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Feb 04, 2014 02:52 PM EST | Shane Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fast and Furious 7 is doing its best to survive the tragedy of Paul Walker's terrible car crash last November. The franchise has had to contend with leaked trailers and constant speculation about how the movie will be completed. Most recently, Kurt Russell, who has been added to the film to play a father figure to Vin Diesel's character, condoned the use of steroids in Major League Baseball during an interview to promote his new baseball documentary. Also, Paul Walker's autopsy revealed that he was alive following the initial crash
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Kurt Russell is almost too straight a shooter. After the 62-year-old Hollywood icon publicly admitted that the entire Fast 7 script was being rewritten, he sat down with Variety to dish about his fairly liberal views on the role of steroids in baseball.
After news that Russell was taking one of the newly created parts, meant to offset the loss of Walker, in Fast 7, Kurt told Metro that he couldn't start filming because the script is still in pieces (via EntertainmentWise):
"They're having to rewrite, they're having to do whatever they're having to do to deal with the situation. It's catastrophic. It's the worst thing that could happen to a movie but it's not as bad as what happened to Paul. So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs. It's just a situation that they'll work out and, at that time, I'll go back to work."
Now, Kurt is out there drumming up some interest in his new documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball.
Though it is doubtful that he got the kind of attention he was looking for from his interview with Variety, when Russell, a onetime minor league player, explained his nuanced view of the role steroids should have in the game (via Gotcha Movies):
"I think that baseball once again is doing something that is taking a line of thought that isn't entirely logical," said Russell. "I have a son who wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for the availability of steroids. I think it was [Jose] Canseco who needed steroids for his back because he had a back. You can't just say willy nilly steroids are a bad thing...if doctors are brought in the scene and it's controlled properly, who's to say over the next 10 years we wouldn't find the proper usage of it."
Sounds like Russell still knows how to party.
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