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Vin Diesel Shares Which Heartwarming Fast And Furious Scene Was Inspired By His Life

On the surface, the "Fast & Furious" franchise may all be about fast cars and launching characters into death-defying stunts, but underneath it all, it's all about family. 

After a year of being stuck inside, moviegoers finally had the chance to drive over to their local cineplex to see what Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) get into this time around. Critics, including Looper's own Dominic Griffin, couldn't get enough of the high-octane action. The franchise may be long in the tooth at this point, but these movies can still kick it into high gear when necessary.

At first glance, it may be hard to imagine what scene in "F9" could come from real life. From the world-ending plot hatched by Jakob Toretto (John Cena) to driving a car off a cliff only for it to rebound onto another ledge, these movies tend to come across as larger-than-life. However, there's one heartfelt scene that exists because it really happened to Vin Diesel.

The scene with Dom and his son comes straight from Vin Diesel's life

This franchise started in 2001, and 20 years later, it's become one of the most prolific franchises on the planet. The crew has come a long way from stealing DVD players, and it has no signs of slowing down any time soon, with at least two more movies coming out in the near future. Dom Toretto has remained a consistent fixture across those decades, and Vin Diesel recently spoke with GamesRadar+ to discuss how his time playing the same character has evolved. 

One of the most reflective quotes to come out of the conversation arrives when Diesel says, "There is a moment when you don't know where your life ends and the movie starts." He then provides the following story of how his real-life experiences seeped into the franchise's mythos: "I love that scene where Dom's putting his son to sleep and a son says, 'Daddy, do you know where God is?' And then points to my heart. That was something that my daughter did when I was putting her to sleep. I never would have thought of that poetry. It was such a special moment. I felt like it was representative of the Fast universe somehow."

The moment truly encapsulates everything the "Fast & Furious" franchise stands for. The crew doesn't just save the world to stop the bad guys. They're doing it to protect their loved ones and ensure they continue having a planet to live on. Dom Toretto isn't just some punk street racer anymore. He has a wife and child whom he'll literally go to the ends of the Earth to protect. 

You can see the next chapter of the "Fast & Furious" saga in theaters now.