Vin Diesel takes total control to ensure Fast & Furious ‘Fast X’ isn’t ‘too European’ and stays true to its roots

VIN Diesel has taken complete control of the new Fast & Furious movie to ensure it isn’t “too European” and that the franchise stays true to its muscle car roots, an insider told The US Sun.

Action hero Vin, 55, and the rest of the team are gearing up for a highly ambitious marketing campaign for Fast X ahead of its May release.

Vin Diesel can be seen in an image from Fast & Furious 4 from 2009


Vin Diesel can be seen in an image from Fast & Furious 4 from 2009Photo credit: Rex
Vin Diesel appeared in a scene on Fast Five in 2011 with the late actor Paul Walker


Vin Diesel appeared in a scene on Fast Five in 2011 with the late actor Paul WalkerCredit: Alamy

With newcomers Brie Larson and Jason Momoa set to star alongside Vin, the film promises to be the most expensive installment in the hugely successful franchise since it began over 20 years ago.

Pressure to deliver another hit led to the departure of longtime Fast & Furious director Justin Lin after a “big disagreement” between him and Vin at the time.

Lin was replaced at the helm by Frenchman Louis Leterrier, whose previous work includes the Jason Statham vehicle The Transporter and Edward Norton’s role as The Incredible Hulk in 2008.

But a well-placed Hollywood source told The US Sun that although Leterrier, 49, directed the new Fast movie, Universal studio executives were more than happy to treat him as Vin’s baby.

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The insider said, “These are Vin’s films and he makes a lot of the big decisions that in other franchises the actual director would make.

“People forget that Vin tried his hand at directing early in his career and has really nailed it.

“He makes sure Louis doesn’t make the film ‘too European’ and keeps everything connected to the franchise’s muscle car and action roots.

“Vin has the studio’s full support on this – as long as these films continue to make money.”

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California-born Vin – real name Mark Sinclair – began his career in 1995 writing, directing, producing and performing the short film Multi-Facial.

The short film, for which Vin even wrote the score, is said to have caught the eye of Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, who later cast Vin in his World War II epic Saving Private Ryan.

In 1997, Vin continued Multi-Facial with his first feature film, Strays, which he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in.

Despite garnering numerous major hits with XXX and The Chronicles of Riddick, he has been best known for his portrayal of Fast & Furious lead character Dominic Toretto since the first film was released in 2001.

The franchise is the largest in Universal history and has grossed over $6 billion at the box office.

When Lin was replaced as director in April last year, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Fast X’s budget “topped the $300 million mark.”

That was without the marketing and advertising expenses, which will include a trailer at the February 12 Super Bowl.


The US Sun source explained that due to the way the Fast & Furious movies are being made, preparations for the film’s commercialization will go to the last detail.

The insider revealed that one of the series’ quiet innovations so far has been crashing as few cars as possible while staging and filming the intricate action scenes.

Instead, the makers of Fast & Furious rely on computer effects to preserve the vehicles used.

The source said: “Tom Cruise’s last couple of Mission: Impossible films have a deal with BMW, which is supplying an almost unlimited number of vehicles to the production so Tom can drive in car chases and really fuck them up with minimal financial consequences.” .

“Now this technique has enabled Tom to get things like a trailer for Mission: Impossible 7 into theaters more than a year ahead of the film’s release.

“Vin does things very differently because he personally hates it when these beautiful cars keep getting destroyed, and the show has long relied primarily on CGI effects for its greatest moments of automotive destruction.

“It puts pressure on marketing and it puts things like trailers and TV spots like what they’re planning for the Super Bowl on point.”

“Every time you see a finished clip from this film, it’s fresh out of the oven and they’re going to be working on all those effects right up to the very last minute.”

Fast X premieres on May 19th


Fast X premieres on May 19thPhoto credit: Universal Pictures
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Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies “rely on a completely different technique for car scenes than the Fast & Furious movies,” an inside source told The US SunPhoto credit: AFP Vin Diesel takes total control to ensure Fast & Furious ‘Fast X’ isn’t ‘too European’ and stays true to its roots


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