After the premiere of “Fast and furious 9” (“Fast and Furious 9” in its original language), fans keep talking about their favorite characters and the stories they have seen on screen since the franchise began in 2001. Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner, Letty, Mia and company are some of the most popular faces of ‘The Fast Saga’ that will have more films ahead.
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Throughout the years the franchise “Fast and Furious” has shown us several characters that have won the hearts of the public, one of them is Roman, played by actor Tyrese Gibson. He has appeared in every “Fast & Furious” installment from “Fast Five” onwards, including F9, currently in theaters.
Roman has become a favorite character known for his jokes and sense of humor. While it’s hard to imagine the franchise without Roman, fans of “Fast and furious” has Paul Walker to thank, who fought for Tyrese Gibson to have a secured place on Dom’s crew.
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“FAST AND FURIOUS”: WHEN PAUL WALKER FIGHTED TO GET TYRESE GIBSON BACK AS ROMAN
According to “Screenrant,” Tyrese Gibson shared details about how Paul Walker struggled to bring his character, Roman Pearce, back to the “Fast & Furious” franchise with “Fast Five.” Gibson’s character first appeared in “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003) alongside Walker and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, another mainstay of the franchise.
Roman was introduced as a childhood friend of Brian O’Conner from Walker, who had a past stealing cars. In the movie, Roman and O’Conner teamed up to take down a drug dealer named Carter Verone. Although the character was well received, the franchise saw fit to move on without Gibson for a while.
The next two installments, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Fast & Furious,” did not include Gibson’s Roman. After “Fast & Furious,” the franchise made a change in approach to the story as it moved away from racing and leaned more into mass action movie territory, which began with Fast Five.
However, when the creative team put together the fifth installment, there were still no plans for Roman to return. This is why Paul Walker fought to bring the character of Tyrese Gibson back to the franchise.
On EW’s Binge podcast, Tyrese Gibson talked about how Walker worked to bring Roman back for the fifth movie. The 42-year-old actor claimed it “was a fight” and detailed the tension with the studio about how Roman would fit into the franchise going forward.
“Paul knew there was a small hurdle that we had to overcome in order for all of us to come together for Fast Five. I mean, I get emotional when I think of this guy; For almost three movies, he kept begging and pleading and trying to talk to the studio and the directors and Vin, ‘Hey, we have to get Tyrese back.’ I finally came back for Five, and it was a fight, man, “he said.
Tyrese Gibson also pointed out that things only changed because Walker was backing him. After sitting down with Vin Diesel, the actor convinced them that he would be an asset to the franchise.
“I think there was some kind of spoken but not expressed tension in Roman Pearce and his surroundings, and where do I fit in? And I think after hanging out with a Vin a few times before we did Five, he quickly realized that I’m more valuable, and there are so many more perks in what I’m bringing to the franchise, since I don’t even remotely know. consider competition or anything that someone should be concerned about, “he added.
While it’s hard to imagine the franchise without Roman, the world has Paul Walker to thank for securing his spot with Dom’s crew. It should be noted that “Fast & Furious 10” is already in the works and Gibson’s Roman is likely to return. .