Performing in an action movie is a physically demanding job, and some actors are only willing to go so far when it comes to choreographing. Case in point, it was recently reported that Hobbs and Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had it stipulated in their contracts that they could not only take a certain amount of damage through the course of the spinoff, but also weren’t allowed to lose a fight on camera.
Well, Terry Crews, who’s collected plenty of action roles over more than a decade, has responded to this report by making it clear he’s endured plenty of punishment on screen and takes great pride in doing so.
Be sure to look through Terry Crews’ full Twitter thread to see other examples of how he was physically put through the ringer or just straight-up ridiculed in past movies and even on his TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Considering he’s comfortable drawing attention to all these moments, we can reasonably assume that Crews doesn’t plan on inserting stipulations like the ones Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had into future contracts.
For what it’s worth, these kind of contract stipulations aren’t new to the Fast & Furious franchise. Vin Diesel also didn’t want to be seen getting beaten up too much in past installments of the franchise and even had someone keeping track of how many blows he’d taken to make sure they fell within his preferred damage ratio.
Ultimately, as one would imagine, it sounds like the reason these Fast & Furious stars are so insistent on these rules being imposed boils down to image. They’re known to the public as badass action stars, so they don’t want to look weak or soft in these movies. The problem is that it’s a slippery slope, and it could eventually get to the point where their characters come off as invincible. Where’s the fun in watching a fight where it’s not at least a little challenging?
Terry Crews, on the other hand, is perfectly fine with his status as the “losingest badass in Hollywood,” and while action-wise he’s not at the same level of stardom as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, no one’s going to doubt Crews’ toughness. That said, now I’m interested in seeing Crews appearing in a Fast & Furious movie so he can clash with one of these fellow powerhouse Hollywood performers.
To Terry Crews’ credit, the action realm is just one of several areas where he’s shined. He also has an impressive comedy resume, and he’s also shown off his hosting chops with TV shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and America’s Got Talent. So he’s hardly lacking for work, but it will be great when we can see him back in another action movie, whether his character is humiliated in some way or makes it out unscathed.
Hobbs and Shaw is now playing in theaters, and be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie. Be sure to also look through our 2019 release schedule to see what else is heading to the silver screen later this year.
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