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The latest Fast & Furious film has our heroes rocket a Pontiac Fiero into outer space. But that was merely the second most impressive feat the film pulled off this weekend. The first was opening to the biggest box office numbers since the pandemic began.

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While the Fast & Furious franchise continues to get faster and more furious with every installment, there are always potential surprises in store for the future. According to Vin Diesel, he'd even be open to a musical version of the high-octane series.The action star joined Kelly Clarkson for an interview on her daytime talk show on Wednesday, and the pair reflected on his youth as a dancer, would-be music artist, and his roots in the theater through his actor father.As it turns out, Diesel also has a past with musical theater as a kid, and still longs to be a part of a big-budget musical in the future. That led Clarkson to ask the question fans likely hadn't thought about but were undoubtedly happy she asked: "What about doing a full-on Fast and Furious musical? Would you be down?""I'm dying to do a musical, so yes I would!" Diesel shared. "I've been dying to do a musical my whole life!""I was this close to doing Guys and Dolls with Steven Spielberg, but we ended up not doing that," Diesel added. Spielberg, however, did go on to make an adaptation of West Side Story, which is set to hit theaters in December 2021.Diesel also reflected on what his dream role and project would be when it came to starring in a musical, sharing, "For the longest time, I thought the Nathan Detroit role in Guys and Dolls would be a very interesting one to revamp, the one that Frank Sinatra played in Guys and Dolls."As it turns out, Diesel's grandmother loved musicals, and it inspired his own appreciation for them as well. Between her passion and his dad's work as a thespian, Diesel said he had a lot of support and love going into the arts for his career."My family is artistic, and I'm blessed to have that and I'm blessed to be in a family that supportive of these crazy dreams," Diesel shared. "I would encourage everyone to support the people who want to think outside the box and dream something impossible, because there's great beauty in that."Meanwhile, the latest, non-musical installment in the car chase and explosion-packed franchise, F9, races into theaters on Friday.Vin Diesel Confirms Cardi B Will Be in 'F10' and Teases the 'Greatest Finale in Cinematic History'This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.RELATED CONTENT:Vin Diesel Says Paul Walker Sent John Cena to Play His Brother in 'F9'Vin Diesel Says He Gave The Rock 'Tough Love' on 'Fast & Furious' SetVin Diesel on Bringing Paul Walker's Daughter Into the 'Fast' Family'The Masked Singer' Reminded Us That Vin Diesel Is a Breakdance Star

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Vin Diesel thinks a lot of his co-star, John Cena. In F9: The Fast Saga, the brother of Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto, is introduced as Jakob and is portrayed by Cena. While the former WWE star now seems like an obvious choice, Diesel admits on Wednesday's episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show that he experienced some "anxiety" about casting the role of his sibling. "Obviously I'm multicultural. You could've cast anybody to be my brother," Diesel notes to host Clarkson. "...For two months before I went into filming, I created a shrine where I could do all the combat training, all the stunts and I had the Charger there to simulate the garage to get into the Dom state of mind."The action star continues, "Now the idea of the brother worked great on paper, but when the time came to cast it, anxiety. Who could you cast to be Dom's brother and 20 years into the game? The audience knows our mythology so much."Enter Cena. "And he comes into the shrine one morning," Diesel recalls. "...And I had this strange feeling that Paul Walker had sent him."Walker portrayed Brian O'Conner for seven Fast & Furious movies, but tragically died in a car accident in 2013. He was 40. Diesel recently told ET's Nischelle Turner that every Fast film going forward will pay tribute to Walker, who he affectionately refers to as Pablo. "That does absolutely have to happen," he said. "I can't envision making a Fast film, continuing this mythology without my brother, Pablo's, soul being the guiding spirit."F9: The Fast Saga hits theaters in the U.S. on Friday.RELATED CONTENT:Vin Diesel on His Son Acting in 'F9' and If We'll Ever See Meadow Walker Join the 'Fast' FranchiseThis video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.Vin Diesel Says He Gave The Rock 'Tough Love' on 'Fast & Furious' SetVin Diesel Says Cardi B Will Be in 'F10'Vin Diesel on His Son Acting in 'F9' and If We'll Ever See Meadow Walker Join the 'Fast' Franchise 

