Fast & Furious is one of the topmost franchises of Bollywood. Starting from The Fast and the Furious which released in 2001 and proved to be a huge grosser, to F9 which will release in 2021, the action series has provided a huge dose of entertainment to the fans.
Fast & Furious is one of those Hollywood franchises which have contributed immensely to the global box office. And when the first part of the film did a business of over 200 million dollars, producers knew that they want to take it forward. However, the lead actor Vin Diesel wasn’t really convinced with the way makers planned the sequel. Even after being one of the driving forces of The Fast and the Furious (2001), he opted out of the sequel i.e. 2 Fast 2 Furious.
And do you know he was even offered $25 million to do the sequel? But he stood firm to his refusal. Here’s what happened.
During a conversation with hashtaglegend.com, Vin Diesel said, “I had started to think of that first Fast and Furious as a classic, like a Rebel Without a Cause. If we ‘sequelised’ it the way studios were doing at the time, just slapping a story together, I’d ruin the chance of that first one becoming a classic.”
Interestingly, after not featuring in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Vin Diesel just did a small cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift which released in 2006. He made a strong comeback in the series with 2009 film Fast & Furious and it turned out to be a huge grosser with $360 million business.