[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ‘FAST & FURIOUS 6.’]
There are plenty of reasons people love Fast & Furious, and one of the biggest is the franchise’s non-stop, over-the-top action. That’s why Jason Statham’s surprise cameo at the end of Fast & Furious 6 sent audiences into a such a frenzy.
Who better to butt heads with Dom Toretto and the gang than Statham, one of the greatest action stars of our generation? And it’s not just fans that are excited. In a recent interview, Statham himself talked about the reaction to his character’s introduction and how excited he is to join the blockbuster series for Fast & Furious 7.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Statham called the action scenes “mind-blowing” and heaping praise on his co-workers.
“There’s nothin’ better than that car stuff. I’ve never seen anything to compare to it. And Vin [Diesel] is terrific. Everybody in it is just terrific. They’re a great little crew. I know Tyrese. I know Paul Walker. I’ve met all of them, and they’re all really cool. I’m really excited to be involved with it… I’m just not gonna tell ya what I’m gonna do.”
Statham expressed equal enthusiasm about working with new director James Wan, who is currently planning those amazing action sequences.
In a separate interview with Coming Soon, Statham said he couldn’t wait to meet with the director.
“I just wrapped a movie over in Vegas, so I haven’t had a chance to sit with James. We’ve had a couple phone calls, I’m dying to sit down with him and we’re gonna figure something out. I’m really excited to be a part of that franchise.”
While Statham was open with his excitement, he was scant on actual details about his character. Though we know that he’s likely playing the brother of Luke Evans’ character Owen Shaw, Statham didn’t confirm or deny his role. In fact, he shared his distaste for any and all spoilers about the movie.
“Obviously, we’re trying to work out now what angle to come from. Some people say, ‘Wait, are you gonna be the villain? The guy who threatens the world and wants to blow everything up?’ No. ‘What kind of an antagonist are you gonna be?’ I’m not gonna say what I’m gonna be. The spoilers are the worst…I’m gonna try and keep my mouth shut and not say what I’m gonna be doing.”
That being said, I’m sure that we’ll get plenty of information about Statham’s role over the coming months whether he shares it or not.
The real question is: How long can this franchise keep going? The movies only seem to be gaining in popularity with each new installment, and are continuing to add bigger stars with each new outing. Will we see Fast & Furious 8, 9, and 10? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters July 11th, 2014.