Kurt Russell Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7′ & Why He Won’t Appear in ‘The Expendables’

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The tragic death of Paul Walker was a huge blow to his family, friends and fans around the world. The event also necessitated a delay in the release of Fast and Furious 7, the latest installment of Walker’s signature franchise, as Universal Studios, the producers and director James Wan revised the script to include a respectful retirement of Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor.

Now that we know their general plan, resulting in a delay of the film until April 2015, news on the Fast and Furious has mostly gone silent. The more recent news has more or less overshadowed many other aspects of the production, including the presence of Death Proof star Kurt Russell, whose as-yet-undisclosed character will be introduced in Fast and Furious 7 with a storyline which will supposedly carry over to the eighth film.

Now, in an interview with Roth Cornet at IGN, Kurt Russell has offered some insight about the film’s shooting schedule, what drew him to the franchise (as opposed to The Expendables series), and the nature of his character in Fast and Furious 7

When asked about the film’s schedule in relation to his character, he responded by saying:

“I’ve been told April, maybe May, maybe Dubai, maybe Atlanta, maybe LA.”

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As for his character’s involvement beyond the next movie, Russell’s comments are somewhat surprising. The narrative of the next two films may still be evolving. As for whether or not his character will be involved in Fast and Furious 8Russell said:

“That’s going to be interesting, because the character has been purposely been treated in a certain way so that he can or can’t. The ‘can’ will be an interesting stretch. It works, because I understand what it is and we came up with it. It’s like, ‘Oh, wow! That’s cool!’

“If he doesn’t, then he doesn’t. If he gets killed, he gets killed. That will be for them to determine. I just wanted to be able to work with them making the best possible character to either be sad he doesn’t move on or say, ‘Yeah, I want this character to move on – we need this character to move on.’ That sort of thing. I don’t know what the situation, with Paul dying, does to that. I don’t know.”

Russell’s character was said to have been introduced as some kind of father-figure to Walker’s Brian O’Connor. When asked just how much that aspect of his character has changed, Russell replied: “He’s really more connected to Vin’s character.”

We still have had no specifics about Russell’s character. When asked if he was playing some kind of cop who was either working with Diesel or maybe on his trail, Russell answered:

“No. The character that I play is presented as one thing, but you have a big suspicion that he’s another. Vin’s character is – it’s really the family around Vin that’s going to be suspecting ‘Why is he involved with this guy?’ It was always going to be Vin’s character who he was a father figure to – but he’s either a good one or a bad one.”

Russell also commented on what drew him to the Fast and Furious franchise in the first place. One reason he wanted to be involved is that he it was “interesting how they’ve stayed beneath the radar and had such success. I admire that.”

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As a veteran of such cult-beloved action movies as Escape from New YorkStargateBig Trouble in Little China and The Thing, one would expect Russell to have at least been approached for Sylvester Stallone’s throwback action franchise The ExpendablesAccording to Russell:

“Yeah. I mean, I’m glad Sly’s done well with this. He’s a great person. The fellas all seem to have a good time. I’ve never seen any of them. It’s not a beat I get. It’s like looking backwards to me. There’s something about ‘Fast & Furious.’ It has that mystery to me – and it’s for a funny audience, you know? It’s for a 15 to… 30? I think now you can take that from 15 to 45, and I think that’s what’s interesting about that. I like the way Vin talks about it – it’s a saga. It’s not a series, it’s a saga. I think that Paul dying is a part of that saga.”

Russell has a point about the interestingly broad appeal of Fast and Furious - the movies span a demographic that only a handful of other blockbuster franchises can match. Fast and Furious 6‘s audience was one of that year’s most diverse, with Latinos representing 32% of viewers, women were 49%, and 57% of the film’s attendees over the age of 25.