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Vin Diesel is explaining his complicated relationship with his Fast & Furious co-star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.Diesel talks about Johnson in a new interview with Men's Health, after the two made headlines in 2016 due to a reported on-set feud. In 2016, Johnson called a few of his male Fast & Furious co-stars  "candy a**es" and "unprofessional" on Instagram, which fans quickly speculated was about Diesel. A source told ET at the time that 53-year-old Diesel and 49-year-old Johnson definitely clashed on set during filming.The two have since downplayed feud reports, and Diesel now says that giving Johnson "tough love" was his intention for the good of the films."It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character," Diesel says of Johnson's character in the franchise. "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 continues. "We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I'd have to do in order to get performances in anything I'm producing."Diesel is proud of the legacy of the popular Fast & Furious films."It's not uncommon that I'll give a speech on set where I'll say, 'We're making this franchise for people that are no longer with us,' which is very real, and the implications of that are very heavy," he shares. "'But at the same time, we're making the franchise for the people that aren't born yet.' When you have a unique perspective of creating a franchise that spans generations, you realize, okay, we all have to be as brilliant as possible. We have to reach as high as we can. Because it may be more important than just a movie. More important than two hours of escapism. There may be something more at play."OLAV STUBBERUD/Men's HealthAt the Fate of the Furious premiere back in April 2017, both Johnson and Diesel spoke to ET about their rumored feud."Just like, in life, you have different philosophies and people have different fundamental philosophies on how you do things," Johnson noted. "And again, the most important thing is just the movie. So I'm happy that we're here in New York City, I'm happy the fans love it."As for Diesel, he said that at the end of the day, he and Johnson were still close."In my house, he's 'Uncle Dwayne,' and I'm proud of that," he said. "We still love each other, that's my boy. When I was making that difficult decision, should there be a [Fast & Furious] 8 or not, I called [Johnson] and he said, 'Brother, I will be there shoulder to shoulder with you to make sure it's the best movie in history.' And he delivered."RELATED CONTENT:Vin Diesel Confirms Cardi B Will Be in 'F10' and Teases the 'Greatest Finale in Cinematic History'This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.Vin Diesel Says Cardi B Will Be in 'F10'Vin Diesel on Bringing Paul Walker's Daughter Into the 'Fast' Family'The Masked Singer' Reminded Us That Vin Diesel Is a Breakdance Star

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The Fast & Furious franchise is nearing the end of their road -- well, after F9, and then two more films, that is. And director Justin Lin has been tapped to help wrap up the celebrated saga.With F9, which Lin helmed, currently being worked on in post-production, the filmmaker is already gearing up to work on the 10th and 11th installments, which will conclude the core storyline of the franchise, according to multiplereports.Lin is the franchise's go-to filmmaker, having already helmed the third, fourth, fifth, six and now ninth films in the megahit series, which has raked in over $5 billion worldwide.According to Variety, this does not mean that the Fast & Furious universe is coming to a close, just the main storyline saga, following the hot rod racer-turned-international espionage agent Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his "family," made up of his actual family and his close friends.However, spin-offs set in the same universe with shared characters -- such as 2019's Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which starred Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham playing characters that originated in the Fast & Furious franchise, but who went on to have their own adventures.The forthcoming F9 stars franchise stalwarts Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang and Diesel -- as well as recent additions to the franchise, and newcomers, John Cena, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.While F9 was originally slated to premiere earlier this year, its release date was pushed back significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The high-octane action blockbuster is now slated to race into theatres May 28, 2021.The 'Fast & Furious 9' Trailer Is Here -- Watch Now!This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.Embed CodeRestartRELATED CONTENT:Vin Diesel Teases 'Big Surprise' for 'Fast & Furious' Fans (Exclusive)Nathalie Emmanuel on the Importance of Diversity in 'Fast & Furious' (Exclusive)Vin Diesel Reveals Cardi B Has Joined the 'Fast & Furious' Family in New PostEvery Movie Delayed Due to Coronavirus 

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