Tyrese Gibson talks to EW about the difficulties of filming that scene and his hopes for the future of the franchise
This is FATE week on EW.com. Every day, we’ll be debuting a new behind-the-scenes look at The Fate of the Furious, the latest film in the ongoing saga of Dominic Toretto’s globetrotting family of car-action superstars.
The Fast & Furious saga began with cars and trucks and things that go, but gradually evolved into the upper echelons of modern transportation technology, pitting Dominic Toretto’s team of automotive outlaws against trains, planes, and tanks. But the most eye-popping sequence in the trailer for the upcoming eighth installment takes the franchise nautical: As cars race across a frozen lake, a submarine explodes upward from the water below. In an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, you can take a look at the impressive lengths the production crew went to film that scene, with multiple cars racing (and crashing) across a lake.
EW talked to Tyrese Gibson, who’s played lovable cad Roman Pearce since 2 Fast 2 Furious, about the difficulties of filming that scene and his hopes for the future of the franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The sequence with the submarine looks gigantic, even compared to some of the large-scale action sequences you guys have worked on in this series. What was it like filming that scene?
TYRESE GIBSON: It was definitely as big as it looked. It was just cold, man. 30 below zero. You know, I’m ghetto as hell, South Central L.A. Black people don’t like cold weather, man. They put me in Iceland, got me standing on frozen lakes. Everything that’s considered the polar opposite of who I am and where I’m from, that was Iceland.
You’ve filmed in a bunch of different countries for the Furious saga. Was Iceland the most challenging?
My first question was, “Can you all CGI me in? Can you all put up a greenscreen? I’m happy to act like I’m in Iceland.” They weren’t having it.
You played Roman for the first time back in 2003, and the franchise has obviously evolved over the years. What was it like coming back to play the character for this film?
The beautiful thing about Fast & Furious is we’re like the United Nations at this point. We got every nationality imaginable in there. Fast & Furious is the answer to the lack of diversity that people talk about in Hollywood. And we’ve been that for 15 years. Diversifying in movies, it seems like this theme and this concept that everybody’s running with, which I’m very happy about. But we’ve played this game from the beginning. It’s one of the biggest unspoken realities around why this franchise is so successful. We’ve given fans around the world the opportunity to show up and see somebody on camera that they can identify with.
Is there anything you want Roman to do, as the series continues?
I haven’t really thought about what the future looks like for Roman. But I’m hoping to be able to continue to throw my ideas out there around who should join the franchise. For the last couple years, I’ve been talking about Matt Damon. I would love for Matt Damon to come in and be a part of this franchise. Matt Damon is already a part of the Bourne franchise, which is also a Universal property, so it’d be easy to bring him right over.
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters April 14. Come back to EW.com every day this week for a closer look at the film’s wild filming, including interviews with cast and crew.