Vin Diesel Says ‘Fast Five’ is Part of a New ‘Furious’ Trilogy

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 8:03 am,

Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is one of two characters in Fast Five who has made an appearance in four of the (now) five Fast and Furious franchise films. In the fifth installment, Dom will lead an even bigger team and face tougher foes.

Diesel’s stake in the Fast and Furious franchise is unrivaled. He jumped on as a Fast & Furious producer and has explored the possibilities of doing a sixth movie.

Diesel’s career has been defined by more than just the action-racing franchise. The actor has established relatively iconic genre movie roles as Xander Cage (xXx) and Riddick (Chronicles of Riddick). But ever since regaining control of the franchise with Fast & Furious, Diesel has put himself back in the driver’s seat.

After a long day of fighting Dwayne Johnson (as Luke Hobbs), Vin Diesel sat down for 30 minutes with myself and other journalists on the set of Fast Five in Atlanta, GA. Needless to say, he was bloodied and sweaty from a day of combat. During other interviews, the two heavy-hitters could be heard grunting, yelling, screaming and crashing into tables in the background. The fight sure sounded epic – but time will tell how they translate to film.

Vin Diesel: [Dwayne Johnson and I have] been filming this pretty intense scene. We’ve been filming this fight sequence that has been going on for what feels like a week. It’s been pretty intense.

Question: We talked to Dwayne and he said, “Yeah, I kick his ass.”

VD: Dwayne’s great. He’s been a buddy of mine for a long time. The role was initially written for a Tommy Lee Jones/Josh Brolin and with today’s level of physicality and, I guess the physicality that fans would expect from Dom — I mean, Dom’s a mechanic who races cars. He’s not as vain as xXx. He’s not an athlete like xXx. He’s not a sci-fi/intergalactic killer like Riddick. He’s like the most normal guy I got, really. But at the same time, the studio was wanting to find somebody who would be formidable enough to, I guess, increase the legend of Dom and whatever. Whatever way you could. I’ve known him for ten years. We’ve always wanted to do something together. When you do a fight sequence like that, if you’re working with an athlete like I did on Babylon – I did it with a mixed martial artist named Jérôme Le Banner – it added something dynamic to that scene. Who better skilled at the art of creating choreographed fight sequences than somebody who comes from a world of choreography? It was almost a perfect match in that regard to have somebody who would be taken that serious as a formidable opponent.

Not to mention that, when Fast & Furious came out last year and opened at $72.5 [million] opening weekend, the only person in Hollywood that called me to congratulate me was Dwayne. Kind of weird. Only person, out of all the people I’ve worked with. Not that they should. The only person who said anything, that said, “Congratulations, brother” was Dwayne. Long before we really knew when we’re going to shoot the next one.

Vin Diesel has taken it upon himself to assure fans that the subsequent Fast and the Furious movies are better than 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift. While both have their fair share of dedicated fans, the general consensus is that they failed to successfully follow-up on the strengths of The Fast and the Furious.

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The franchise could have easily fallen into Direct-to-DVD territory – but Diesel knows more about filmmaking that some fans might realize.

VD: I was raised in New York City and raised in the New York City theater world. It was how we approached acting. My father was a theater director and an acting teacher. It was not uncommon for me to have long discussions about the method and what the various different processes were to finding a character and exploring character and realizing that character. For me, I’m not in a good mood today because I’m thinking about beating the f*** out of somebody. Somebody is gonna get punched. I’m in an angry mode. That’s inside me. That’s the character. So I’m not the nicest person right now. Whereas if you’ve interviewed me at any other time, I’m the nicest guy in the world.

Diesel’s experience, in all forms of entertainment, has given him a balanced perspective on what makes a quality film. He may stay close to the action genre, but he obviously cares about the movies he becomes involved with. It comes as no surprise to hear Diesel discuss the importance of maturity – as it pertains to the cast and crew of The Fast and the Furious franchise.

VD: I guess there’s more pressure now than there was then. But I always thought there was pressure. I was of the mindset that I was lucky to work. I was of the mindset that nobody wanted me in Hollywood. I approached Hollywood with that idea – nobody wants me here, so I’ve got to work extra hard. There’s a great benefit to working with actors that you’ve worked with for ten years. The idea of exploring character relations and their development over a decade has to be appealing for any actor who cherishes his craft. When I first did The Fast and the Furious, I didn’t want there to be a sequel on the first one. I thought, “Why would you rush to do a sequel just because your first film is successful?” I’ve always had kind of an allergic reaction to taking a reactionary approach to a sequel.

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. Our public is so apt for episodic storytelling. I grew up with Goodfellas and then the next generation was growing up with TheSopranos. It’s the same genre and the same genre, but one you’re able to see every week and one you see when it opened up in the theater. 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.

