Vin Diesel says Havana is a paradise

Posted: 11-May-16 12:46

Hollywood star, film director, screenwriter and producer Vin Diesel is currently shooting Fast & Furious in Havana, where the presence of a big Hollywood crew with its trucks, cars, and gear has become a major event, attracting crowds of curious people to the different locations selected for the movie. The peculiarity of Cuba being a set for big cinema productions and concerts is that celebrities are showing up in the most unpredictable places, eager to get to grips with the local culture from the inside.

Vin Diesel says Havana is a paradise

Havana´s traffic has been unusually jammed since the end of March when the shooting of the eighth sequel of the Fast & Furious saga kicked off. A huge display of old American cars, big trucks, and fancy modern vehicles has captured the attention of neighbours and tourists in El Vedado and Centro Habana, the main locations selected to appear in the 11 minutes of the movie now being shot in Cuba.

Actor Vin Diesel, who incarnates Dominic Toretto, the main character in the saga, uploaded a video to his Instagram account in which he appears with the director of the film, F. Gary Gray, sharing his impressions about the Caribbean island.

“We are at a place that nobody ever thought would be possible, we are in Havana, Cuba. You can see how beautiful it is, with all these beautiful people… There is a lot of love here and we are just really proud to be here, this is Paradise.”

Said Diesel on the video that has been watched by thousands of users on social networks.

The actor filmed the short clip in the corner of Infanta y San Lazaro, a very populated and congested area, near the University of Havana. Traffic jams have changed the routines of many Cubans in that part of the city and in the area of the Malecon that is closest to the Hotel Nacional, but most of the locals seem to be enjoying the picturesque spectacle.

As part of the Original Films, One Race Films and Universal Pictures’ mega production, a black helicopter has been flying over the city during these days, which is also a very atypical spectacle in Havana.

For the producers of the franchise, it´s common practice to shoot in “exotic” locations like Cuba; but for the island, hosting projects like this is a major challenge, as the infrastructure to support them is scarce and tourism facilities are stretched to the max due to increasing demand after the government agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations with U.S. – the former foe from the north.

Visiting the Caribbean country these days can be full of surprises, as tourists can unexpectedly meet celebrities who are arriving in the city almost every week and showing up in the most unpredictable places. At the beginning of May, a group of Chanel´s top models caught the attention of many people in the streets of Old Havana as they enjoyed their free time drinking coconut juice and posing with vintage cars before the brand´s first show in Latin America, which took place last Tuesday 3rd May in El Prado, Havana. Vin Diesel was also part of the selected croud which enjoyed the event.

Locals and tourists enjoying holidays in Cuba over the next few months can expect to soon meet Benicio del Toro and Leonardo Di Caprio, as they recently announced their participation in new Hollywood production “The Corporation”, a film about the Cuban mafia in the 1950s.


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