In the early 1980s, William Goldman spent a considerable portion of his beloved screenwriting book Adventures in the Screen Trade writing about how important it was in that era to protect a movie star’s image and cushion their egos, giving them the best lines and making sure they always seem like the heroes.
More than three decades later, the film industry has changed in ways Goldman probably never thought possible – but there’s one thing that remains the same.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal goes behind the scenes of the Fast and Furious franchise and examines the demands and behaviors of its male leads – specifically Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham – and the lengths they’ll go to in order to avoid looking weak on screen.
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Han Seoul-Oh, the constantly snacking, effortlessly cool Fast and Furious character played by Sung Kang, was killed on screen by Jason Statham‘s Deckard Shaw, a character who has since ingratiated himself into Dominic Toretto’s “family” even after murdering one of its best members. That sparked the #JusticeForHan movement, something that franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan is very aware of.
“You should know, in terms of Justice For Han, nobody feels that more than us,” Morgan told me in a recent phone interview promoting this week’s spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw. Our full interview will be published soon, but below, you can find out how this film addresses that death and what Morgan is planning for Deckard Shaw’s arc going forward.
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is coming to theaters this week (read our review here), so it’s time to rev up a new ranking of the entire Fast franchise that includes the new spin-off. So peel out, hit your NOS button, defy some physics, and read on to learn the definitive, inarguable order of these ridiculous but lovable #family films. Read More »
The Fast and Furious franchise has come a long way from the days of street racing and NOS. The first film spawned seven sequels, with more on the way, and now a spin-off centering around two fan-favorite supporting characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is here. But as the Fast and Furious franchise moves forward, Hobbs & Shaw speeds away from it as far as possible.
Hobbs & Shaw, which stars Johnson as federal agent Luke Hobbs and Statham as former mercenary Deckard Shaw, could barely be called a Fast and Furious film, if not for the “Fast and Furious Presents” crammed in tiny lettering at the beginning of the title. The spin-off film is nigh unrecognizable from the gritty low-level crime days of early Fast and Furious, and indeed, even the high-stakes heists of the more recent films. Cars almost seem an afterthought, taking second place to the spy thriller meets buddy-comedy of Hobbs & Shaw. The film plays like Mission: Impossible meets GI Joe meets a bro-ier James Bond. There’s even a little of Mad Max in there, and some visual language pulled straight from rom-coms. It’s a superhero movie tailored perfectly around its larger-than-life stars, who are performing exaggerated versions of themselves — Dwayne Johnson as The Rock, and Jason Statham as every Jason Statham character. What it is, is everything but a Fast and Furious movie.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, catch up on the entire Fast and Furious franchise before Hobbs & Shaw rolls into theaters later this week. Plus, Stranger Things creators Matt & Ross Duffer break down the biggest moments from the Netflix series, and popular YouTube channel TheOdd1IsOut take an amusing look at movie sequels over the years. Read More »
Peanut butter and jelly. Coffee and donuts. Hobbs and Shaw. Some things just go well together. The new Fast and Furious spin-off gives Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham a chance to crack wise, kick-ass, and launch their own franchise in the process. Will the movie be any good? We’ll have to wait and see, but no matter what, it’ll probably be a hit. A new Hobbs and Shaw clip has found its way online, and it shows Hobbs and Shaw driving a truck and doing battle with Idris Elba. Watch it below.
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The end of summer needs a little energy. Thankfully, Fast and Furious is doing us the favor of presenting us with the blockbuster treasure that is Hobbs and Shaw. The action franchise spin-off will bring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham back together as their characters from the Fast films are reluctantly forced to work together. But even though Hobbs and Shaw may not like working with each other, Johnson and Statham love it, and that’s especially true when director David Leitch is in charge.
See them all enjoying their jobs in a batch of Hobbs and Shaw featurettes below, and discover the one joke Idris Elba thought was a little too on the nose to make it into the movie. Read More »
The early Hobbs and Shaw box office tracking predictions are in, and it turns out Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) don’t seem to have quite the same appeal without the rest of the Fast and Furious #family. The first spin-off in the Fast franchise is currently on track to pull in between $55-65 million domestically during its opening weekend – a far cry from The Fate of the Furious, which peeled out and raced past $98 million in its opening back in 2017. Read More »
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If the last trailer for Hobbs and Shaw wasn’t enough to convince you to check out this blockbuster madness in theaters, then we don’t know what to tell you. That positively insane and silly trailer is one of the best pieces of entertainment of the year. But for everyone else out there who isn’t sure they need a movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in their life, a new Hobbs and Shaw trailer has been released. Is it just as wild as the last one? You’ll just have to watch to find out. Read More »
After nearly two decades of dealing with producer Neal Moritz on the Fast and Furious franchise, Universal Pictures has apparently had enough with their contentious relationship. The studio has dropped Moritz as a producer on the upcoming Hobbs & Shaw spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and they’re also keeping him from working on an other Fast and Furious movies that may come in the future, including Fast and Furious 9, which starts shooting in a few weeks. So what happened? Read More »