Furious 7 Huge Box Office Proves Diverse Casting Pays Off

April 6, 2015 6:34 PM

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Furious 7 Huge Box Office Proves Diverse Casting Pays Off

Given how white-washed this summer’s blockbusters look—from The Avengers to Jurassic World—it’s no surprise that audiences rushed to see Furious 7 this weekend, which grossed a whopping $385 million internationally. People want to see characters who look like them represented in the movies, and Fast and Furious is currently the only major action franchise that boasts a truly diverse cast.

In any other series, a handsome white guy like Paul Walker would be the sole hero. With the baby blues of Daniel Craig and a six-pack like Channing Tatum, he looks the part—it was part of what made him such a bankable star in the years leading up to his death. And ostensibly, Walker was the star of ...

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