July 14, 2014

‘Fast & Furious 7’ May Be Dwayne Johnson’s Last

There’s little doubt Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson saved the Fast & Furious franchise. The box office more than doubled since he joined as Marshall Luke Hobbs, on the trail of racing bandits Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

But he hints that the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 (due out on April 3, 2015) might be the right one with which to end his participation in the series.

Following Walker’s death in a car crash in November, the movie was finished using his brothers Cody and Caleb as body doubles, CGI and previous footage of the actor’s uncompleted scenes. Production was completed last week, and the cast and filmmakers collaborated on a Paul Walker tribute video that’s been posted on YouTube.

There was also a touching tribute to the star added to the film’s Facebook page and tweets of remembrance from co-stars Tyrese and Michelle Rodriguez.

But when asked whether he’ll be back for Fast & Furious 8, Johnson was non-committal. “I don’t know,” he said when the question was put to him directly.

In one of his last interviews, Walker told Collider that Fast VIII, IX and X were a distinct possibility.

In Toronto to promote his upcoming star turn in Paramount’s big-budget Hercules (opening July 25), Johnson reflected on the upcoming sequel.

“I was very happy with the way (Fast & Furious 7) was completed. I think Paul would have wanted that. In fact, I know Paul would have wanted that. When something like that happens, it’s a harsh reminder of how fortunate we are, and it makes you hug your loved ones harder.

“I think this instalment is going to be a special one – for a lot of reasons, but especially in the wake of Paul’s death.

“So, the reason I say, ‘I don’t know,’ is because you don’t want to think too far into the future. But especially, I think because this is the last one with Paul, it would be a good way to go out. It feels good.”

The franchise, he says, “has a lot of moving elements with a big cast that’s a group and a family. In some ways, I was a regular visitor. The character I played allowed me to go in and get the job done, hunt people down and step out,” he says with a chuckle.

“But I’ve had a good run in what we’ve been able to create with the character of Hobbs. It’s been fantastic. And I’ve got to tell you this, one of the coolest things to experience as an actor with a big franchise is when you test the movie to an audience and you wonder how the audience is going to respond to your character.

“Hobbs was a new character in Fast 5. And he was the highest-testing character. And he was the highest-testing character in Fast 6. People really responded. And I hope they respond to Fast 7. I feel good about it.”


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