Timothy Olyphant recently reflected on his decision to turn down the role of Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise. He believes that the franchise wouldn’t have been as successful with him in the role, and he has no regrets about his decision. Olyphant, known for his roles in films like Hitman and TV shows like Justified, Deadwood, and The Mandalorian, praises Vin Diesel for his contribution to the success of Fast & Furious.
Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious Franchise
Olyphant, who has had a successful career in both film and television, has starred in a number of popular projects such as Scream 2, Hitman, Justified, Deadwood, Santa Clarita Diet, and The Mandalorian. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel went on to play Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise, appearing in ten movies with two more in the works.
During an episode of Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Olyphant discussed roles he rejected or wasn’t cast in, including Fast & Furious. When asked if he believes the franchise would be as successful if he had taken the role, Olyphant admitted that he didn’t think so. He acknowledged that Vin Diesel is a unique actor who has contributed to the franchise’s success. While Olyphant hasn’t seen the movies himself, he feels that Diesel was the right choice for the role.
After turning down Fast & Furious, Olyphant went on to have a successful career. He portrayed assassin Agent 47 in 2007’s Hitman and appeared in various action and horror films such as Live Free and Die Hard, A Perfect Getaway, and The Crazies. However, some of Olyphant’s most recognizable characters come from his work on television, where he has played leading and supporting roles in celebrated series like Deadwood, Justified, and The Mandalorian. He has also ventured into comedy, playing a fictionalized version of himself in The Good Place.
Although Olyphant could have made a solid Dominic Toretto, he praises Vin Diesel for his performance and the impact he has had on the Fast & Furious franchise. Diesel’s portrayal of Toretto, with his gruff declarations of family and enthusiasm for the series, has become synonymous with the franchise. With Olyphant’s successful career and leading roles in other productions after declining the role, it is clear that he has no regrets about his decision to turn down Fast & Furious.