Actor Vin Diesel who stars in the latest action film franchise Fast and the Furious 7, thinks the movie is worthy of recognition at the Academy Awards in 2016.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” Diesel said in an interview.
The actor claimed that no other movie made this year will match the power of Furious 7, which also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker.
Actor Vin Diesel admitted he struggles to watch the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise following his co-star Paul Walker’s death. Paul was killed in a car crash on November 2013 when the Porsche he was travelling in as a passenger hit a tree and caught fire.
Diesel admitted he can’t help feeling sad when he watches the films and sees Walker.
TV show host Jimmy Kimmell played a clip of the pair in Furious 7 as Diesel began his interview on Tuesday night.
“When you watch the movie do you feel sad? You can’t help about think of his untimely demise,” Jimmy says to the actor, who nods his head and says: “Yeah.”
Diesel and Walker starred in all seven films of the franchise together, and formed a close friendship.
The star went on to talk about his new movie.
“We dropped cars out of planes. It was crazy, We had guys that had to drop out of parachutes to film some scenes. And filming cars going from building to building in Abu Dhabi was just amazing,” Diesel said.
‘Furious 7′ breaks records with $143.6 mn debut
The “Furious 7″ action-thriller has raced to the top of the domestic box office in the US, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend. Blowing away the record of $95 million by “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, the film stands as the highest-grossing opening for any of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“Furious 7″ also ranks ninth among the top 10 openings in history, reports variety.com.
Much as “The Dark Knight” turned into a memorial for Heath Ledger, audiences flocked to see star Paul Walker in one of his final roles.
Walker died in a 2013 car crash at the age of 40, and his work on the film was completed using digital technology and a series of stand-ins.
“This is a bittersweet installment in the franchise (Walker’s) passing made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn’t seen some of the installments.
It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
Internationally, “Furious 7″ was screened across 10,500 screens in 63 territories, earning $240.4 million.
The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Indian actor Ali Fazal.
Fans all over the world are sending out a lot of praise for the Fast 7 team. Critics have said that the film is only doing so well because of the tragedy that took place when Paul Walker passed away. However, the quality and the action in the film speak for itself. Anybody who has seen the fill will know that all such critics are wrong.
The Fast and Furious Franchise is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. With staggering sales around the world, there is no doubt that people will remember the action packed films in the future along with renowned franchises like Indian Jones and James Bond. What started out as a street racing film has become the talk of the world.