Friday, October 7, 2011

FAST SIX (Tyrese Speaks)


2011 has been a big year for Tyrese Gibson. His book, "How to Get Out of Your Own Way" hit the New York Times bestseller list, his upcoming album, "Open Invitation" arrives on November 1st and he's starred in two of the summer's most successful summer blockbusters, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fast Five, the latter of which hits Blu-ray and DVD this week.

Tyrese Gibson caught up with the multi-talented star to talk about his return to the role of Roman Pearce, whose previous last appearance in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise had been 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Fans shouldn't worry about him going away again anytime soon, though, as Gibson talks about how Pearce will be returning for Fast Six, hopefully going in production in April of 2012 with a release planned for May 24, 2013.

Q: I guess I should start with some congratulations. You're in two of the biggest movies of the year and an album coming out soon.

Tyrese as Rome
Tyrese Gibson: Oh, man, I'm on an all-time high, sir. It's unreal. Everything has just somehow ended up this way. Even the book, man, is a New York Times bestseller. My book, "How to Get Out of Your Own Way." It's all unreal. It's one of the best years of my life.

Q: Well definitely congrats. Moving into "Fast Five," did you have any idea that it might be as well received as it ended up?

Gibson: To be honest, man, the energy felt big while we were on the set. Vin Diesel and "The Rock" Johnson and all the other stars of the film - those guys have a big following and big supporters. You get that energy out there and I was glad that none of the egos and politics kicked in while we were doing our thing. Vin Diesel is number one on the call sheet. It's his franchise with Paul Walker. You've got "The Rock" Johnson coming in and even myself, bringing some funny and some energy. None of this could have happened if any egos and pride had kicked in. It's a salute to the team and the director and the producers and everybody that helped organize the whole thing.

Q: That seems like a really interesting balance because, while you can't have any ego as an actor, Roman carries a lot of it in his character.

Gibson: Yeah, the character is, but some folks don't know how to jump out of character.

Brian, Rome, Dom & Han 
Q: What's the process going onto the set? How do you channel Roman?

Gibson: My character is pretty simple, man. He's pretty straightforward for me. Roman just gets uncomfortable often and, when he gets uncomfortable, he kind of expresses it through being funny. He reminds me of "Beverly Hills Cop." That character was always about saying funny things in the wrong scenarios. It's like, "Why are you saying that right now?" That's what my character is all about. We kind of found all that stuff on-set and there's so much stuff you can do with it.

Q: Was there anything in particular that you wanted to have happen to Roman or get to do as an actor when you agreed to have him come back?

Gibson: Everything that we talked about it why I agreed to come back. I wanted to make sure my character was played up a bit. I didn't want him to just fall into the background. I wanted him to have some moments that added to the mission. These things were achieved, you know? Once you know that it's Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's film franchise, you know that the movie is going to be about them. We're kind of the assistants on the mission.

Q: One of the fun things about Roman is that he instantly has a unique dynamic with every member of the cast.

Gibson: (Laughs) I try my best, sir!

Rome & Tej
Q: Coming up, are you getting ready for "Fast Six"?

Gibson: Yeah, hopefully that gets going in April. We'll see what happens.

Q: Anything in particular that you want to see happen to Roman?

Gibson: I just want to see him be more of a key player. I want to see him making some of the decisions as far as missions and things that we're doing. To feel a little more part of the mission. Instead of having orders thrown my way, I'd like to take the lead and decide what we need to do.

Q: There were rumors back during the release of "Fast Five" that "Fast Six" would head to Europe. Is that still the case?

Gibson: Hopefully! I wouldn't mind getting out of here for awhile.

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