Obviously Vin Diesel didn’t learn anything from the last time he tried to smash the Fast & Furious franchise together with the Oscars. A smashing that just doesn’t fit. If the Oscars and Fast & Furious were a couple, they’d be on the next episode of Maury.
But still, the actor pushed hard for Furious 7 in 2015. He told reporters that he believed it deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, which is a pretty insane thing to say. I mean, it was his baby and it was a tribute to the late Paul Walker, but it was still your typical summer blockbuster.
And now, six months before Fast 8 is released, Diesel is saying similar things, even though we all know it can’t compete with Furious 7. While speaking with ET Online, Diesel said that director F. Gary Gray went in making this film with a chip on his shoulder after failing to receive any Oscar recognition for Straight Outta Compton.
“I think he went into making this movie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, going ‘Oh, really? Ok. Now I’m going to take the biggest saga in the world, and I’m about to throw Oscars at you.’ Wait till you see what he does!”
Don’t get us wrong, Gray is an extremely talented director, but at the end of the day, we’re talking about the Fast & Furious franchise here. There is only so much you can do with that. The only way it’ll work is if Diesel’s character accidentally runs over a kid in a wheelchair during a street race, and then spends the rest of the movie helping him recover while falling in love with the kid’s mother.
That’s the only way. And hey, it might happen. Diesel does mention how dark this movie will be…
“Fast 8 is different. It’s very dark. My character is conflicted in a way that is really going to shock you. He’s coming off of a lot of emotion from 7 and the loss that 7 represents.”
Fast 8 will hit theaters April 14, 2017.