Vin Diesel Wants The Next "Fast And The Furious" To Be Shot In The PhilippinesVin Diesel has truly fallen in love with the Philippines and the Filipinos' warm and hospitable personality. The Hollywood actor wants to shoot the next "Fast And The Furious" in the Philippines, and said he will talk with its producers to make that possible.
During the press junket of the "Fast & Furious 6" in Fairmont, Makati, Diesel said he fell in love with the country and its people.
He has already heard about the Philippines from his sister-in-law, who is a Filipina, but this is the first time he was able to visit the Southeast Asian country.
He arrived in Manila on May 13 via a private jet, together with co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Luke Evans, to grace the Manila leg premiere of their new film.
Diesel said he was very happy to know that "Fast & Furious 6" was the first Hollywood movie to premiere in the Philippines.
The next day after he arrived, the actor explored the city via a rented jeepney. Photos of the Hollywood star riding the said jeepney spread on social networking sites.
He shared that while touring the city, a guy selling cigarettes on the street recognized him inside the jeepney.
"He [cigarette vendor] lit up like a Christmas tree and this is a guy that’s working in the streets, selling stuff to cars going by. He forgot about all that, I just saw his heart come out. It makes me fall in love with the Philippines," Diesel shared.
Witnessing the street vendor's reaction upon seeing him, he said, is a true testament to the Filipinos' loving and warm nature.
“I think it is reflected in the street vendor that came up to the car and I think it is reflected in the huge global stars like Manny [Pacquiao]. I think he is just as giving and just as generous and welcoming like that street vendor. That says a lot about the people.”
The world premiere of "Fast & Furious 6" happened at the Music Hall at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City last Wednesday.
Thousands of fans gathered to greet the three stars who were able to come to Manila. Paul Walker cancelled at the last minute.
“Mahal ko kayo! I love Manila! I love you all so much! We are so proud to do the first Hollywood premiere here in the Philippines. This is the best place I’ve ever been to in my life," he told teh crowd.
As soon as there are plans to revive the franchise for a seventh film, Diesel said he will talk personally with Universal Studios, so they can check if the movie can be done in the Philippines.
"Bourne Legacy," which starred Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, was shot in Manila and Palawan.
Such is Diesel's "love" for the Philippines that he told an Indonesian journalist that the Filipinos are "incredible."
"I wouldn’t trade a trip to the Philippines for anything. The people here are so wonderful. They have this kind of warmth, and welcoming energy that I don’t see everywhere. I don’t think the world realizes how special the Philippines is, it’s a special place."