In the trailer for Fast Five, there is a lightning-fast shot of Dom making out with a beautiful woman. Of course the love of his life, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), died in Fast & Furious, so either Dom got over her absence quickly – or there is more to it than meets the eye.

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Diesel briefly explained to us the state of Dom’s heart and how it might affect the rest of the franchise beyond Fast Five.

Q: Has Dom finally gotten over Letty in this one?

VD: That’s a dangerous question.

Q: Well, because she was so important to that character.

VD: So important to that character. So important to that character. I will answer you this way: When I was thinking of this Fast and the Furious, I thought of it as three stories. The one that you saw, this one and the final one.

Q: So this is a trilogy?

VD: This is a trilogy. In the same way that we’ve seen other franchises reinvent themselves and it was kind of what they had to do. If you remember seeing the posters for Fast & Furious, there was no number on the poster. That’s bizarre. That doesn’t happen a lot. It was a subliminal way of saying, “We’re not going to go on and on and on. We closed up the last three and it’s almost a fresh start.”

Q: Do you think you’ll take it to Europe in the last one?

Diesel: I think we’ll be in Europe in the last one.

Like any franchise, Fast and the Furious has a core group of fans that have stuck with it through thick and thin. Tokyo Drift was a hiccup before a resurgence to box office success and a re-energized trilogy. With another movie already in development, Fast Five has the luxury of resting on the success of Fast & Furious, but also the pressure of moving the story along for Fast and the Furious 6.

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Vin Diesel has fought a number of enemies, both real and imagined. His best competitor may be on the horizon in Fast Five. If the fight between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel is as epic as many fans hope, we could be in store for one of the better battles in recent memory.

However, as Diesel says, story is the most important aspect of the movie. It rises above the ensemble cast or the new additions. Diesel’s focus on improving the franchise with each subsequent movie will be the deciding factor on whether Fast Five has a purpose in the saga, or is just an attempt at capitalizing on the financial success of Fast & Furious.

SIDENOTE: if you haven’t already, be sure to read our other Fast Five set visit posts:

Fast Five crashes into theaters on April 29th, 2011.

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  1. Sigh!!!!!

  2. Hate the franchise or not… I find a lot of what was said by Vin… Apt. For lack of a better word or phrase. I admit I like the way he thinks….
    I’ll be the first to admit I thought he was just some run of the mill action star… Wow….
    Though I do remember hearing or reading about him being a D&D player… not quite sure where or if its true. Imagine having Vin Diesel in one of your tabletop sessions playing a Paladin…;p

    • He was an avid D&D player :)

      • He was running a D&D game on the set of Riddick. Friend him on Facebook and you can see all his personal pics and discussions with his fans. Its worth it.

        • It may sound weird but I refuse to create a facebook account. I know proponents will argue endlessly with me on the merits of creating one. I just don’t want to. I’m busy enough as it is with work and all my other hobbies to get addicted to facebook camping :)

          • If you do decide to take the jump one day, don’t use the feature to invite friends from your e-mail account. I did that and my friends were receiving junk e-mail from me. My anti-spam software finally took care of that.

            • Thanks for the suggestion Kahless :) I remember when I first tried out Friendster when it came out…(I was pretty much a social outcast during that time hehehe) same problem happened to me. That’s one of the reasons I avoid these Social Networking sites.

  3. i really like all of them they are for sure my guilty pleasures lol, i remember walking inot the movies to see the first one me and my boys were like this movie is going to blow, and by the time the credits rolled i was a fan and wanted more lol i dont even like driving fast myself but the franchise has alwas done a great job of not taking it self to seriously and always giving us (the fans) what we want.

  4. do Fast & Furious in London and seewhat happen major traffic and speed cameras

  5. Nooooo! Less Fast and Furious, more Riddick dammit!

    • Riddick is gonna have to wait <.<

  6. The first one was a great movie, one of few films i can watch over and over. The second sucked, the third was a dope idea and a cool movie but the casting was terrible, if they had a different lead, a different girl and villian, Tokyo Drift might have been the reinvention of the franchise. Lets just hope this isnt as bad as the last one. I have hope the final Fast n Furious could be good….wait nvm, they killed off Michelle Rodriguez, i give up.

    • You know she’s not dead.

  7. oh dear god..

  8. I’m just going to get right to my point.

    Vin, stop wasting my time with these gay asrsed fast and fisted films. I want more Riddick not this garbage!!!

    • Im sorry i liked Riddick but all the F&F movies are my fav. byfar when i seen the first one i loved it and i couldnt wait for the next one to come out. Now i cant wiat to see this new one cuz they always leave me wonting more and i will be a fan till i die!!!! Keep it going Vin, and Paul.

