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Denzel Washington turned down a role in Fast and Furious 7

Aug. 1, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Denzel Washington is one of the few elite actors in Hollywood that can guarantee that even a crappy movie an instant box office success. With 2 GUNS opening this weekend to decent reviews I would guarantee he will have another #1 opening under his belt. But, that is not to say the man will take any gig that comes his way, even a small one in a solid film franchise guaranteed to be a success.

In a frustrating article about the difficulty in creating new franchises, Deadline reported that sourced recently had Universal offering Washington a small role in the upcoming FAST AND FURIOUS 7. With Jason Statham already added to the cast in a post-credits sequence in FAST AND FURIOUS 6, I wonder if Denzel would have been set-up for a possible 8th film. We already know that FAST AND FURIOUS 7 will make over $100 million if the sixth film is any indicator. Adding someone of Denzel Washington's caliber would guarantee a heck of a lot more.

It is unknown if James Wan has a surprise up his sleeve that Washington was going to fulfill, but if someone of that level of stardom is getting a part in the film you can guarantee we will let you know when we find out who.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7 opens July 11, 2014. I guarantee it.

Source: Deadline

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11:37AM on 08/02/2013

Good call Denzel!

Denzel is way too badass for The Fast and The Furious series. For Denzel to make that move would be like selling out to play a role in a franchise that is not Denzel's style. Good call. Ask Samuel L. Jackson, he's already in almost every franchise out there.
Denzel is way too badass for The Fast and The Furious series. For Denzel to make that move would be like selling out to play a role in a franchise that is not Denzel's style. Good call. Ask Samuel L. Jackson, he's already in almost every franchise out there.
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8:44AM on 08/02/2013
I thumbs up because I don;t want him in these movies. I like them too much. And isn't it funny that the same site will claim that this is opening up to decent reviews even though it stands at a 59% reviews average, but a movie like Man of Steel, standing at a 57% average opened up to negative reviews, just because everyone seems to be erect for Denzel, and this is the summer where it's apparently cool to hate on the fun summer, popcorn movies.
I thumbs up because I don;t want him in these movies. I like them too much. And isn't it funny that the same site will claim that this is opening up to decent reviews even though it stands at a 59% reviews average, but a movie like Man of Steel, standing at a 57% average opened up to negative reviews, just because everyone seems to be erect for Denzel, and this is the summer where it's apparently cool to hate on the fun summer, popcorn movies.
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9:55PM on 08/01/2013
That would've been very nice to see, but then again he'd have to jostle for the limelight with an already rather crowded cast, so perhaps it's good that he passed on it.
That would've been very nice to see, but then again he'd have to jostle for the limelight with an already rather crowded cast, so perhaps it's good that he passed on it.
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7:58PM on 08/01/2013
At the end of the day it's his choice. I have to say though that I've never been disappointed with a Denzel film. By saying that I don't just mean his quality of acting but his solid choices in films projects. I never would have considered watching "Unstoppable", a story about a train that won't stop (it doesn't sound good on paper) if Denzel Washington wasn't in it and it was a surprisingly interesting film.

At the end of the day it's his choice. I have to say though that I've never been disappointed with a Denzel film. By saying that I don't just mean his quality of acting but his solid choices in films projects. I never would have considered watching "Unstoppable", a story about a train that won't stop (it doesn't sound good on paper) if Denzel Washington wasn't in it and it was a surprisingly interesting film.

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5:59PM on 08/01/2013

Fuck him.

How is he too good for this franchise? ...he's been on some ptretty straight foward action films as of late.
How is he too good for this franchise? ...he's been on some ptretty straight foward action films as of late.
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9:35PM on 08/01/2013
He's been in some pretty straight forward shit films as of... forever!
He's been in some pretty straight forward shit films as of... forever!
5:56PM on 08/01/2013
Denzel is to good for the FF franchise.
Denzel is to good for the FF franchise.
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5:53PM on 08/01/2013
Would've been cool...
Would've been cool...
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5:39PM on 08/01/2013

Denzel actually isn't that big of a draw from a financial perspective, believe it or not.

I love the site, but sometimes I feel the opinions are misguided and you don't really do basic research before submitting articles. You said Denzel's 'caliber' would bring more money to the franchise. You also went on a rant about how he 'guarantees' a movie will be a box office success. But despite Denzel's high profile, he's only had four films ever surpass $100 mil at the box office since his career began in the 1980s, and in fact is often in films that under-perform or downright flop. He's
I love the site, but sometimes I feel the opinions are misguided and you don't really do basic research before submitting articles. You said Denzel's 'caliber' would bring more money to the franchise. You also went on a rant about how he 'guarantees' a movie will be a box office success. But despite Denzel's high profile, he's only had four films ever surpass $100 mil at the box office since his career began in the 1980s, and in fact is often in films that under-perform or downright flop. He's also yet to prove himself as a huge draw overseas. He's not the most bankable star in Hollywood and chances are his involvement really wouldn't make much difference to the average person. Also, $100 mil minimum? The last two movies made over $200 mil domestically (and counting, for the newest one). I'd say $100 mil minimum is putting it lightly!

EDIT To expand upon my comment, these Denzel movies ALL lost money in theaters: Unstoppable, The Book of Eli, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Great Debaters, The Manchurian Candidate, Man On Fire, Out of Time, Antwone Fisher. Should I continue? That's just going back a decade. The list gets worse after that.

