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Fast & Furious 8 - Tyrese Gibson interview

Compiled by Jack Foley

TYRESE Gibson talks about some of the elements of making Fast & Furious 8 and what he thinks of the franchise’s continued global appeal.

He also talks about working with director F Gary Gray, working in Cuba and driving some of his favourite cars. Fast & Furious 8 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 16, 2017, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).

Q. Tell us about the story for Fast & Furious 8?
Tyrese Gibson: Dominic Toretto compromised his family because he turned his back on us, and it was uncomfortable to shoot. It was uncomfortable to watch. I actually had a problem with them wanting to do that. But I understood clearly that the family and the movie in itself needed to do something disruptive, and everyone in the world was just curious, like, why would Dom turn his back on us.

And the fact that we didn’t know what was going throughout the movie until the end just had the world on the edge of their seats. And I didn’t realize how good it would be for the franchise, but I realized it really fast when I saw how intrigued everyone was to just find out why he turned his back on us all.

Q. How was working with a new director, in the form of F. Gary Gray?
Tyrese Gibson: He had a bit of a cheat sheet for one because F. Gary Gray had relationships already with Charlize [Theron] and Jason [Statham], Vin [Diesel] and Dwayne [Johnson] who had already done movies with him. So, I’d been really close, as a friend, with F. Gary for about eight years, and we’d been a support system for each other for the years with various different projects. But it was our first time actually working together.

I think when it comes to family, family boils down to inspiration, morale, being honest with each other, and just really making someone feel like you got their back even when they’re not looking. It’s very easy to show someone I got your back when they’re looking, but do you have my back when I’m not around. And F. Gary learned that from me really fast on the set.

I thought it was good that he brought his voice and his unique energy to the franchise. I think that’s what keeps taking us up a level that we give a lot of different filmmakers an opportunity to come in and give their own take and spin on the franchise. And to make sure that we’re still forging the head and not getting caught up in repeating everything.

Q. What do you think about Roman’s new cars in Fast 8?
Tyrese Gibson: Well, thanks to F. Gary Gray I got my Lamborghini; my orange one. And I was able to get the Bentley G2 coop, two-toned, which was cool. I thought it was just cool like when you look at an orange Lamborghini out there coasting on ice in the middle of Iceland. It’s kind of crazy.

There are really no rules in this game. We can kind of just do whatever we want to do. That was just another example of changing the game seeing a Lamborghini on ice. It was the first and only Lamborghini that had ever been to Iceland, and I was just happy to be a part of that.

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Q. How was working in Cuba with those vintage cars?
Tyrese Gibson: We were proud to find out that were the first movie in 60 years to shoot here. But obviously when you’re first it comes with a lot of challenges, a lot of politics, and a lot of rare tape. But we were able to forge a head and put all of our brains together. Everyone worked every angle imaginable to pull it off.

It feels like we travelled back in time 60 years. And the folks that live here every day are use to it, but this is not normal as far as anyone else in the world. I thought it was going to be a couple of old school cars, but the majority of the cars are out here from 50 or 60 years ago and that’s unbelievable to me. Shout out to all the mechanics that have kept these cars alive for 60 years because they drive them every day.

Q. What do you think about the continued global appeal of the Fast franchise?
Tyrese Gibson: I think it’s the diversity that is one of the things that is really unspoken. You know, everyone wants to go to a movie or a TV show and see someone in the movie that looks like them or is where they are from. It gives you a greater sense of pride, and makes you feel like you’re in the movie while
you’re watching it. Family is a universal thing. We all can relate to family. Some of us are close to our families. Others are not, but we do understand what a family is. And cars. customised cars. Men, women, kids, teenagers it’s something that we all love and want.

And if you don’t have that car you’re at least able to look at these cars and imagine that one day you’ll be able to have one. And that’s what dreams are made. So, we’re just happy to be a part of something that translates around the world. There has been a lot of folks that have been trying to tap into this space, but Fast and Furious is in a league of its own. We just hope that we never let the fans down.

Q. What can we expect from the Blu-ray and DVD release?
Tyrese Gibson: Way more scenes, way more funny, way more action and it’s the extended director’s cut. The fans are going to get a real sense of what that looks like. For two, you get a chance to really get behind the scenes and check out Cuba in a way you didn’t even see in the movie.

You really get a sense of the behind-the- scenes, the laughter, the fun, the comradery that the whole world knows about, but we’re proud to show people that there is a way to work on one of the biggest movies in the world and actually have fun doing it.

Read our review of Fast & Furious 8

Fast & Furious 8 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 16, 2017, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).