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By Sierra Marquina
There’s no stopping Vin Diesel or the Fast & Furious franchise.
The actor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about his brand new flick, as well as his son and that comment he made in Men’s Fitness about body image.
Vin shares that the film franchise “has blossomed into something bigger than we even imagined in the beginning … If you think of Fast & Furious as two trilogies, this would be the conclusion of the second trilogy.”
And after leaving us in the last movie thinking that his love interest Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) was dead, Vin explains: “When we did Fast & Furious 4, it was a re-teaming of the band and getting everyone back … all the core cast. [Michelle] wanted to do the movie, but she didn’t want her character to die. So if you look at the fourth film … you’ll see that we told the story without confirming she was dead.”
So will we see another trilogy? “Thank god, Universal is making this saga with some long-lead sights where they’re planning what happens over multiple pictures, as opposed to what happened in the first trilogy where it was fragmented and the stories weren’t connected. The whole fun of this now is the studio has owned it like a saga.”
And aside from racing and working it out in the action-packed flick, the actor’s also taken up a hobby of singing — and his biggest fans are his kids. Vin says that his cover of Rihanna‘s “Stay,” which went viral earlier this year, is their “favorite song.”
And the touching version has even more of a special meaning now. “I had to take my 2-year-old son to the emergency room because was trying to jump and bit down [on] his tooth. We get to the hospital and he sits down on the bed and they’re tyring to hold him down to calm him and they can’t calm him and he asked me to play that video for him. I almost cried. My 2-year-old son at the moment he needed to feel the most calm … he asks me to play Daddy’s video for him.”
And of course we had to ask about the comment he made to Men’s Fitness about how Hollywood is harder on men than woman when it comes to their physique.
So what did the buff star mean? “It prompts an interesting topic,” he said. “I had never even thought about this, but are male actors supposed to do a certain something nowadays? Are they expected to be in incredible shape? Does the public want their male actor to be in the gym 24 hours a day or do whatever they have to do?”
Vin adds although he feels the pressure for certain characters, “I think there is a perception of what some of these action heroes are supposed to look.”
Still, he also appreciates being less in shape. ”But if I’m doing a different kind of movie, like a courtroom drama and look out-of-shape … that’s equally as fun for me.”
Listen to the full interview below and catch Fast & Furious 6 out in theaters on Friday!
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