“Paul Walker Had Sent Him” – Hollywood Star Vin Diesel Makes a Confession About His Co-Star John Cena

Published 06/29/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


By now, everyone knows that WWE star John Cena plays the role of Jakob Toretto in the iconic Fast and Furious series. Jakob is the brother of the main characters Dominic ‘Dom’ Toretto and Mia Toretto, and the anti-hero of F9.

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F9 has built Jakob in such a way that he will return and be one of the main characters in the Fast and Furious series. Many had stipulated that John Cena’s character Jakob might replace Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker) in the series (in terms of importance).

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Now, Vin Diesel, who plays the character of Dom, has reiterated the same feeling. During a recent episode on the Kelly Clarkson Show, Diesel reveals why and how John Cena became Jakob.

“Obviously I’m multicultural. You could’ve cast anybody to be my brother,” Diesel said. “For two months before I went into filming, I created a shrine where I could do all the combat training, all the stunts and I had the Charger there to simulate the garage to get into the Dom state of mind.”

“Now the idea of the brother worked great on paper, but when the time came to cast it, anxiety,” he confessed.“Who could you cast to be Dom’s brother and 20 years into the game? The audience knows our mythology so much.”

The first movie came out in 2001, and there have been 10 films, including a spin-off film. Introducing the main character’s long-lost brother in the form of John Cena was indeed very tricky after so long.

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Vin Diesel believes Paul Walker sent John Cena into the Fast and Furious franchise

The fandom of Fast and Furious has grown with the franchise since the first movie came out in 2001. Any mishap would not be tolerated. In this situation, John Cena came in. According to Diesel, the late Paul Walker (whom he called Pablo) had sent the WWE icon.

“He [Cena] comes into the shrine one morning, and I had this strange feeling… If you look back at my Instagram, you’d see the post, cause I thanked Pablo. Cause I had this strange feeling that Paul Walker had sent him,” Diesel said.

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In the movie, Brian was like a brother to Dom and is eventually welcomed into the family when he married Dom and Jakob’s (John Cena’s character) sister Mia. Paul Walker played the role of Brian from 2001 till his unfortunate demise in 2013.

Both Kelly Clarkson and Vin Diesel agreed the arrival of Cena was “very magical”; especially when it seemed Walker had sent him. You can check the full clip below –

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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