Stars Give Shout Outs to the Fans at London Premiere of ‘Fast and Furious 6′
Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
London's Piccadilly Circus was closed down Tuesday morning to make way for the world premiere of "Fast and Furious Six," the latest installment in the high-octane action franchise that began in 2001. As the stars walked the carpet (not red, but racing blue), the two themes that kept popping up: twelve years after the first "Fast and the Furious," the team has become a lot like a family, and this movie is going to blow its five precursors out of the water.
The event was as splashy as the movie, complete with custom cars, sexy dancers, a live DJ, and most of the stars of the picture on hand to talk up the movie and work the crowd of fans waiting for a glimpse of the cast.
As Vin Diesel took to the podium, he turned to the crowd and lustily shouted, "We made the movie for all of you! YEAH!" As the fans roared their approval, Diesel said he related to his character because they’re both family men. "As a big brother and a guy who loves family, we have a lot of similarities," Diesel said. "I take care of my family just like Dom takes care of his."
And what can fans expect from the picture? Diesel went back into shout mode and said, "They're gonna get the best 'Fast and Furious' they've ever seen. They're gonna get the final answer to all six films. They’re gonna get FIRE!"
Diesel's co-star Paul Walker, who returns as Brian, didn’t use the word family as he talked about the picture, but he could just as well have. "I've been dealing with a lot of people now who mean a lot to me," Walker said while looking back on the series so far. "We've been sharing a good chunk of our life making this franchise, and to have the fans like this, who've been supporting us as long as they have, that's what makes it possible again and again."
And while most of the actors were mindful about not dropping spoilers, Walker did reveal one serious hint about what to expect from the movie. "One question I've gotten for years and years now, is 'How does Three [2006's 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift'] tie into the franchise?' That's been a big question mark and it’s one even I haven't been able to answer. In this one, you get to see it. The whole thing ties in. For all of you wondering, that's what you're gonna have here."
Jordana Brewster, who is back as Mia, touched on family as she discussed her character's maternal side. " My favorite scene [in the movie] was the first scene that Paul and I had with our baby, our little baby Jack," Brewster said. "That just brought a whole new element to 'Fast and Furious,' sort of continuing the generations, and that was lovely."
When Brewster was asked if there would be more "Fast and Furious," she replied, " It all depends on the fans. If the fans want us back, we'll come back." Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, who plays Tej, was less subtle on this issue. "I can let the cat out of the bag – we're already making a 'Fast 7'! Right now! It's all goin' down!" Bridges said. "I'm just glad to be part of such a great cast and such a great franchise, and we're gonna keep 'em goin'. They're writing Part 7 as we speak!"
Bridges, while dressed in a sharp blue suit, admitted he was enjoying London's nightlife, confessing, "I'm still hung over from last night!"