Fast X stars Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel talk up the long-standing friendship they’ve developed while filming the Fast & Furious movies.
After filming five installments of the Fast & Furious franchise together, Fast X stars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson have developed a deep bond of friendship.
Diesel posted a picture of himself and the singer-turned-actor on Instagram as they hung out at a beach in Turks and Caicos, saying it was “surreal” how their relationship blossomed from their first interaction together in 2010 when they shot Fast Five. The following day, Gibson uploaded his own images, revealing he took Diesel and former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed to the island to visit his late mother’s final resting place. Gibson called Diesel “a shoulder to lean on” while claiming that Fast X would “shift cultures” upon release.
Gibson also took time in his post to hail the late Paul Walker, who starred as Brian O’Conner for all but one of the Fast & Furious films up until his final appearance in Furious 7. He remembered his friend, saying Walker “danced with us under the moonlight in Turks.” Walker died in a single-car crash in November 2013 while traveling as a passenger from his charity event in Santa Clarita, CA. Furious 7 was in the middle of production at the time of his death.
The Changing Cast of the Fast and Furious Films
Both Diesel and Gibson have been mainstays of the Fast & Furious movie series since its inception. Gibson, who plays Roman “Rome” Pearce in the franchise, first debuted in 2002’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, where he starred alongside Walker. Diesel didn’t feature in the Fast & Furious sequel, reportedly turning down as much as $25 million to reprise his role as Dominic Toretto due to his displeasure with the script. Fast Five marked Gibson’s second feature in the series and first alongside Diesel after the Baby Boy actor didn’t appear in The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious.
Fast X, which will be the penultimate entry in the Fast & Furious film franchise, sees Diesel and Gibson return alongside various casting regulars such as Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Sung Kang (Han Lue), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Taj) and Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw). The movie also features Suicide Squad actor John Cena playing Dominic Toretto’s brother, Jakob, and Avengers: Endgame star and newcomer Brie Larson. Oscar-winning actors Charlize Theron (Cipher) and Helen Mirren (Queenie) will also return to the franchise. Aquaman star Jason Momoa is the standout new addition to the film series as he plays the androgynous villainous Dante, an adversary of Dom who works alongside Cipher.
Diesel and Gibson will be hoping Fast X becomes a box-office smash considering the movie boasts a production budget of $340 million, making it the fifth-most expensive film ever made. The movie is directed by The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans helmer Louis Leterrier, who took over from Justin Lin after the latter exited the project due to a major fallout with Diesel.
Fast X opens in theaters on May 15.