During the promotion of the film, Cena made a mistake that the Chinese community did not like very much
After multiple delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will finally arrive
to theaters this month and although many expect to see the supposed sequence in space, the promotion of the film did not start on the right foot and
caused a big drop at the box office in China.
This whole thing started when Dinner, who plays Jacok, Don Toreto’s brother, in this new installment of the franchise, gave an interview to the Taiwanese network TVBs in which he said a somewhat unfortunate comment.
“Taiwan is the first country to see ‘F9′”, He said, although the actor was unaware that Taiwan is an autonomous democratic island, but China claims it as its sovereign territory despite the fact that both parties are governed separately.
Days after the controversy, the actor offered an apology on Weibo, the popular social media platform very similar to Twitter. “I have done many interviews for ‘Fast and Furious’ and in one of them I made a mistake (…) I made a mistake, I must say, and it is very, very important. I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I’m very sorry for my mistake, I’m sorry. I sincerely apologize, you must understand. I really love and respect the Chinese people, ”he said.
As he never spoke of Taiwan, the Chinese detractors made it clear that they could not accept his apology if they do not accept that the country is part of China, thus impacting the box office.
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In the countries where it was already released, ‘Fast and Furious 9’ raised more than 162 million dollars, of which 135 million correspond only to China. After the controversy,
reported that the box office fell 85% in its second week on the big screen in the Asian country.
This is not the first time a film has struggled at the box office in China.
was withdrawn from the cinema of said country for a joke that they considered racist, while
had problems because of the protagonist’s statements about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The movie ‘Fast and Furious 9’ It will premiere in Mexico on June 24, if you go to see it remember that we are still in a pandemic, so wear your mask all the time, follow the recommendations of the cinema chain and enjoy the movie.