During the press tour, dedicated to the start of the rental of “Fast and the Furious 8”, the studio tries to keep the actors apart.
In August 2016, just before the end of the shooting of Fast & Furious 8, actor Duane Johnson complained to readers of his Instagram that he had to work with a “sugar ass” that acted unprofessionally at the site – unlike other members of the Universal team.
Later, the media reported that Johnson had a serious conflict with Vin Diesel, but soon the actor took his words back and said that the problem was resolved.
Then many journalists decided that the quarrel is part of the marketing of the film, where the hero of Vin Diesel, for reasons unknown so far, betrays the “family”, and Johnson’s character is forced to unite with his enemy, played by Jason Statham.
However, insiders of The Hollywood Reporter report that the conflict between Scala and Diesel is quite real and has not been resolved so far. At the moment, the actors actively promote the film, but they do it mostly separately.
According to the newspaper, the studio is trying to ensure that the stars intersect at a minimum. For example, when Universal gave an unexpected premiere of Fast & Furious 8 at the CinemaCon conference, only Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron took the stage, while Johnson went on the set to the series “Footballers” (Ballers).
However, “The Rock” did not miss CinemaCon: 12 hours earlier, he participated in events dedicated to the films “Jumanji” and “Rescuers of Malibu”. Studio Universal said that the actors simply dispersed in their schedules, but THR insiders say that if you wanted the stars could be easily put together.
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the conflict of actors could relate to assessing their importance for the franchise. On the one hand, “Fast and the Furious” is hard to imagine without the participation of Vin Diesel, and on the other, Duane Johnson is a much more popular actor. If Diesel, with the exception of the conditional role in “Guardians of the Galaxy” keeps its old franchises like “Three X”, “Fast and the Furious” and “Riddick”, then “Scala” regularly launches new ones.
During the CinemaCon conference, Vin Diesel stated that Fast and the Furious 8 is the beginning of a new trilogy, which will end in Fast and the Furious 10. These words can mean that in the next picture of the series the audience will be shown only the outset of the conflict between the character of Diesel and his relatives.
In addition, at the conference, Vin Diesel stated that Fast and Furious 8 is filled with the spirit of Paul Walker.
Paul’s legacy is in every frame we shot. There is something beautiful about it. We did not want to let him down.Vin Dieselactor
Fast & Furious is one of the most successful franchises in film history. The seventh picture of the series has collected in the global box office $ 1.5 billion. Such popularity was also associated with the final farewell to the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident. It remains unknown whether Forsage 8 will succeed in surpassing this result, but the first reviews from the premiere at CinemaCon turned out to be mostly positive. Observers noted that the film was even more intense action than the “Fast and the Furious 7”.
In Russia, “Fast and Furious 8” was in the center of the scandal. The Ministry of Culture offered to postpone the release of the film in the country on April 20 for the sake of the Russian drama “Time of the First”, to which the cinema responded with the threat of a boycott. So far, the fate of the picture in Russia is not resolved.