You may have noticed — or even contributed to — the hashtag #JusticeforHan after watching “The Fate of the Furious,” and The Powers That Be have taken note.
Fans were not happy to see the movie end with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) being welcomed into Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) family when we know Shaw killed Dom’s crew buddy Han (Sung Kang).
Did they forget about him?
The L.A. Times talked to the cast and filmmakers about it, and Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz) is 100 percent with fans. “I know,” she said “When [Deckard] was introduced, they didn’t even think for us to give him any flack when he walked in. And we were like, ‘Yo, dude, this guy killed one of our boys! You know it doesn’t fly like that!'”
So what happened? Here’s where Rodriguez gets candid:
“At the end of the day, you’re talking about a Hollywood demographic blockbuster character overriding story. That’s the battle that you have when you make movies this big. They were like, ‘We know that the grand majority of the audience wants to see this guy be on your side, so that overrides the fact that he killed one of your guys.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s going to fly when we hit the Asian markets, but all right,'” she laughed. “I don’t write this stuff. What can I tell you?”
The guy who did write it is screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan, who hinted to answers ahead in the next two sequels.
“Justice for Han … justice for Han,” he repeated to the L.A. Times, when discussing the fan hashtag. “I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on it down the road. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han. Look, I am literally the biggest Han/Sung Kang fan in the world. But I would say this. From the initial conceit of Deckard [Shaw], I’ve never really thought of him as a bad guy. He was definitely against our team but he’s a guy with a code who loves his family.”
It sounds like we might get more background on Shaw ahead. Jason Statham told the Times he’s never been interested in playing some “villainous baddie that wants to blow up the world and steal all the money and the typical cliché villain type things.” He added:
“It was really important for me to get involved on a level where I could get behind the character. And you know, that whole episode has not fully detailed exactly what happened. I’m not going to say anything more than that! But [Chris Morgan] likes to annoy the fans and please the fans and get all these angry protests. So, more to come.”
Huh. And here’s some bad news for fans still hoping that Han didn’t die and is secretly alive out there: “He did die,” Morgan confirmed, and the Times noted that he sounded apologetic.
So if Han is staying dead, will what Shaw did be justified somehow? There’s still time to turn this car around, now that the producers do understand how much fans still care about Han.
The ninth and tenth “Fast” movies are scheduled for released on April 19, 2019, and April 2, 2021, respectively.
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