Russell also offered some comments on Paul Walker and his passing. Russell did not know him well, but had this to say on where Walker was in his career:

“He was a great guy, he was a terrific person. How can you not like that guy? Everything about him was cool. Yeah, and he was just coming into a part of his life I think where he was beginning to say, ‘Well, I’ve kinda got my life going great. What is it artistically I wanna do? Now I’m comfortable to say, let me tear it apart and find out. Let me tear this engine apart and find out what’s there.’ Boom. Lights out. Terrible. Life! Life…”

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Check out the full interview here.

Russell is bound to prove a welcome addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, as he has been under-seen in theaters lately. As for the comments about Fast and Furious 7‘s story, it’s likely that the narrative leading into the eighth film is still being smoothed out following Walker’s passing. Russell’s involvement beyond the seventh film would not be surprising, given his charisma and fan-beloved status.

Kurt Russell will be seen in the con man comedy The Art of the Steal, co-starring Jay Baruchel and Matt Dillon, which is available for streaming ahead of its March 14 release in U.S. theaters (it was previously released in Canada back in September).


Fast and Furious 7 will be released on April 10, 2015.

Source: IGN

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  1. I heard a rumor a while back that Kurt Russell would be playing Jesse’s father – from FF1. It think could be plausible as Jesse and Dom were friends growing up, and Jesse’s dad was in prison during the events of the first film. Kurts character comes out of prison to finally be reunited with his son, but jesse died, so he goes looking for dom.

  2. Interesting. He decided not to appear in “The Expendables”. That’s fine but I am skipping Fast and Furious series. They do not interested me at all.

  3. So, interesting words from Vin about the saga that is FF.
    It some regard I believe him. It has developed into one even if that wasn’t the premise to start. I can’t say that I’m in love with it, but I think with Paul Walker’s death it has an opportunity to say something real.

    I say opportunity with respect, not to capitalize on his demise, but to make it stand for something, whatever it is that they can muster up: a true purpose for this ‘saga’.

    I finish with this. I would say that Brian Spilner needs to stand for something, and I don’t think the honorary walk into the sunset to respect Paul Walker’s death is the right way to send a true message. Paul’s dead, it’s tragic, now make it mean something. Make FF mean something.

  4. Very interesting take on FF and EXP although I don’t share his attitude. To me, FF is a miracle. The mere fact it’s that successful is bewildering and blissful at the same time. The first FF was a neat action flick with cool stunts, great music and hot chicas. The next two installments were kinda heading downwards and I never thought that would ever be a fourth installment. FF4, 5 and 6 were nothing but astonishing, action-wise, emotionally and cinematically. At this point, calling it a saga is a well-deserved statement but it’s still amazing they even got so far after parts 2+3…

    EXP on the other hand is far more than FF will ever be. Russel’s right about the sentiment it’s about looking back. But that’s the point of it! Having the greatest action heroes of the 80s and 90s united in one giant franchise is nothing but awesome to say the least. Diesel and The Rock appearing on EXP one day would mean a lot more to me that Russel being part of the FF franchise. Every action star ever should be part of EXP!

    FF is one series of many along the likes of Die Hard, Mission Impossible, Rambo, Transporter, Terminator et al… but EXP brings them all together. Having Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, Statham, Lundgren, Van Damme, Norris etc. in one movie series means a lot more to me than any FF installment could, even if objectively FF might be better written. EXP is like having Shatner, S. Weaver, Hasselhoff and Mark Hamill in one movie! It’s not about the movie, it’s about having them together…

    And this is why Russel should be a part of it… so should Seagal, Diesel, The Rock and all former Bond actors as long as they can walk and talk!

    • Totally agree.

      I just turned 30 years old but having grown up with movies like Commando, Robocop, Kickboxer, Bloodsport, the Rambo flicks, Raw Deal, Escape From New York and so many others, the Expendables franchise is a dream come true while the Fast & Furious movies just seem like a bland car movie that grew into a bland action series, like the old Chuck Norris movies but with a bigger budget and bigger explosions.

      I’d love to see Kurt Russell, The Rock, Nathan Jones, Manu Bennett, Vernon Wells, Tony Jaa and even Mr Mumbles himself, Vin Diesel, in an Expendables flick.

