Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel Discuss Fast Five
01.26.11 by Ryan
Director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan are raising the stakes for Fast Five, the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Besides re-teaming Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Brazil—and bringing back franchise favorites Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, and Gal Gadot—Dwayne (we still want to call him "The Rock") Johnson joins the cast as federal agent Luke Hobbs, who is tasked with bringing Diesel and Walker to justice. Johnson told ComingSoon that he has planned on joining Diesel in a movie for a while.
I've known Vin for a long time an we've always talked about doing something together, but as long as it was right and wasn't forced. This felt like the right opportunity to create a formidable adversary for him and one that was believable and that we could get on screen and rumble and dance and have some fun... [Hobbs is] not only efficient in his skills and having that animalistic, visceral way where I can rip your f**king throat out — excuse my language — but I also have the backing of the U.S. government. He's a fun, fun character.
Johnson spoke to ScreenRant and revealed that he and Diesel won't be just physically fighting, but also sitting down in a diner in a scene reminiscent of 1995's Heat.
It’s a wonderful scene. One cappuccino with two straws. That was something I was looking forward to and just as a fan of movies and a fan of genres this is an awesome opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, where you can have two guys who are successful and put it down and go at it. There are some great scenes in the movie where we do talk, and it’s a nice, stinging conversation and the intensity is palpable – it’s in the air. But then f*** talking, eventually you gotta get down and kick some ass.
Diesel revealed over a year ago that 2009's Fast and Furious was "chapter one" and that Morgan had written "Chapter 2 and Chapter 3." In Diesel's conversation with ComingSoon, he reiterated that Fast Five was the middle part of "a trilogy".
My gut feeling about sequels is that they should be premeditated. You should try to write a trilogy first or at least sketch out a trilogy if you have any faith in your film. You should think about where the film is going over a series of films... So, when I did Tokyo Drift, they asked me to do this cameo. I had always said no to doing sequels to Fast and the Furious and I had said no because of the script. And the producer said, "If you don't like the scripts that we're producing, then you produce a script." And that was the last Fast & Furious. When I was thinking of this Fast & Furious, I thought of it as three stories. The one that you saw, this one, and the final one.
Who will make it to the next sequel is unknown, since only Diesel and Kang make it into Tokyo Drift, which takes place last in the franchise's chronology. While little else is known about the next Fast and Furious sequel's plot, Diesel said that they won't be traveling far from Fast Five's Brazilian location.
"I think we'll be in Europe in the last one," said Diesel.