Furious 7 comes out in theaters today. So, lets look back on some of the earlier roles of the cast.
Aside from a supporting role in Saving Private Ryan, Vin Diesel's first big role was the voice of the Iron Giant. See the resemblance? One of my favorite animated films, this Brad Bird directed underrated classic holds a Certified Fresh rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The first time I remember seeing Paul Walker was in the fantasy comedy-drama Pleasantville. The movie pokes and prods at the nostalgia for the early 50's and tv shows of the day. It holds a Certified Fresh and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Walker played captain of the basketball team Skip Martin. Mr. Walker is surely missed.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Aside from his persona in the wrestling ring, The Rock has sure rolled his way up the Hollywood ladder. Starting off as the CGI villain The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson has sure come a long way to be staring as a villain in a DC movie: Shazam! in 2019.
Statham's career started on a high note with Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels which has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. He's had a slew of films just below fresh, but I'm not going to say that to his face.
After a string of tv movies and appearances on a variety of television shows, Russell became a household name as Snake in Escape From New York in 1981. The movie holds a Certified Fresh 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1984 for his role in Silkwood. My favorites are still Tango and Cash, Overboard and Tombstone!
Rodriguez started kicking butt in Girlfight, a sports drama film about a girl who has to rise up against her family and being a woman to battle the best in boxing. It's critically acclaimed as well with a certified fresh 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. I didn't realize all the acting talent in these movies!
One of my favorite cult horror movies of all time, Jordana Brewster started out in motion pictures with The Faculty. It's this fun, crazy scenario where the teachers/jocks are evil, the students become drones, and the outsiders have to save the day. Actually, doesn't sound that crazy from a high school-er's perspective which is probably why it only has a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In the midst of a sucessful R&B career, Tyrese Gibson started along side Snoop Dogg in a coming-of-age drama Baby Boy. It received mixed reviews with a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. The second movie he ever stared in was his debut to the Fast & Furious Franchise- 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Another musician turned actor, Ludacris' first substantial role in a movie was in 2 Fast 2 Furious. He's been in four of the seven movies in the franchise.
There's the flashback into the beginning of our Furious 7 cast!