After “Fast & Furious 6″ became the biggest earner of The Fast & The Furious franchise, it’s no surprise Universal would make a part seven in an effort to squeeze every dime from the film series. However, the studio won’t stop there, they have plans to make an eighth one, and that’s not the end. Producers have reached out to one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, Denzel Washington, to join the franchise for the next two movies, according to an article on Deadline.com.
So how did big-time multi award-winning Denzel Washington respond when he learned of the offer? He turned it down, of course. Here’s an excerpt from the Deadline.com piece:
“The Fast And The Furious was almost entirely out of gas before Universal smartly brought in Chris Morgan and Justin Lin, who tinkered under the hood and and much to the surprise of everybody, restored it into Universal’s most valuable franchise outside ofJurassic Park. They smartly added energy by bringing back Vin Diesel and adding Dwayne Johnson and others. The studio is now looking for another big star to join the next film in a small role and then be a big part of the film that follows. Denzel Washington just turned down that opportunity, but they’ll undoubtedly get somebody important by the time The Conjuring helmer James Wan starts shooting the seventh film.”
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Well, who could blame Denzel for turning down a “Fast & Furious” movie? Just because the film has been a cash cow for Universal and boasts some well-paid actors like Duane ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel, it doesn’t mean it’s a Denzel-caliber movie.
So what if he tripped up and accepted a role in “2 Guns,” the upcoming action flick with Mark Wahlberg due out in theaters August 2nd? A good actor can make that mistake only a few times, and the way the critics have been talking about “2 Guns,” it may have been a good thing Denzel Washington passed on the seventh and eighth “Fast & Furious” installments.
Do we really need another one of those movies, anyway?