Fast & Furious is a series of action movies that focus on street racing, heists, spies, and family. This franchise pushes boundaries with incredible stunts, a close-knit cast, and epic stories.
The franchise is a massive hit that also has short films, TV shows, toys, video games, live shows, and theme park attractions. It consists of 12 films that feature several Hollywood stars. One more actor would have been on the list of those actors if Vin Diesel hadn’t said no to him.
Van Damme Almost Joined Fast & Furious, but Vin Diesel Said No
The Fast & Furious franchise is home to some top action stars like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, and Jason Statham. And there is no doubt that their presence boosted the franchise’s success.
A recent interview revealed that one of the most recognizable action stars nearly joined F9: The Fast Saga (2021). But his presence was blocked by franchise star and producer Vin Diesel.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Jean-Claude Van Damme said he was asked to join the franchise, but Diesel reportedly rejected the idea. As Van Damme said: “They want me in Fast and Furious.” He continued: “‘No, I don’t want him.'”
Fans React to Vin Diesel’s Denial Over Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Entry to Fast & Furious Franchise
After knowing Vin Diesel’s thoughts on the idea of Jean-Claude Van Damme in the Fast & Furious franchise, fans sparked some reactions. Some believe that The Bouncer star was perfect to enter the franchise.
One X user (@mtplug_grinder) said: “All jokes aside he would have made a bad ass villain.” Another X user (@CallaWolf87) believed that Diesel was afraid that another actor (like the famous Van Damme) would steal his spotlight:
“Was it because he was afraid to have another better actor steal the scenes away? I mean JCVD isn’t the greatest actors, but at least he doesn’t have a permanent scowl and say how he’s “doing it for family” every time he swings at someone.”
Check more fan reactions below:
Biggest fumble 🤧
— Daminispost (@bigseven4L_) October 24, 2023
Jean Claude Van Damme is too big to be in a Fast And Furious movie
— Movie Reviews By JT (@moviere09350416) October 25, 2023
Why the fuck would anyone say no to JCVD ??
— MG (@backyarniggan) October 25, 2023
These reactions suggest that Jean-Claude Van Damme’s performance in the Fast & Furious franchise would have definitely made a great impact. The actor’s martial arts skills and action movie experience might have added a new dimension to it if he had been cast.