I really like Washington, but my point is, you guys need to do a bit more fact-checking before making such glaring mistakes. It's all good if you want Denzel in Fast 7 but if you're going to write a movie article calling him a guaranteed box office draw, you should probably make sure you're not basing that on your subjective opinion of him as an actor.
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5:53PM on 08/01/2013
Ouch. I'm not responsible for the article and even my ass hurts from that piece of ass-fucking you just dealt.
Ouch. I'm not responsible for the article and even my ass hurts from that piece of ass-fucking you just dealt.
5:57PM on 08/01/2013
All those films lost money in the theaters? Then why do his films keep going to the theaters?
All those films lost money in the theaters? Then why do his films keep going to the theaters?
7:13PM on 08/01/2013
@ J. Burton -- I'd say for two reasons. #1, because people think he is a movie star. Bill Simmons had a nice article about this a couple years back, in which he compared Ryan Reynolds to Will Smith. Sometimes the perception someone has of being a movie star isn't backed up by their track record. For Denzel, he's simply never really made the transition to becoming a worldwide movie star, and, like Adam Sandler, his hit movies are typically only hits in North America.

A second reason is:
@ J. Burton -- I'd say for two reasons. #1, because people think he is a movie star. Bill Simmons had a nice article about this a couple years back, in which he compared Ryan Reynolds to Will Smith. Sometimes the perception someone has of being a movie star isn't backed up by their track record. For Denzel, he's simply never really made the transition to becoming a worldwide movie star, and, like Adam Sandler, his hit movies are typically only hits in North America.

A second reason is: because about half of them came close to earning twice their budget, which is generally when studios start to see a profit. (In the case of 'Unstoppable,' despite it being a domestic hit, it floundered overseas; its budget was $100 mil but it only made $150 mil worldwide, whereas to turn profit it would have needed roughly $200 mil and beyond.) He's RESPECTED enough as an actor and not ever detrimental enough to a movie that, kind of like De Niro, despite a decent amount of flops and stuff, he's still headlining big films and still generally considered a star. And because they come close enough to breaking even in theaters -- Man on Fire went for $130 on a $70 mil budget -- they often do well enough on video and TV to make them eventual successes.

But he's not a big box office draw, and at this point Channing Tatum has had more $100 mil pictures than Denzel, so... as much as I really like the guy as an actor, adding him to Fast 7 wouldn't immediately boost its box office potential, especially overseas (which, funny enough, is where they're really seeing the bulk of their profits with this series right now).
7:17PM on 08/01/2013
Also, I'm sorry to be a Negative Nancy here. I like Denzel a lot as an actor so it's not like I enjoy ragging on him for not being a movie star. I just find it interesting how some actors are so well-regarded and respected that we sometimes just assume they're big stars, even though their track records don't back it up.
Also, I'm sorry to be a Negative Nancy here. I like Denzel a lot as an actor so it's not like I enjoy ragging on him for not being a movie star. I just find it interesting how some actors are so well-regarded and respected that we sometimes just assume they're big stars, even though their track records don't back it up.
5:13PM on 08/01/2013
I quite don't see him fitting in this franchise, anyway...
The real question is: would Lukas Black come back ?
After all, he was the hero of the third F&F, and F&F7 will be the first taking place after Tokyo Drift, chronologically... Beside, Vin Diesel DID appeared at the end of it !
I quite don't see him fitting in this franchise, anyway...
The real question is: would Lukas Black come back ?
After all, he was the hero of the third F&F, and F&F7 will be the first taking place after Tokyo Drift, chronologically... Beside, Vin Diesel DID appeared at the end of it !
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4:33PM on 08/01/2013

He also says "You understand me?" in almost EVERY movie

Off the top of my head, I know for a fact he says "you understand me?" in the following:

-Crimson Tide
-Remember the Titans
-John Q
-Man on Fire
-American Gangster
Off the top of my head, I know for a fact he says "you understand me?" in the following:

-Crimson Tide
-Remember the Titans
-John Q
-Man on Fire
-American Gangster
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8:57AM on 08/02/2013
In Deja Vu he says "I'll tell you what: I will speak slow so that those of you with Ph.D's in the room can understand." and then later he says "Can you understand that?"

In Deja Vu he says "I'll tell you what: I will speak slow so that those of you with Ph.D's in the room can understand." and then later he says "Can you understand that?"

4:01PM on 08/01/2013
He would have made an interesting villain or even an interesting veteran FBI agent who helps out Johnson's character.

Or hell make him a new driver that helps out Vin Diesel and co.
He would have made an interesting villain or even an interesting veteran FBI agent who helps out Johnson's character.

Or hell make him a new driver that helps out Vin Diesel and co.
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3:58PM on 08/01/2013
Man, I wished this happened.
Man, I wished this happened.
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3:22PM on 08/01/2013

So he does 2 Guns but not FF?

I mean, what's so bad about Fast & Furious verses everything else.
I mean, what's so bad about Fast & Furious verses everything else.
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8:59AM on 08/02/2013
Some actors don't want to do ensemble movies, at least not until they reach a certain age and then their characters become... expendable.
Some actors don't want to do ensemble movies, at least not until they reach a certain age and then their characters become... expendable.
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