The ‘Fast & Furious’ dudes take issue with getting too badly beaten in those films

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The Wall Street Journal did a piece on what the contracts are like for the alpha-bro stars of the Fast and Furious franchise. Hobbs & Shaw is out today, and that’s the spinoff of the F&F series, starring Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. I’ve never really thought about whether their contracts would involve clauses about how many punches their characters could give or receive, perhaps naively believing that the fight sequences were merely worked out with the stunt guys and it was all about whatever the story needed. LMAO. Of course it’s not like that! Of course there are contractual negotiations about whether big tough guys can take a certain number of on-screen punches.

According to producers and crew members on the films, Jason Statham, 51 years old, negotiated an agreement with the studio that limits how badly he can be beaten up on screen. Vin Diesel, 52, has his younger sister, a producer on the films, police the number of punches he takes. And Dwyane Johnson, 47, enlists producers, editors and fight coordinators to help make sure he always gives as good as he gets.

Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Vin Diesel did not appreciate the fact that fellow star Jason Statham appeared to be getting in more blows than he was during one of their their fight scenes — and even went so far as to suggest a numerical system to calculate just how many moves each of them were getting. Head butts, roundhouse kicks, body slams — they’d all be calculated, according to the sources, citing Diesel. Producers reportedly shot the idea down, saying it would be too complicated.

Longtime Fast producer Michael Fottrell confirmed to WSJ that each Fast fight scene is choreographed to make sure each fighter comes out all right. When asked by reporter Erich Schwartzel if vanity plays a role in all of this, he responded “No comment,” then added: “Of course it does!”

[From Page Six, Vanity Fair]

I love that vin Diesel was like “we need a dedicated person to count the number of times I’m hit and count the number of times other people are hit and like do the math!” I guess it’s different when a guy is the sole action star, because it feels like those are the films where the guy wants to be the MOST beat up, the most broken, so he can have some sort of beefy glow-up and eventually save the day. But the F&F franchise is a different beast – they all want to look like they’re kicking ass and taking names all the time. How…boring.

The Special Screening of 'Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw' held at the Curzon Mayfair

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  1. snazzy says:


  2. Doris T says:

    My boyfriend was watching one of the furious movies last night and said “Why doesn’t Vin Diesel ever get beaten up in these movies” now we know why.

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      I have never been desperate enough to watch Vin Diesel. Can he even act? Though I do love me some Dwayne Johnson! I love his movies and he chooses a wide variety of movies. Tooth Fairy, Jumangji, and Get Smart.

  3. Jb says:

    I’ve read that Charlize Theron got hurt pretty badly in two films, the most recent atomic blonde, & had teeth that needed To be repaired. Apparently she took it like a champ (who knows if that’s true) but she would put these macho muscle men to shame.

    • CuriousCole says:

      I immediately thought of Charlize too! I admired her insistence on making sure all the Atomic Blonde fights/injuries were realistic. She also permanently damaged her back while doing her own stunts for Aeon Flux. She is leagues above the fragility of Statham and Vin Diesel.

  4. nb says:

    I was visiting with my parents a few weeks ago and the first one was on TV. We were having fun making fun of it and how unbelievable it is (the plot, the fights, just…everything!) But holy nostalgia, as it was one of the first movies I saw with my high school boyfriend! I honestly can’t believe the franchise is still going after all these years.

  5. Nievie says:

    I kind of wish they’d stopped the franchise after the death of Paul Walker.

    • Yes Doubtful says:

      I agree, his last movie was the perfect ending with Letty coming back and Paul’s character leaving behind that life for his family.

  6. Jenn says:

    “we need a dedicated person to count the number of times I’m hit and count the number of times other people are hit and like do the math!”

    Yes!!!!! Literally, a dungeonmaster. Vin Diesel loves D&D (true story), and now the entire cast has hit points