How Helen Mirren bullied Vin Diesel into landing the Fast & Furious role
Helen Mirren was a huge fan of the Fast and Furious franchise before joining it, but she apparently had to push Vin Diesel a bit to land her role.
Helen Mirren was a huge fan of the Fast and furious franchise before joining her to play Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw, but it apparently took a while for Vin Diesel to bring her in. Mirren first played Queenie in The fate of the furious, where she helped organize a plan to save Dom Toretto’s son from Cipher (Charlize Theron). She has since reprized the role in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and F9: The quick saga.
When Mirren was first announced to join the world of Fast and furious it seemed like a curious decision. She wasn’t exactly the type of actor you typically see in the franchise. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of this distinction, Mirren quickly established itself as a perfect complement to the Fast saga. Queenie even had her own high-speed chase scene in F9, a much better entry into the franchise than the bad one Hobbs and Shaw, and she could play an even bigger role in Fast and Furious 10 and 11.
Despite all of this, Mirren apparently had to playfully intimidate Vin Diesel a bit into adding him to the Fast and furious franchise. In an interview for the director’s cut of F9: The quick saga, Diesel recounted how Mirren first approached him and explained his interest in joining the franchise. However, as the script for The fate of the furious had already been given the green light, he told her he wasn’t sure, only to be greeted with a determined and hilarious response. Read the full Diesel quote below.
“Four years ago Helen Mirren walked up to me and said, ‘I told everyone I wanted to work with you, and I want to be in Fast and Furious. “And I said, ‘Well, we already have this script, and we’re already going into production.’ And she said, ‘You are the producer! Make it together!’ “
In the same featurette, Mirren described Diesel as “one of [her] hero,” and said she had to be “rather daring” to find a place in the franchise. In the end, everything turned out well, and she was a spectacular addition to the world of Fast and furious since. It’s fun to hear the story of how Mirren ended up getting her place on the show and knowing that even the most experienced and respected Hollywood stars have to jump in sometimes to land the roles they want.
It should be exciting to see what kind of hijinks Queenie is going to do next Fast and Furious 10. F9 ends with Han confronting Deckard Shaw – Queenie’s son – for his attempt to assassinate him, but the outcome of this confrontation has not been revealed. Which side will Queenie fall on if Vin’s family again throws the gauntlet at Deckard? Hope the answer will come Fast and furious ten.
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