I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that Jason Statham is playing the bad guy in “Fast and Furious 7” after showing up briefly to do some deadly damage in “Fast and Furious 6”, right? At least, it doesn’t appear to me as if anyone is trying to keep Statham’s appearance at the end of “Fast and Furious 6” a secret anymore, as every interview he’s done so far has touched on his upcoming villainous role in the car franchise.
The latest site to grab some time with The Stath and his bad guy role is Empire. The most interesting fact I got from the sit-down was that Statham was apparently offered the villain role in “Fast and Furious 6”, the one that eventually went to Luke Evans. Statham explains why he turned that one down, but decided to do “Fast and Furious 7”:
I didn’t really want to play the villain, but there are certain moments where you think it might be a good time to do that. I’m not saying I’m the full-blooded… I’m not going to tell you too much about what I’m going to do in the film, but if it’s a good villain, there’s obviously some consideration to be made, but there are some really bad villains out there, and I don’t want to get myself wet with that shit.
It’s just not written that well sometimes, and it’s always about the writing. So we’ll see. But I am excited to be a part of it, it’s got some of the best car action I have ever, ever seen. Justin Lin has just been exceptional with what he does with that vehicular action.
Yes, the Luke Evans villain was pretty badly written. But then again, so have been all the villains in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. This series isn’t exactly known for its stellar writing, and if you need any proof about the sheer illogical nonsense that is the franchise, let me point out the film’s runway finale, which goes on and on and on for at least 30 minutes. That is one damn long runway!
Anyways, so why did Statham finally decide to do “Fast and Furious 7” after saying No to “Fast and Furious 6”? According to Statham, he had “another sit-down” with the producers and changed his mind.
Translation? They probably showed him his would-be paycheck.
So yeah, he’ll be playing a badly written villain, despite what Statham insists. He keeps telling people his villain won’t necessarily be a full-on villain, but isn’t that what every actor says who is playing a bad guy? That they see their character as not a villain, but just as someone doing bad things for a reason? Standard acting operating procedure — justify your role. After all, it can’t possibly be for the — gasp! — paycheck!
Mind you, I’m looking forward to seeing Statham play a bad guy. I just think all this heeing and hawing about why he’s taking the role is a bit ridiculous. Just embrace the fact that you’re getting paid great money, and that acting, even as the bad guy in a movie, beats the hell out of digging ditches any day.
Speaking of Lin, James Wan takes over directing chores on “Fast and Furious 7”, set for 2014.