    • Well, I for one couldn’t possibly disagree more. The Expendables can’t hold a candle to what Fast and Furious has achieved and the Expendables series will never produce a film anywhere near as good as the last couple of F&F films. No series has ever gone on to do what the Fast and Furious franchise has been able to achieve. Not only is it on its 7th film, with an 8th already planned, its actualy gotten SIGNIFICANTLY better as the series has gone on. The only other franchise that can really be compared to this is James Bond and the diversity of people that this film appeals too is nothing short of astounding. Its an enigma wrapped in an enigma.

      I grew up in the 80′s action era so I can appreciate what Stallone is trying to do with the Expendable series. Unfortunatly, the films just arent that good story wise. Its all about the action and to be perfectly honest, I require more from a film these days than just big action sequences. Given those are the kinds of films Expendables is trying to replicate, but many of the action film those stars starred in actually had quality stories. For example, you have Terminator, First Blood, Time Cop, Predator, etc. I do not consider either Expendable films to be good films. They have good action scenes, but the films themselves are medicore at best. The last couple of Fast and the Furious films were actually good films, as amazing as that is to believe. That is one of the things that makes the F&F series so unique. Its actually become a series that makes quality action films. Again, it really is an enigma wrapped in an enigma and I think Kurt Russel is an absolute perfect addition to the cast.

  5. Love. This f***in’. Guy.

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  7. Looking back at all of the action icons who’ve been around in my lifetime, there are few who’ve remained as mysterious and low-key as Kurt Russell. By far, he’s one of my personal favorites if only because Backdraft remains one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve often wondered about his absence in The Expendables, especially given his Tango & Cash outing with Stallone. Glad to finally get an answer on that front!

    I enjoyed the article, but I can’t tell if it was a verbatim interview or hasty editing that made the flow so clunky to read.

    • Just fininshed watching Furious 7 . Awsome & Loved Kurt Russell was surprised to see him didn’t even suspect him to be in the movie.. Loyal Fan (:

  8. Maybe Russell is playing a friend of Dom’s father, one that was present when Dom’s father burned in his crash?

    • Or a g@y l0ver

  9. “It’s like looking backwards to me”

    did he just throw a job hahaha

  10. He really sounds like a pretentious A hole.

    • Why does he sound pretentious, it is looking back, that’s why some people like it and others don’t. Stating a fact isn’t pretentious, it’s stating a fact.

  11. How did they get those demographics? I certainly didn’t give the theater my age or race, nor do I write that information on the cash that I pay my tickets with. I’d hazard a guess that most people don’t either. Do they illegally use information from credit card records?

    • It’s probably statistics gathered by test groups of viewers for “professionals” to classify, similarly to how they grade movies for ratings. It can never be 100% accurate, of course; there are always people like me with a degree of arrested development. This is the reason why movies based on superheroes or anything animated was once slated for “kids.”

  12. I don’t know why Kurt Russell would pass up a great opportunity for not joining the Expendables instead of joining fast and the furious. He worked with some of the action stars of the 80s and 90s who were in or not in the Expendables films. He worked with Sly Stallone in Tango and Cash before. so why couldn’t he do it again? He and Mel Gibson worked together in Tequila Sunrise after they both played sci fi cult action heroes like Mad Max and Snake Plissken. After that they both went solo and worked with Ron Howard and Roland Emmerich on one film. And even now Mel gibson is doing Expendables 3 as we speak. Kurt has lost his edge. He needs to get his head out of his ass. He made great movies then but he lost it after doing family friendly movies back at Disney. Last good movie I saw was Death Proof. Kurt, everybody was glad you got to be a badass again. But you lost your nerve for not doing Expendables. Since you are doing fast and the furious 7 I will go see it just for you and I hope you do more good films with your fellow action stars and none of this straight to video crap.

