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did vin diesel die in a car crash

Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

Vin Diesel disputes that he and his “Fast 8” co-star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, had a frosty relationship. “I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way,” Diesel told USA Today . “I think some things may be blown out of proportion.” Rumors began to swirl last August
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

It’s a painful truth to face, but that doesn’t make it any less necessary. The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the racing-turned-heist-movie franchise, proves that it’s time for Vin Diesel to hang up the wife-beater and say good-bye to audiences. It’s hard to keep long-running franchises fresh and relevant, and it’s a skill that the Fast and Furious movies usually master, but Furious 8, despite being lots of fun, might be the first stumble, and it’s fatal flaw is that there’s an outsized focus on Dominic Toretto. Part of that has to do with the death of Paul Walker, who was often the softer, more emotional partner. His presence as Brian O’Connor is sorely missed this time around. Without Brian as a grounding, brotherly foil, Dom feels even more one-dimensional and gruff. The film tries to use Letty to fill the Brian-sized gaps, but isn’t an even trade. Universal Pictures Plus, audiences already know Dom in and out. What became frustratingly clear this time around, is that The Fate of the Furious should be the end of Dom’s story, simply because there just isn’t that much left to tell. He’s back with Letty, he has a young son (spoiler alert!) and he’s not running from the law anymore.  Domesticity is calling, Dom. Hang up the Nos and take a breather. (Matt Kennedy/Universal Pictures via AP In eight movies, we’ve gotten a fun tapestry of Dom’s adventures and internal life, but Furious 8 makes you wonder what, if anything else, is left to mine? Even the best of friendships tend to stagnate over time. Despite switching up locations (this we’re in New York and Cuba) the film returns to many well-worn franchise themes, like family and loyalty, but instead of feeling comforting and nostalgic, they feel tired and exhausted. After 8 movies, we know these characters love each other beyond reason, and while it’s fun to watch our old friends chase down a nuclear sub, there isn’t very much new material to delve into. Plus, the outsize focus on Dom leaves little time to see what Ramsey, Tej and the others have been up to. (Universal Pictures via AP) But, there is a bright spot. The franchise’s biggest strength has been it’s willingness to embrace new characters and bring them into the fold. When Dom’s crew takes someone in, audiences also open their hearts and wallets to their story. The best parts of Furious 8 happen when Dom isn’t on screen. So much of the fun of the original movies was watching Dom and Brian go head-to-head. Their push-and-pull dynamic brought out new angles to each character, which, when combined with huge car crashes, made for rewarding viewing. In Furious 8, that mantle is gleefully being taken up by The Rock’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Owen Deckard Shaw.  The duo positively crackle on screen, making you wonder from minute to minute if they’re going to start throwing punches or start making out. Their budding friendship is clearly trying to set them up as Dom and Brian 2.0, and it’s a brilliant move.  For the buddy-comedy aspect of Fast and Furious to work, you need, well, a buddy. The heartbreaking truth is that Dom lost that. Without Brian, he’s a straight man without someone to play off against. Hobbs and Shaw are able to re-create that little bit of magic.  Think about their coordinated breakout from jail, and their willingness to set aside past grievances to lift heavy objects together.   Plus, there’s so much potential in the two characters’ back stories. How come Hobbs is a single father? Why do Owen and Deckard have such a strained relationship? And what’s the deal with the matriarch (Helen Mirren) of the Shaw family crime syndicate? With so much good material waiting in the wings, it would be a shame to try and stretch Dom’s story past it’s logical conclusion. Give Dom the same happy ending in the vein of Brian and Mia. After a life on violence and on the run, let him and Letty drive off in a fancy car, into the sunset, ready for some stability and peace. We’d all be better off for it. Correction: An earlier version of this post named the wrong Shaw brother as Hobbs’ new best friend. It’s Deckard, not Owen. More Fast and Furious!The touching theory on why there's no Corona in 'The Fate of the Furious'16 AprTwo surfer bros plead with city council to build a 12-foot Paul Walker statue27 Mar'Fast and Furious' shoot has exploding cars falling from the sky in Cleveland05 Jun 16
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

This story is a HOAX! Lead Stories’ Trendolizer social media analysis engine detected it as trending, however, just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it’s true. Vin Diesel is alive and well.
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Vin Diesel’s stature would be major news across networks.
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

On Thursday (June 01) the actor’s reps officially confirmed that Vin Diesel is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

“It’s subtle. But the whole point of Cuba was an homage, pulling Paul into the opening sequence of Fast 8,” says Diesel. “The sequence was answering something Paul would always tell me as producer: ‘Vin, we need more racing, more racing.’ Cuba was a glorified race sequence in a place and environment that allowed for an old-school racing sequence.”
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

The onscreen baby-naming marked the most prominent Walker tribute in Fate and was inspired by real life. After Diesel’s longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez gave birth to the couple’s third child in 2015, he named their daughter Pauline after Walker. Diesel and Jiménez had another name chosen, but made the dramatic change in the hospital.
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Did Vin Diesel Die In A Car Crash

The story will shift dramatically as Diesel fronts Fast & Furious 9, which begins filming next year for release April 19, 2019. Diesel doesn’t give any hints except that Dom will be a proud dad.
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“When I was in the delivery room with my youngest daughter, my mom was there. And she said it felt like Paul was in the room with me. My mother said that,” Diesel tells USA TODAY. “We had already decided the baby’s name. And when I went to actually write that down, I ended up writing ‘Pauline’.”
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“I had never done a barbecue scene without him. And every time I had ever done a barbecue scene, the first thing I was always asked is, ‘Where does Paul sit? Where does Brian sit?’  And that wasn’t happening,” says Diesel,  “And I just cracked and broke down and had to walk off set to collect myself. That was the only time I wasn’t strong enough to keep it together.”
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“My mother only told me this a month ago, that his mother told my mum, ‘Love your child. Just love your child’,” Diesel revealed on the program.
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The best parts of Furious 8 happen when Dom isn’t on screen. So much of the fun of the original movies was watching Dom and Brian go head-to-head. Their push-and-pull dynamic brought out new angles to each character, which, when combined with huge car crashes, made for rewarding viewing.
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With so much good material waiting in the wings, it would be a shame to try and stretch Dom’s story past it’s logical conclusion. Give Dom the same happy ending in the vein of Brian and Mia. After a life on violence and on the run, let him and Letty drive off in a fancy car, into the sunset, ready for some stability and peace. We’d all be better off for it.
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In Fate of the Furious, the filmmakers worked references to Walker’s character into the opening street race sequence shot in Havana. The engine trick Dom uses to boost his car is attributed to Walker’s character from past films, nicknamed “The Buster.”

Published on Jul 22, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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