Last month, we talked about how weird and cool and, yeah, still pretty weird it is that Helen Mirren has revealed her long-held “great ambition” to be in a Fast & Furious movie. About a year ago, she made that known publicly.
My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time. I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8 I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving.
And then it was announced that she WOULD be! She was serious and they took her seriously. And once again, she clearly stated her condition.
I’ve always rather loved driving. I said, ‘I’ll be in it, but only if I’m allowed to drive if I do drive in it.’ But we’ll see. We’ll see how it transpires.
You got that, F&F producers? You’re gonna have Helen Freaking Mirren in your movie, under one condition. She wants to drive. So what do you do? YOU LET HER DRIVE, RIGHT?
She told EW today,
“I wanted to be driving, but unfortunately, I’m not,” she says, shrugging. “Maybe that will come in the future, in Fast and Furious 12.” She pauses. “I’m probably one of the few people on the set who know how to drive a gear shift car. I doubt the Rock knows,” she jokes. “But I do. I know how to double declutch.”
Potential consolation: Helen Mirren DEFINITELY just threw down a gauntlet in front of the Rock. Excited to see how that one plays out.