  13. I watch Chicago PD, and think Jesse Lee soccer is too perfect to fill in as Brian.while he is not pauls twin ,he fits Brian’s discription and sounds and acts a hell of alot like brian

  14. im glad hes on the fast and the furious 7 but expendables 3 who cares anyway its the last expendable movie i think so what would be the point and are they really going to do another fast and the furious 8 as as well or not

  15. Anything Kurt Russell is in I’ll pay to see. He’s one of my favorite all time actors that has done it all. To skip out of The Expendables say’s something about him. He’s a true class actor and knows what he wants to do. I mean, he’s “Snake Plissken”! Doesn’t get much cooler than that!!!! Can’t wait to see F.F 7

    • You know it’s actually kinda funny that Snake Plissken is considered a cool action hero type character. He was originally supposed to be a spoof of such characters as Dirty Harry and Mad Max. Not a serious character at all. But everyone just liked the character so much they just refused to see him as a putdown of action characters and kind of forced him into being a true badass action hero..

  16. I’ve been late to this whole ‘Saga,’ of FF movies, their kinda growing on me. After I heard about the sad passing of Paul Walker; I watched all the FF movies in one weekend. Really good stuff and I’m glad that my favorite old -school cult action star Kurt Russell has not fallen to ‘The Expendables,’ movies. Vin sounds like he’s really smart about making this into a Success, even with the recent tradegy.

  17. Vin is a f@g and Paul Walker sucks c0cks in he11

  18. Hey, There is always Expendables 4-5-6. He could always pop up in one of those. Not sure why he would pass on Exp3. Makes more sense for him to be in that, but im sure he will be great in ff7. I’m not a huge fan of either franchise. but they are entertaining and that’s all that counts.


  20. I would like to see Kurt Russell in good shape for this movie especially for fight scenes if he is the bad guy or not. He was in good shape for soldier, escape from New York, etc. back in the day he did a lot of good action movies. I hope this is one of them again. Like I said, he hadn’t done a good movie since Death Proof. If he can do this film and not Expendables, that’s fine. But I would like him to be in good shape and not fat and bloated lately. I don’t want to see potbellied kurt russell, I want to see good shape kurt russell like i saw in the other movies. That’s what kurt should do lose some weight so he can be fast and fight well. Look at Mel gibson in Expendables 3 I mean he was in good shape to fight Sylvester Stallone. Same with Van Damme in Expendables 2. So that is what I’d like to see. They should also get Richard Gere for this or the Expendables since he was a good villain up against Andy Garcia in internal affairs.

  21. I would love to see Bruce Willis go up against Kurt Russell in a movie. They should get bruce for fast and the furious as well.

  22. Read that kurt did not even respond positively to sly’s offer for “The Expendables”. If that is true, then he has made a big mistake.

    F&F is nothing compared to the expendables cast. Would like see Kurt up against the likes of mel gison, sly, arnie & Jason.

  23. Kurt Russell is perfect for expendables. End of story. Why he’s not interested just shows how much of a hypocrite he really is. Kurt did backdraft, escape from ny and la, stargate, soldier, executive decision, the thing, big trouble in little china, death proof, tequila sunrise, tango and cash, etc. shows his range of action and ensemble casting in great cult films. If he decides to do expendables 4, good. If not, then he’s missing out.

  24. The closest kurt Russell and Steven Seagal came to expendables was executive decision. But I definitely think they should have let Seagal live and john Leguizamo die. That would have been better. In that day it was trying to compete with speed, broken arrow, stargate, demolition man, etc.

  25. Can anyone help???? My granddaughter who is 2 will only go to sleep to Kurt Russell in Dreamer: Sonador. My husband accidentally erased this movie. HOW can I get another copy?

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  26. I would like to see Kurt Russell and Tommy Lee jones in a movie together. Closest that jones ever came to a movie with Kurt Russell was blown away with Jeff bridges who looked exactly like kurt Russell.

  27. No doubt the movie is going to be rocking !! But one should not comment such about an upcoming featured movie.