It’s been sixteen years since the original The Fast and the Furious film hit theaters. This year’s The Fate of the Furious is the eighth film in the series and it’s still making submarine-loads of cash at the box office. But why is that? Series star Tyrese Gibson thinks he has the answer.
In an interview with Collider, Gibson, who plays Roman Pearce in the series, first spoke about the film’s diversity. Here’s what he stated:
“I guess, you know, we had conversations about diversity and even though we pride ourselves on diversity, that’s been our message for 16 years, we didn’t want our diversity to not include more women. You know, we got Jordana, Gal Gadot, Michelle Rodriguez, but we wanted to up the ante as far as female presence. We didn’t just want another girl to be in the movie, ‘Ah, save me.’ We wanted to really have a strong character to come into the franchise, and Charlize was the answer. We hope to keep going in that direction, because we can’t sing diversity and then not diversify as far as more women in the franchise, and more importantly the way women are portrayed.”
Gibson went on to describe what he thinks has helped this franchise endure over the last sixteen years:
“Well, family is a universal language. It’s unrealistic, especially in 2017, to paint this picture that white people are only friends with white people. When you see diversity, it’s a beautiful thing to experience a movie with this much action and adrenaline being served up with such a beautiful cast of all included folks. I think the other thing is people grew up with us, you know? So I wish TV shows like Married With Children were still on TV, or Martin. Those were some of my favorites from back in the day. I never wanted to miss an episode, and I felt like the more years it was on TV, I was able to grow up with it.”
Directed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell and Helen Mirren.
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