Screen legend Helen Mirren, who is all set to be honoured at the 2022 SAG Awards revealed how desperately she wanted to be in the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies. The actress, who loves driving, in fact, pleaded to Vin Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto in the blockbuster action franchise, to help her bag a part in the popular movie.
Helen Mirren told The Hollywood Reporter: “I didn’t ask, I begged! I think I was at some function, and he was there, and I got introduced to him. And I was shameless: ‘Oh God, I’d just love to be in one of your movies! Please let me be in it. And then Vin, with that beautiful, deep voice of his, said: “I’ll see what I can do.’ And he did it for me. He found this great little role for me, which was perfect. I’d just never done anything like that before — one of those big, big movies. And, in my vanity, I just loved driving and really wanted to do my own driving in a fast car.”
The ‘Good Liar‘ star made her debut in 2017’s ‘The Fate of the Furious’ as Queenie, the mother of Deckard, Owen, and Hattie Shaw, and went on to star in 2019’s spin-off ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ as well as ‘F9’, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
It’s not the first time Mirren has gushed over Diesel’s “beautiful voice”. She said last year of working with him: “You’re in very safe and loving hands when you’re in ‘Fast and Furious’. It was just great to be in a very small space with Vin Diesel for quite a long time. I just loved every minute. It was great, hearing that beautiful, soft brown velvet voice really, really close because we were squished together. Oh, I just so love his voice. He’s got the best voice ever.”
On their close bond, she added: “That’s a completely natural chemistry. It was there right from the very beginning of my first meeting with Vin. And I just adored him immediately, and he’s always been so kind and lovely to me. So it was there right from the beginning, and it is very weird. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever on any level, but that’s the weird thing about chemistry, isn’t it? There’s never an explanation for it. It’s just one of those things that happens.”