The Fast and Furious film franchise has come a long way since the street-racing premise of its first outing in 2001 and leading star Vin Diesel’s salary reflects that.
Variety, the weekly entertainment magazine, reported the salaries for some of Hollywood's biggest stars on Tuesday, including Diesel, who made US$20 million for his role in last year's eighth Fast and Furious film, The Fate of the Furious.
As one of its original and biggest stars, Diesel’s pay has increased along with the growing success of the franchise, which has made more than US$5 billion from its films worldwide.
Diesel also served as a producer on The Fate of the Furious – as he has done on every film since 2009’s fourth instalment, Fast & Furious.
He received a performance bonus, too because the film made US$1.2 billion worldwide.
Brotherhood... and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer... and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne... I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed... but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon... stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
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However, Diesel's efforts have not been drama free.
In 2016, franchise co-star Dwayne Johnson posted a message to Facebook on the last week of filming The Fate of the Furious calling out some of the film’s actors for being unprofessional.
It was later revealed that Johnson was referring to Diesel, and the two have not exactly got over their beef – Johnson suggested recently that he still feels some ill will towards Diesel.
The ninth Fast and Furious film will be released in April 2020, after being pushed back a year from its original release date in 2019.
It is not known whether Johnson will be involved in the film.
The next film in the franchise will be a spin-off, starring Johnson and Jason Statham, called Hobbs and Shaw in 2019.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.