Vin Diesel Was Furious About a Secret Scene Shot For FATE OF THE FURIOUS and it Was Cut From the Film
The Fate of the Furious was released in theaters today and if you're a fan of the franchise, it's definitely a chapter of the franchise that you don't want to miss. This movie is an insanely fun time! In case you missed it, you can watch our video review for the film here.
According to The Wrap, there was a scene shot for the film without Vin Diesel knowing that involved a spinoff film that would revolve around Dwayne Johnson's Hobbes and Jason Statham‘s character, Deckard. The two are forced to work together in the film and they end up having a lot of great scenes together.
According to the report, the "tag" scene was included in early screenings from the film and it was supposed to set up the Hobbes and Deckard spinoff film. So how did all of this go down?
Producer Neal Moritz reportedly greenlit without Diesel’s knowledge. Diesel's sister Samantha Vincent, who is an executive producer on the movie, found out about the scene told Diesel and according to insiders, "he became enraged."
Diesel called the studio in a furious mood to "explosively air his grievances" so the studio had all the theatrical prints recalled and ended up cutting the scene.
Another insider put it more diplomatically, saying that the sequence was initially shot as bonus content for home entertainment release. When studio executives and filmmakers reviewed the sequence that included Johnson and Statham, they “loved it,” but ultimately decided not to include it in the theatrical release because “the sequence would make for a better opportunity somewhere else,” the insider said.
This is some interesting Hollywood drama! As you know Johnson expressed his frustrations about some behind the scenes drama last year saying:
"Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s— to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right."
There were obviously some crazy things going on during the production of the film. I think it's interesting that they shot this extra footage and no one thought Diesel would notice? Weird. Anyway, I think a Hobbes and Deckard spinoff film would be awesome! If the studio ends up making it, I'll show up to watch it. This is just a crazy action-packed franchise that's fun to watch.