    • wow f&f is better than anything even star wars thay wont end

  9. The Fast & Furious 3DLOGY!

  10. I hate to admit it, I really do, because I get panned for this all the time from friends who think they are movie critics, but I love The Fast and Furious movies. They are a great summer popcorn flick, and I’ll be damned if I don’t want to drive really fast after coming out of the theater. That being said, I am happy for Vin, after seeing him in interviews and such, he seems like one of the most legitimate actors in hollywood and the nicest. Yet, I am still missing my Riddick franchise. Loved Pitch Black, I loved The Chronicles, now I just have to wait for one more. Great q&a with Vin, but I would have finished with asking about his next Riddick…I need to know!

  11. I’m not going to lie, i’ve always had a guilty pleasure for Fast and Furious, and shoot me if you will but Tokyo Drift is actually my favorite in the franchise. We’ve all seen VD in these muscle bad ass roles (nothing wrong with that) but it seemed like that was all there was to him. But after reading about how he thinks about movies and his craft, he actually seems quite talented and passionate. I also know that they can spin words and make things not look how they seem, but i hope this isn’t the case. But yes, more Riddick with a “Hard” R would be awesome.

    • Ha! I thought I was the only person in the world who calls Tokyo Drift his/her favorite of the entire series. Having finally seen the fifth installment yesterday, I can say that I love every one of these films for what they are: mindless fun. And I can also honestly continue to say TD is, and probably always will be given the direction these movies seem to be going, my favorite one.

      While I like action and heist movies, I just preferred the “pure car culture” approach to the series, and TD was the best representation of that. I understand, however, that such a formula would get stale fast and they had to revitalize it in some way. I just wish they could bring Sean (Lucas Black) back into it somehow. I know most think his acting is wooden (and, truthfully, it is), but I really like him for some reason.

  12. These are the cheesiest movies ever made and some of the racing scenes are no more based-in reality than Star Wars. It’s also responsible for the worst automotive trend in history.

  13. I like the Fast and Furious movies with Vin in them as the star, but I would rather see more Riddick. But Diesel does want to do the movie so it will happen.

  14. I saw the last Fast & Furious movie last night on Netflix. The Mrs. & I thoroughly enjoyed it. Were there plot holes? and cheesy CGI? Sure. The Mrs. had a joking observation that every time there was a plot hole, the next scene features hot girls or girls kissing each other.

    But the plot, characters, acting, & cinematography were enough to carry the film between the chase scenes.

    For check your brain at the door fun, the movies which had Vin Diesel, including Tokyo drift weren’t bad.

    Much rather blow time watching those films than Avatar.

  15. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is one of two characters in Fast Five who has made an appearance in four of the (now) five Fast and Furious franchise films

    I thought he appeared in all the F&F movies. If you are referring to Tokyo Drift, he did appear at the end. I liked all the F&F movies, with Tokyo being the worst of the lot but I did like the drifting in that movie. This one looks great but like everyone else has said, more Riddick please.

    • He wasn’t in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

      • Oh yeah, that’s right! Sorry Mike.

  16. Your smart TJBudz, the illusion of FaceBook allowing us to communicate better, it is actually isolating us from real human interactions.

    Never forget, Facebook was created by people who failed to fit in with the real world… :)

    See the film,,,

    • Yes, because as we all know, Hollywood never exagerrates things. :)

    • Truth be told I prefer the old school way of talking to people. Being right there in front of the person you are talking too. Communication is not just the words used, there is tone of voice, body language etc. You will never have the full understanding of what the other person is saying unless you are actually in front of that person (Listening to that particular person of course).
      @Bob I actually haven’t watched the movie. I’m still kicking myself for not being able to watch a lot of movies the past months, special mention on Tron: Legacy…darn Manila Filmfest :(

  17. Letty lives. You know it.

  18. I have seen all of the Fast and Furious movies, and they are the best films that involve cars. The story lines, the action, the actors are all brilliant. My favourite mmovie has been Fast Five, with the epic battle scene between two of my favourite actors. I was hyperventilating in my seat. I don’t understand how people can say that they didn’t like the films.
    If you ask me – Best Car Film Franchise ever made…’nough said!

  19. I really liked this one!!! This one is easily the best of the series! The action sequences were intense and original(whovever thought of 2 Chargers pulling a bank vault?) but it wasn’t all action, it actually had heart too if ya know what I mean. I’m excited to see how they will revive a dead character!

  20. i have heard stories that, when paul walker asked vin diesel to race one more time at the end of fast five, that you are suppose to wait until the credits are over and then it tells you the winner. I went saturday to see it, and i wanna see it again. best fast and furious yet. hope there will be many many more.

    If michelle rodriguez comes back in fast and furious 6, i wonder what see will do about dom and his new girl?

    • Do u know who is that new girl?

  21. I love all the Fast and Furious films , especially the latest one, its my guilty pleasure.Can’t wait for another one .Have this one on my laptop so always have something to watch whilst on the train

  22. cara eu ja asisti 10 veses o fast five [veloses e furiosos 5]

  23. where did you buy your cross