'F9' director explains why there's a seemingly never-ending 'Star Wars' joke in the latest 'Fast & Furious' movie: 'I was the 'Star Trek' kid'
Justin Lin tells Insider that he was the Star Trek kid who grew up with a group of friends who loved Star Wars. insider
"F9" contains an expanded "Star Wars" joke that goes on a little too long.
Director Justin Lin explains his insertion into the film and says he grew up a "Star Trek" fan.
Lin thought it was funny as he was always referred to as "the Star Trek" kid no matter what he was working on.
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Director Justin Lin never worried about incorporating this expanded Star Wars joke into F9, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise. He also wasn't nervous about getting a call from Disney about its length.
While discussing the home release of F9: The Director's Cut, Lin told Insider that the really long streak on Yoda and a galaxy far, far away had some deep roots in his childhood.
“When I was growing up, all of my friends were Star Wars fans. All I've heard is 'Star Wars', but I was the 'Star Trek' kid.
"I was fortunate enough to be part of this franchise for a chapter," he added, referring to 2016's Star Trek Beyond, which he directed, starring Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.
About an hour and 20 minutes after "Fast 9", Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) and Cipher (Charlize Theron) exchange a seemingly endless "Star Wars" joke that becomes more and more unpleasant as the sequel continues.
The gist is that Otto tries to compare himself to Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. Cipher contradictingly decides that he is Yoda. Otto initially accepts the argument "because he is a powerful Jedi".
The joke could have stopped there. Instead, Cipher says Yoda is a puppet "with someone's hand in his ass". Otto leaves speechless and the scene ends.
Charlize Theron has a smaller role than Cipher in "F9". Universal images
The scene is so bizarre that the expanded joke briefly takes you out of the movie. If you've seen the movie at the cinema, you may even have looked around at friends or family sitting next to you wondering what was going on.
According to Lin, it was all for fun.
"I like to throw little stitches at 'Star Wars'. I think it's fun to do that," Lin said.
Justin Lin told Insider that it was time to throw a few tricks on Star Wars. Universal Pictures, Insider
Lin, who is also executive producer on HBO Max's "Warrior," and has directed episodes of "Community" and "True Detective," said "Fast 9" feels like the perfect movie to make a "Star Wars" - Insert joke.
"In this chapter where we have a character who's always throwing up pop and cultural references, it felt like it was time to throw that punch on Star Wars," Lin said.
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