The Fast & Furious movies shouldn’t embrace the future of “boring” electric cars, said one of the stars of the franchise.
Blockbuster films began with a focus on street racing, but now feature international heists and are loved by tankers for the dozens of gas-guzzling supercars on display.
But exotic vehicles could soon become anachronisms, with fossil-fueled automobiles facing an uncertain future due to climate change.
Sung Kang, who reprized his fan-favorite role of Han Lue in Fast & Furious’s most recent F9, doesn’t think the franchise should go electric.
“As a motorist, I hope not,” he told the PA news agency to mark the release of the director’s cut from F9. “Come on, let’s keep it on gas as much as possible.
“It’s the future (electric cars), it’s inevitable, and they’re always a bit boring, electric cars.
“We need V12. Electric cars are so quiet that the visceral sound effect is not there. You want American iron or turbos or nitrous, compressors to be the backdrop. That’s why we fall in love with these cars.
F9, which featured a star-studded cast including Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Dame Helen Mirren, hit theaters in June and set several box office records around the time of the pandemic.
The first film, The Fast And The Furious, hit the big screen in 2001, but the franchise was rocked by the death of star Paul Walker in 2013.
The 40-year-old was killed in a car crash in southern California.
Kang, 49, believes Walker’s death contributed to the films’ enduring popularity by bringing stars and fans together.
He told PA: “All of us, as a cast, team and audience, have lost someone who is really important to us.
“And I think that’s why this franchise means so much and it’s so powerful around the world. It’s unified.
“There’s that sense of family and it looks so cliched and a little silly at times, but I think that’s where it comes from.
“That word, ‘family’ comes up all the time in this franchise and I think when you lose a family member, you either get together or you run away. It’s really great that we were all able to come together like this.
F9’s Director’s Cut is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.