Vin Diesel may have been synonymous with the Fast and Furious
franchise, but did you know Vin was not the first choice actor to
play the iconic role of Dominic Toretto in Fast and Furious films?
In fact it was actor Timothy Olyphant who was first offered the
role to play Dominic Toretto.
"I had been working with Paul Walker on another movie, 'Skulls',
and I gave him the script [for The Fast and the Furious]... Rob
Cohen, who I had made 'The Rat Pack' with, we gave him the script.
The two of them liked the idea." Said producer Neal H. Moritz
"And then we had to look for Dom Toretto. The studio said, 'If
you can get Timothy Olyphant to play that role we will greenlight
the movie.'" Moritz added.
However, Moritz also said that the Fast and Furious franchise
has been lucky as Timothy Olyphant turned down the offer and Vin
Diesel eventually got the role.
"The luckiest thing that ever happened to us is Tim Olyphant
turned us down. He's a great actor. In fact, I'm curious to see
what that movie would have been." Stated Moritz.
"I went and met him at Kate Mantilini restaurant and he wasn't a
star yet, but the great thing about Vin is he always believed he
was a star..." Recalled Moritz.
"And I was going in there to think he's coming to me to want the
role and I'm the one there now having to convince him to do the
role! Lucky for both of us that happened. And then we started to
make the movie." Moritz explained further.