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Fast and Furious 9: Vin Diesel addresses Dwayne Johnson feud over 'tough love'

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This week Fast and Furious 9 hits cinemas to begin the next step of the Fast Saga. The film is the first entry in three films that has not included Luke Hobbs actor Johnson, who previously had a reported feud with executive producer and star of the film, Vin Diesel. The Dominic Toretto actor has now opened up about bringing Johnson on board in 2011 Fast Five, and how he got the best out of the wrestling star. Diesel confessed: “It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character.”

Diesel continued: “My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be.

“As a producer to say: Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know.

“Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work.”

He went on to add, again, that he had to give a lot of “tough love” on set and added: “I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.”

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Fast and Furious 9: Vin Diesel spoke out about his reported feud with Dwayne Johnson (Image: UNIVERSAL)

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Fast and Furious 9: Vin Diesel explained he used ‘tough love’ (Image: UNIVERSAL)

The feud reportedly began in 2016 when The Rock wrote on his Instagram account: “Some [male co-stars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy a***s.”

He later wrote a lengthy “thank you” post on his account, naming most of the Fast and Furious crew.

Diesel, who was involved in almost every aspect of the Fast and Furious movie, was notably absent from Johnson’s list.

Fast forward to 2017 and Diesel addressed the feud by claiming it had all calmed down.

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Fast and Furious 9: Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel later rectified their differences (Image: UNIVERSAL)

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Diesel said: “I don’t think the world really realises how close we are, in a weird way.

“I think some things may be blown out of proportion. I don’t think that was his intention. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.”

Fast and Furious 9 did not include Johnson’s character, Hobbs, but he is due to receive a sequel to his spin-off movie, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, in the coming years.

Director of the Fast and Furious franchise Justin Lin has teased a return for Hobbs in the mainline series, however.

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Speaking to the ReelBlend podcast, Lin said: “So many of the conversations I have is about characters that are not even in there but are still, obviously, they are living and breathing in this universe.

“On this one, when I came back, I was thinking a lot about Hobbs and Shaw, and all of the other characters.”

The director added: “I never think of them as being gone, for sure.”

Hobbs would not be the only character who made a triumphant return to the series after disappearing for some time.

Fast and Furious 9 reintroduced Han (Sung Kang) for the first time since his death in Tokyo Drift, and his second death in Fast and Furious 7.

Speaking out about his return, Kang said he kept the reveal “very close to his chest,” adding: “I actually haven’t even told my wife.”

He added: “I think if it wasn’t Justin, I would be very concerned and apprehensive. But Justin and I, we developed the character together. He understands that character as much as I do.”

Fast and Furious 9 hits cinemas tomorrow.


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Vin Diesel details plans to wrap 'Fast and Furious' movie franchise

“I know people are going to feel like it doesn’t have to end, but I think all good things should,” Diesel said about plans to conclude the ‘Fast and Furious’ saga.

Vin Diesel made a mark as the street racer patriarch in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but the storyline starring his longstanding character will soon come to an end.

Diesel said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that the “Fast and Furious” saga will conclude after two more films following the upcoming ninth installment, “F9,” which releases in theaters June 25. He said Universal Pictures wants to close out the saga in two parts.

The actor said the final two films could potentially release in 2023 then 2024.

“Every story deserves its own ending,” said Diesel during a press junket for “F9” when asked about the franchise’s future. Despite the end of the saga, he said the “Fast and Furious” cinematic universe will continue on.

When Diesel told his daughter about the franchise’s conclusion, the actor said she began shedding tears.

“I know people are going to feel like it doesn’t have to end, but I think all good things should,” he said. “There are reasons for a finale. I think this franchise has deserved it.”

Diesel has starred as Dominic Toretto since the franchise’s inaugural film “The Fast and Furious” in 2001. The movies have become big earners at the domestic and international box office, with the past two films each making more than $ 1 billion.

Along with Diesel, the action films have featured several others including Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, rapper Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham and the late Paul Walker. In 2019, Johnson and Statham starred in the franchise’s first spin-off film “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which claimed the No. 1 spot and earned $ 180.8 million in its worldwide debut.

Last year, Universal pushed back the release of “F9” due to the coronavirus outbreak. The new film not only brings back a fan favorite — Sung Kang’s Han — along with new additions including John Cena, but the story will also literally send a car into space. It’s expected to be one of the season’s biggest hits.

Director Justin Lin said the idea of finishing the saga came during a conversation with Diesel, who has played the leading role in eight “Fast and Furious” films.

“We got together and Vin says ’I think we should think about closing up the saga now,’” said Lin, who has directed five of the franchise’s films. He will direct the final two installments.

“Nine is kind of the first film of the final chapter,” the director said. “We’re kind of reconfiguring everything, so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters.”

Diesel said the franchise has come a long way, but he finally sees a finish line.

“This franchise was born from the pavement, from the concrete,” he said. “The world just championed this underdog to a place where it has already surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest.”

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Petrol and diesel drivers to be affected by major new fuel station changes within years

Experts warn some petrol stations are likely to be “completely taken over” for electric charging in key areas such as city centres. The updates would see petrol and diesel pumps become an “ancillary service” to electric pumps as more drivers make the switch to greener transport.
Companies are likely to begin making small changes to fit more electric charging stations in forecourts over the coming years.

