Ludacris has responded to critics who have continued to ask why the Fast And Furious franchise continues to put out sequels.
During a conversation with the All The Smoke podcast this week, the rapper and actor shared that he and the rest of the cast are constantly asked why they keep making more Fast movies.
“That’s the dumbest fucking question in the world. I’m going to tell you why,” Luda told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. “Because no matter what industry we’re in: podcasts, music, movies — it’s all about a bottom line.”
“It’s all about how much you spend compared to how much you make. We’re making billions of fucking dollars,” Luda continued, pointing to the franchise’s success spanning over two decades. “Bro, and I’m saying that like, I’m giving you my heart. I’m not trying to brag or nothing.
“So when you say — when some of ya’ll keep saying, ‘Why the fuck do ya’ll keep shooting these movies?’ Let me tell you why. ‘Cause if you spend $200million and you make a billion, who the fuck is going to tell you to stop shooting the movies when you making 800 muthafuckin’ million dollars. How?”
“I need people to stop asking that, even if you don’t like [the movies]. Even if you don’t want to watch it, stop asking that God damn question,” the 45-year-old concluded.
Ludacris’ candid commentary comes on the heels of news that the franchise’s leading man, Vin Diesel is already planning the future of Fast & Furious with a handful of spin-offs.
According to Variety, Diesel recently revealed that Fast & Furious spin-offs are already in the works, including a female-led installment. “I started developing the female spin-off in 2017 with other spin-offs, and the sooner I deliver the finale, the sooner I can launch all the spin-offs.”
Earlier this year, the Fast & Furious films — consisting of 12 movies — surpassed the $7billion mark following the release of Fast X, the first of a two-part finale, which made Universal the first studio to exceed $1billion at the domestic box office in 2023.
The staple stars of the franchise include Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and the late Paul Walker, to name a few. More recent additions have included the likes of Cardi B, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson and Jason Momoa.
On the music front, Ludacris has said that his recent run of freestyles is his way of proving to the world that “still got it” when it comes to the rhymes, despite his lack of output.
“When I was young, I feel like some of my favorite rappers, once they get to a certain point, it’s almost like you wish that they were still kind of hungry and you feel like they don’t have it necessarily like they used to,” Luda said during a recent appearance on the Tamron Hall Show.
“I never wanted to be that. So it’s extremely important for me to prove to people that even though I’m doing all this other stuff, make no mistake, I still got it and I’m still as hungry.”