Vin Diesel Revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the First Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the first Fast & Furious

 

Vin Diesel revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the first Fast & Furious.

Vin Diesel came perilously close to losing out on the immensely popular film franchise that cemented his celebrity.

During an appearance on Entertainment Weekly’s Binge podcast on Friday, the 53-year-old actor revealed that he nearly dropped out of the first Fast & Furious film.

After reading an early draft of the script that was incomplete, he admitted he had second thoughts about the heist film.

Diesel wasn’t even the studio’s first option for 2001’s The Fast And The Furious, as the role of Dominic Toretto was originally cast with Justified’s Timothy Olyphant.

However, Universal eventually passed on to Diesel, who had already worked with the studio on a major film.

After reading an early draft of the script that was incomplete, he admitted he had second thoughts about the heist film.

Diesel wasn’t even the studio’s first option for 2001’s The Fast And The Furious, as the role of Dominic Toretto was originally cast with Justified’s Timothy Olyphant.Vin Diesel revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the first Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel Revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the First Fast & Furious, Relay Vibes

However, Universal eventually passed on to Diesel, who had already worked with the studio on a major film.

However, the rewrite was given to David Ayer, who would later write the Oscar-winning film Training Day (and later direct the critically panned DC Comics film Suicide Squad), and a conversation with him helped Diesel relax.

‘The irony is that in the first draft, I felt like I had gotten what the character wanted to be, but I felt there were elements in the script that contradicted this reality — and that’s where David came in,’ he continued. “I’ve never seen anything like it since Alonzo [Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-winning appearance in Training Day],” he said of the Dom character.

‘I liked that he was able to see the character’s nuances… Other characters, such as the Letty character, needed some fine-tuning as well. I’m just grateful that they were receptive to anything and that they genuinely wanted me to feel good about it.

He went on to say that he didn’t think that kind of care and confidence in an actor was “the typical Hollywood story,” but “my Hollywood story has never been the typical Hollywood story.”

Vin included a touching story about his late friend and former costar Paul Walker, who died in a car accident shortly after filming on 2015’s Furious 7 wrapped.Vin Diesel revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the first Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel Revealed he almost DROPPED OUT of the First Fast & Furious, Relay Vibes

He remembered how the two had gone to Mexico for MTV Spring Break in the run-up to the release of The Fast And The Furious, and Paul had insisted on flying commercial instead of private on the way back.

It wasn’t until that trip that he realized how much his life would be altered by his impending celebrity.

‘And I’ll never forget this: We’re sitting on the airport floor, bags to the side, legs spread out, thousands of people passing us by, walking over us.’ Now that he’d already released a few films, he was a little more prepared for what was to come, and he said, “Vin, take it in. Consider the fact that all of these people are just passing us by.”

‘I asked why, and he replied, “Because our anonymity will be gone when this movie is out.” How he knew was so telling, and it was so unreal.’

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