However, the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban could signal major changes for road infrastructure which could have massive consequences for owners of traditional models.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging said petrol and diesel pumps would still be available but this would be a reduced service to cover the small segment” who hadn’t switched t0 electric vehicles.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Today if you visit a site where there are maybe 12 petrol and diesel pumps and there are a few ancillary services around the site.

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“Whilst you’ll see certain sites being completely taken over for electric vehicle charging, I’m sure there will always be an ancillary service of petrol and diesel going forwards.

“The electrical infrastructure has to be legally a certain distance away from that fuel infrastructure anyway.”

Some companies have already started making changes with Shell promising to expand their Recharge service over the next decade.

The service currently boasts 100 rapid charging plugs with this expected to double by the end of 2021.

Shell says there are plans to increase the network to 5,000 plush on forecourts by 2025 with more locations also planned.

The Government has also made commitments to the cause with plans to have around 12,.500 high powered charge points across England’s motorways and A roads by 2030.

By 2035, this is expected to more than double to 6,000 high powered chargepoints across major routes.

Mr Osprey added it was likely drivers would see “two different tyres” of petrol station emerging as more focus is given to electric vehicles.

He told Express.co.uk: “What you will see in the next decade is the services co-locating.

“There will definitely be two different types [of petrol station] because there will be two different types of designs.

“The sites that already have the infrastructure for petrol and diesel will I’m sure continue to do that.

“Shell are already installing their first electric-only fuel court.

“I think there will be new build sites which are just electric and there will be some sites which are so important they simply just have to transition the whole site over to electric.

“Especially in city centres where the petrol and diesel cars won’t be allowed to drive anywhere.

“In the rural areas where there are naturally more petrol and diesel vehicles there will still be customer demand to [offer fuel].”

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Fast and Furious 9 Vin Diesel: 'Dominic Toretto's origin story will blow your mind'

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Later this year Dominic Toretto continues his Fast and Furious legacy with the ninth film in the series. The trailer for the movie has already teased a lot of unbelievable car stunts, but Dom star Diesel has revealed it will also focus on the backstory of his character a lot more.

Diesel recently noted there is a lot fans of the series don’t know about Dom.

During the debut episode of the official Fast and Furious podcast, EW’s BINGE: The Fast Saga, Diesel revealed how the story will focus on Dom’s backstory.

He said: “The whole world has this excitement about this movie coming out, but for those who have been with the franchise, it’s even more special.

“Because if you can remember the first movie, you are now going to go before the first movie and understand the first movie even more. That’s cool. I’m a D&D head, so that’s like origin stuff.”

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Some of this information has already been teased in the trailer for the film.

In the latest clips Dom’s brother, Jakob Toretto (John Cena), made an appearance.

Previously, there had been no mention of the character, signifying that the pair may have hit a rough period in their relationship.

Diesel continued: “So to see family members you never thought you would have seen, it’s gonna kind of blow your mind.”

Diesel said on the podcast: “Just wait for [Fast and Furious] 10.

“Let’s just say, the fact that you guys know that the studio is saying we can’t cover all this ground that needs to be covered in just one movie, you can only imagine what is to come.”

He also recently spoke candidly about finding Cena for the role of his on-screen brother and credited his late co-star Paul Walker as the reason for hiring the former wrestler.

Diesel said in a press conference: “I remember once we started getting closer to production, [director] Justin [Lin] and I would talk about how harrowing it would be to actually cast a new Toretto, the brother of Toretto.”

Diesel continued: “There’s so many different directions you could go. And I remember John Cena coming into this Dom Shrine that I had where I would kind of go to meditate and train and start getting into that Dom state of mind.

“And I remember John coming in and… call this crazy, but I remember feeling as though Pablo, Paul Walker, had sent him in. I remember talking to Justin that night and saying: ‘My gut and my heart feels like this was meant to be.’”

Fast and Furious 9 was originally supposed to come out last year but the coronavirus pandemic prompted distributors Universal Pictures to push it back to July.

In the interim, however, further Fast and Furious movies were announced.

Fast and Furious 9 is due for release in the UK on July 8, 2021.


Car tax changes: Petrol and diesel owners to 'bear the brunt' of costs increase

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Price differences between the polluting and cleaner engines were already massive with drivers paying thousands of pounds more to own a vehicle with a combustion engine.

Sepi Arani, Commercial Lead at Carwow said owners of an internal combustion Range Rover could pay more than £2,150 more than a similar model with a hybrid engine.

He said: “The purchase tax changes coming into force… only spare fully electric cars from any increase, with Hybrids facing a rise in tax alongside petrol and diesel vehicles.

“Those used to buying a car on the pricier side or perhaps a car that is less efficient will be the ones to bear the brunt of this purchase tax.

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Car tax changes: Petrol, diesel and electric owners affected by new tax rise this April

For those who pay 20 percent income tax, the new one percent charge would only see drivers charged an extra £59.58 per year.

However, those who pay 45 percent income tax will be paying up to £134.06 per year under the new scheme.

Ms Howarth added drivers had been making savings of over £10,000 by using salary sacrifice schemes.

She said demand for the schemes had “skyrocketed” last year as businesses looked for extra incentives for staff.

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