Those of us who can’t wait for Furious 7 to hit cinemas are probably just expecting a spectacular, exhilarating and death-defying cinematic rollercoaster ride that ups the ante from its most recent predecessor. But it turns out that Vin Diesel has set the bar even higher for the sequel, because the actor has come out predicted that the movie will win the Best Picture award at the 2016 Oscars. Seriously.
Vin Diesel made his remarks while being interviewed for the cover story of Variety. And just in case the fact that he is starring in one of the biggest movies of 2015 wasn’t enough for the publication, Diesel decided to sprinkle a dose of hyperbole into his discussion to make it that little bit more interesting. Diesel explained,
Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.
God bless you, Vin Diesel, you crazy fool. In fact, Vin Diesel wasn’t done with his hyperbole, because he went on to reinforce his original comment by saying,
This will win best picture. There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.
And while you might not agree with Vin Diesel’s prediction, it’s easy to see why he’s so impassioned with Furious 7. Not only has the franchise surprisingly grown and evolved over its last few instalments into one of the most satisfying action series of recent years, but the production of Furious 7 will always be linked to the death of its star, Paul Walker. The 40-year-old actor died in a car-crash in November 2013 while production on the movie was on-going.
Vin Diesel insists that the emotional dynamic that Walker’s passing unfortunately introduced to Furious 7 means that it’s more "powerful" than its predecessors. And while the film had already managed to one-up the "action sequences" and had introduced a fresh, new "interesting dynamic to the world," it will now also shock viewers with just how moving and touching it is too.
But don’t just take Vin Diesel’s word for it. During his chat with Variety, the star insisted that the head of Universal Pictures, Ron Meyer, had previously told him that if there had been no number attached to either Fast Five or Fast & Furious 6 then they would have been Best Picture contenders. Diesel emphatically concluded, "And when people see Furious 7, they are going to agree."
Either way, Furious 7 is set to add to the $2.4 billion that the previous six films has already amassed when it opens on April 3rd. In fact it has already been touted that Furious 7 will smash April’s box-office records, and the fact that it opened to glowing reviews after premiering at SXSW last week suggests that audiences will be more than pleased with the latest addition to the franchise. I'll still eat a Ford Focus if it wins the Best Picture at next year's Oscars, though.