attributed to Nathalie Emmanuel.
At the microphone of ColliderDave Bautista, currently starring in Army of the Dead, said he wasn’t “not interested” by the Fast & Furious action franchise, although the studio had requested to meet with him about a role.
Following the departure of Ja Rule, the saga had a free role for 2 Fast 2 Furious. Before Ludacris was called in a bit of disaster, rapper Redman was tipped to play Tej. In the end, this did not happen for reasons of scheduling.
Played by Paul Walker in the franchise, the character of Brian O’Conner could have belonged to Eminem, had it not been for 8 Mile, which won him the Oscar for Best Song for Lose Yourself. He has since signed a song for the soundtrack of Fast & Furious 6 and 9.
Vin Diesel has refuse to appear in 2 Fast 2 Furious: “After the first one, I remember being in a room full of CEOs and people who own the franchise. (…) One of them said to me: ‘we have to do the same thing again’ and I tell everyone: “you can’t, don’t touch [à ce film], leave him alone “.“He will obviously come back for Tokyo Drift and then the whole saga.