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Whether you’re Team Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Team Shaw (Jason Statham), Team Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), or Team Justice For Han (Sung Kang), there’s something for everyone in the first Fast & Furious spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw. Okay, well maybe not everyone, as Justice For Han still hasn’t been served (although it’s been promised that’s it’s coming in the future). But there’s definitely a lot to love in the latest Fast franchise installment. From insane set pieces to adrenaline-infused action sequences, hilarious one-liners to surprising cameos, Hobbs & Shaw is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. There are so many amazing new characters to welcome into the Fast family fold like Kirby and Idris Elba’s Brixton. But there’s one face you may not recognize in the film that absolutely deserves your attention.

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is more than a movie for WWE star Roman Reigns. It’s a culturally rich experience to share with the world.

Reigns, aka Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi, appears on TV weekly as one of WWE’s biggest stars, but the transition from a superhuman in the ring to film actor wasn’t as easy as a phone call. Despite his WWEconnection to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Reigns had to audition for the role of Mateo, not to mention perform the film’s rigorous stunts without the aid of a semi-soft canvas and ring ropes.

Ahead of the film’s wide release on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, Reigns sat down with rolling out to discuss sharing his Samoan culture on the big screen and how filming changed him.

There are a lot of “Hobbs” men in this family. That’s a good thing, wouldn’t you say?

There are, and that’s what we’re trying to build here: an emphasis on family. The world is about to end, and who do you have to lean on? Your family.

The Hobbs family is Samoan — a group of people rarely exposed in-depth on film. Did you feel you had to make sure you represented properly for the culture?

Not really. I represent for the culture in everything I do. One obvious way we represent is how we wear our ink and tattoos. We take a lot of pride in that.

July 15th 2019
WWE Superstar Roman Reigns is set to make his Hollywood film debut next month with the release of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw on Aug. 2. The former WWE Champion will play the role of Mateo Hobbs, a relative of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, and is expected to play a big role in the film’s actions scenes in the latter half of the movie.

Chris Morgan, who has been writing each installment of the Fast & Furious franchise since Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006, spoke with on the red carpet of the film’s world premiere in Hollywood, California on Saturday night and brought up integrating Reigns into the film. Morgan brought up how, at the time of filming, Reigns was still in his battle with leukemia that kept him out of action in WWE from October 2018-March 2019.

In a recent interview with ComicBook, Reigns described what it was like working alongside his cousin on the set of the film.

July 1, 2o19 AOL.COM

Joe Anoa’i’s career as a WWE superstar requires him to play a character on television and at live events hundreds of times a year. Whenever Anoa’i is performing for fans as Roman Reigns, he’s not just pulling off impressive athletic feats, he’s also playing a role.

The task of acting on a weekly — and often nightly —  basis is what makes crossing over into Hollywood a much more seamless affair for professional wrestlers. Major WWE stars like Anoa’i’s cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena and Dave Bautista have all parlayed those skills into careers as blockbuster movie stars.

Now, Anoa’i is getting his chance to try his hand in Hollywood and was thrown head-first into one of the biggest film franchises of all time, starring alongside Johnson in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”

“Within WWE we kind of use a bunch of different disciplines in performing arts,” Anoa’i told AOL. “Where I’m at right now, the huge difference for me would be comparing [film] to the live performance. It’s what is so addicting about sports entertainment, about WWE, about professional wrestling, you get your feedback immediately. It’s very cool to be able to create a world within feature films, television. To build a role and then completely change from character to character. I like all of the different changes between the genres of film.”

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