Tyrese Gibson & Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Interview For ‘Fast & Furious 6′
Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. ‘Fast & Furious 6′ also stars Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky Joe Taslim and Gina Carano. The film has been scheduled for release on May 17th in the UK and May 24th in the US. Justin Lin directs.
After the great success of ‘Fast Five,’ how was it making this one, considering the expectations – was the energy different?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: Yeah. I 100% felt like ‘Fast Five’ completely reinvigorated the entire franchise, and it’s just great that after that many sequels you can actually get people’s attention again. So to go into ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and have so many people anticipate this movie, it’s one of the greatest things when you work in this craft of making movies. To have people anticipate and can’t wait for this movie to come out – we couldn’t wait to shoot it, we couldn’t wait to give them this finished product (laughs). It was an exciting set, that’s for sure.
Tyrese Gibson: As Chris just mentioned, the feeling of working on something knowing that people are anticipating and are excited about it, it really inspires you to know that you’re working on something that people are waiting on. It also keeps you on your toes. There were a lot of sleepless nights thinking of every nuance and creative angle to take it to the next level. There was a lot of late night calls with everyone working on this, just trying to figure out if we could get this extra scene in or do this, crack that extra joke, extra action scene. There’s so much that went into this film that all of us helped with creatively, but I have to tip my hat to director Justin Lin, he done one hell of a job. There was so much energy on set, and a lot of the scenes came from the set in the moment – something like the forehead joke (laughs).
Seeing as much of this group of actors have worked together on this franchise for over a decade now, how helpful is that family-like relationship that’s been built off-screen in bringing that dynamic on-screen?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: I think that’s part of the reason our chemistry on-screen was so good because off-screen we really do get a chance to get to know each other, we’re genuinely friends and we feel like a family. Then when we come together it just makes it that more comfortable for all of us to work together onscreen. When you put together so many different actors, so many different personalities, what people need to understand is we all come together and all get along and have so much fun – and it’s been like that for over a decade now for many of us. We had a blast.
Tyrese Gibson: Right. I think it’s very challenging whether it’s a franchise or another movie that’s a one-off, it’s always very challenging to find chemistry with the people you do movies with sometimes. But, if you’re actually cool on and off-camera, then everything you’re doing on-camera becomes an experience for the fans to show up and enjoy because it looks real and authentic. Me and Chris have been friends now for about 13 years, and our first time working together was for ‘2 Fast, 2 Furious,’ movie wise and musically. So the fact that we still have each other’s phone number, we hang out, we go to clubs… it’s really cool, and it all makes for a better energy on camera when fans show up to see the movie.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: It makes it easier to make fun of him on-camera as well (laughs)
Every character gets their chance to shine in this one, multiple times. For me, one of your moments Tyrese was the Waterloo fight with Sung Kang and Joe Taslim. How was that?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: Was that the fight where he got his ass beat? Damn!
Tyrese Gibson: You’re really gonna say that Chris (Laughs). I didn’t get beat up, it was a choice. You know what I’m saying?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: (laughs).
Tyrese Gibson: It was a choice because Joe is new to the franchise, so we really wanted to set him up to look like a hero because the outcome was that things don’t go as good for him later, I’ll just say that (laughs). We wanted to give him a little light. I read the script and thought, “I don’t mind getting my ass beat just a little bit, because Roman lives on!” There was an arc in getting the beat down (laughs). Roman can fight, but he didn’t shine in that moment.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: You’ve heard of ‘The Adventures of Bill & Ted’ before right? But have you heard of ‘The Adventures of Roman & Tej’? Coming soon (laughs).
Chris, you didn’t get a fight scene. Everyone gets their ass kicked at a point in time, but not you….?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: Yeah, I choose my battles wisely (laughs). Tej chooses his battles with the computers and with all the technology, being the brains of the operation and keeping everybody afloat of what’s going on and staying organised. I’d like some action though, I’d love to get out of that computer room and get into some more of this action.
Tyrese, you’ve developed a new sport: Ford Mustang surfing?
Tyrese Gibson: Oh yeah, I call them black wings (laughs). I wish they would have slowed it down a little bit more. When I finally jump off the Mustang, I wish they would have had me in the air just a little bit longer – savor the moment (laughs). But I’ve got to talk to Justin about that (laughs). Hopefully we can get a last minute edit in. Honestly, I love that whole Tank scene. The energy was crazy for that whole sequence, and I’m going to be honest with you, this is a true confession: me and Paul Walker were on the set and had a moment, we said, “This is probably gonna be one of the corniest scenes on Earth, and it doesn’t make any sense that this Mustang is going to lift a damn Tank and make it believable.” But man, when you see it…. Justin Lin is clearly a genius. He knew something that we clearly could not have fathomed. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie.
And Chris, what are you excited for people to see in ‘Fast & Furious 6′?
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: I’m excited for people to see how much I rag on Tyrese’s character, and how much I make fun of his forehead and just the comedy and humour (laughs).
Tyrese Gibson: I don’t like the forehead jokes because it’s going to have people meeting me and shaking my hand and then looking up at the forehead. I think the dimensions of my forehead go well with my head, actually (laughs).
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