There may have been some beef on the Fast 8 set, but none of that was between Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren. Diesel took some time to praise his new Fast & Furious costar during a Facebook Live stream on Friday.
After opening an award from Facebook for having over 100 million fans of his page, the actor went on to thank his fans for their involvement in the casting of the previous Fast & Furious films. Diesel credited audience response for the reasons Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) came back from the dead, the casting of Dwayne Johnson (in the role originally written for Tommy Lee Jones), and the casting of Jason Statham.
“And then of course, there’s another person who you all said, ‘Get her in this movie,’ which was Helen Mirren,” Diesel continued. “One of the best days I had on Fast 8, the best scenes I did on Fast 8 was working with Helen Mirren. It was so special and so surreal, and she’s such a wonderful, wonderful talent. It was such a blessing and I’ll always remember the fact that we worked together.”
Diesel then recalled that over a decade ago, after he had cast Judi Dench in The Chronicles of Riddick, Michael Caine had actually suggested he work with Mirren some day.
Check out Diesel’s remarks about Mirren below, around the 24-minute mark.