Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson Filmed a Deleted ‘Fate of the Furious’ Scene
My theory that every Fast & Furious movie is essentially a fanfiction of the one that came before was proven correct this afternoon when it was announced that there is a spinoff in the works starring Jason Statham’s Decker Shaw and Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs. The two of them had, by far, one of the best sequences in The Fate of the Furious — that giant prison fight — and their animosity-turned-friendship is one of the great joys of the new movie. (I guess we’re just forgetting about the fact that Shaw killed Han Seoul-Oh a couple movies ago #JusticeForHan.) Apparently, the idea for a spinoff came from a deleted scene that Statham and Johnson shot to tack onto the very end of the movie, which the producers loved so much they wanted to save it for its own movie.
The Wrap has the scoop on the scene, which was filmed as a jumping off point for a potential spinoff.
The deleted scene is a nod to “Rocky 3’s” fight at the end between Rocky and Apollo. Hobbs and Shaw face off and right before they connect fists they stop, look at one another and one of them goes, “Why are we fighting? We should be working together instead of for that idiot.”
“That idiot” refers to Dominic Toretto, a.k.a. Vin Diesel himself, who was not too happy that the scene was filmed apparently without his knowledge. Reports differ on whether it was pulled because he complained or whether the producers figured it would be better to save it for later, but one thing’s for sure: the Fast & Furious series may be moving on without Dom.
The friendship between Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) was the glue that held the series together, and without Brian, Fate feels a little off. But the budding friendship between Shaw and Hobbs could save the series, even if it means putting Dom in the sidecar.