Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 by
The Fast & Furious movies have provided plenty of attention-grabbing, zeitgeist-defining moments throughout its impressive run (starting all the way back in 2001, well before the MCU was even a glimmer in Kevin Feige’s eye!). With the recently-released F9: The Fast Saga, we’ve officially reached the zenith of the franchise when it comes to unbelievable stunts, returning characters, and Vin Diesel glowering at everybody in sight.
But, of course, social media latched onto one specific moment out of all others: when we take a detour through London for no other reason than to reunite with the appropriately-named Queenie (Helen Mirren), returning after prior appearances in The Fate of the Furious and Hobbes & Shaw. Queenie takes Dominic Toretto on a joyride in a wildly expensive (not to mention stolen) supercar, exhibiting a shocking amount of chemistry between herself and Diesel in the process. But should they have kissed? Mirren thinks so — with a catch.
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Okay, let’s not beat around the bush. To the disappointment of some, Mirren seems to mostly shoot down this whole kissing thing before it can even get off the ground. “A very chaste kiss would be nice, yes,” she gently suggests to. But don’t lose all hope, as she then goes on to enthuse about her real-life affection for her lovable co-star.
“What an honor to find myself driving him, and also very intimidating. Vin doesn’t make it intimidating — he was so easy and lovely — but the technology of this kind of filming is very complex, and it’s a world I’m not that familiar with at all. So it was a great help to have a good friend sitting next to me, for sure. And just to hear that voice!
I mean, Vin has the most unbelievable voice. I go a bit gooey when I hear it. That velvety brown rumble in your ear is so fabulous to experience for a whole day or two. It is like hearing the most incredibly well-oiled engine.”
Look, say what you want about Vin Diesel and his abilities as a movie star, but you’re clearly doing something right when you manage to get Mirren to describe you in such positively glowing terms. And Mirren gushes even further that if Diesel “only if he talks to me before and after” this hypothetical kiss, “of course” she would be on board. “Because it’s the voice that I really get off on, quite honestly,” she said.
If we never get the torrid, full-fledged Dom/Queenie love affair this franchise so clearly deserves, at least we can hang our hats on that.
In between providing tidbits about Diesel being a bit of a mama’s boy (seriously,to read the interview in full for yourself), Mirren mostly just seems thrilled to even be a small but crucial part of these movies, and for the opportunity to get behind the wheel herself — on location in London, no less!
“Oh my God, it’s totally why I wanted to be in the movies! In reality, they wrote lovely scenes for me, and I was part of the creation of the character in the first place — I wanted her to be called Queenie and come from that kind of East End family I know a little bit about — but I mostly wanted to be behind the wheel of a car and, of course, that didn’t happen for two of the movies. Somehow, they made it work for this movie, which was fantastic.”
May we all live our lives one quarter mile at a time the way Helen Mirren has. F9 is currently in theaters if you just want to watch this one scene all over again.
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