Hobbs & Shaw has received the parody treatment, courtesy of James Corden and Josh Gad. The titular characters originated within the Fast & Furious franchise, with Dwayne Johnson debuting in 2011's Fast Five. Jason Statham, meanwhile, first made a cameo appearance in Fast & Furious 6 before featuring more prominently in Furious 7 as the film's primary antagonist. Hobbs & Shaw marked the franchise's first direct spinoff and a potential launchpad for more.
The film saw Luke Hobbs (Johnson), a government agent, forced to team-up with criminal and former antagonist Deckard Shaw (Statham) in order to halt the machinations of a superpowered villain named Brixton, played by Idris Elba. The film also starred Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) as Shaw's MI6 agent sister, Hattie, and featured a wealth of surprise cameos. Despite being generally well-received, Hobbs & Shaw marked the franchise's lowest box office opening since 2009. Regardless, it topped the box office in its opening weekend and held strong in its second.
The film's slow start at the box office hasn't stopped it being an inspiration for parodies, either. The latest came via The Late Late Show, featuring the show's host, Corden, taking on the role of Hobbs. He was joined by Gad, who assumed the part of Shaw. Complete with the customary tattoos and bald heads, the duo can be seen looking to make a quick getaway. Unfortunately, their getaway sports car - which has become a staple of the wider franchise - proved trickier to utilize than expected. The brief, hilarious clip was posted to Twitter and can be seen below:
Johnson has yet to reply with pointers for the pair. This isn't Corden's first foray into parody. He was turned into Shazam! earlier in the year. The host was also seen as Bustopher Jones in the first trailer for Cats and has a number of other projects in the works - including a part in Ryan Murphy's Netflix movie, The Prom. Gad, meanwhile, can be heard in Angry Birds 2 and currently working on Frozen 2. He will also appear on-screen in Disney's adaptation of Artemis Fowl next year.
Unless the actor formerly known as The Rock does decide to take them under his wing, a move into the territory of action-star is most likely not on the cards. Still, the pair haven't lost their individual comedic touches. Equally, they also seem to make quite a hilarious duo. As such, who knows? They may still one day work together on the big screen in a movie akin to Key & Peele's Keanu or the recent Kumail Nanjiani outing, Stuber. And if not, there's always the potential for more parody team-ups. In the meantime, the work of Hobbs & Shaw is clearly best left to the professionals.
Source: The Late Late Show/Twitter
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