Cardi B Was Scared To Work With Vin Diesel On F9
Rapper Cardi B was initially scared to be working with Vin Diesel in F9. F9, which is the tenth film in the overarching Fast and Furious franchise, came out on June 25. The film, directed by Justin Lin, picks up with Dom Toretto’s peace and quiet being shattered by his brother teaming up with former villain Cipher to bring him down. The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Michael Rooker, Ludacris, and John Cena.
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Rapper Cardi B, whose chart-topping hits include “Up,” “WAP,’ and “I Like It,” made a special cameo appearance in the film. Cardi B plays Dom’s old friend Leysa, who he presumably met while in the Dominican Republic. She reunites with him at Otto’s party at Hatfield House in London. When Dom is arrested at the party by Interpol, it turns out to be a ruse put on by Leysa and her team to help him escape.
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Cardi B’s F9 cameo was arranged because Vin Diesel’s daughter is a huge fan of hers. However, that didn’t stop her from being incredibly intimidated to work with him. Speaking with People, Cardi B explained that she was “scared” because he “always plays this serious guy.” However, once she met him she realized he was “so nice, so dope.” Read the full quote here:
You know Vin Diesel, he always plays this very serious guy. I was scared, but he’s so nice, so dope, he makes you feel so comfortable, that’s pretty cool.
[After the shoot, he said,] “By the way, I really am proud of you.”
It speaks to how intimidating Vin Diesel is that even the famously self-confident Cardi B felt nervous. However, it seems that he knows what kind of impression he creates in people, so the lengths he went to to help her feel comfortable are certainly an excellent move. His involvement in the decision to have Cardi B come on in the first place also speaks to how invested he is in the inner workings of the franchise that he has been a part of for 20 years now.
Although she was naturally anxious to be working with macho megastar, this is not Cardi B’s first foray into film (she previously made an appearance in Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers in 2019). Nor will it be her last. Cardi B has been confirmed to return in Fast and Furious 10, and she was just cast as the lead in the upcoming comedy Assisted Living. Being in front of the camera is a natural fit for Cardi B, who began her career on the VH1 reality series Love and Hip Hop: New York, and it will be exciting to see if F9 and her subsequent films will push her career in a whole new direction.
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