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Around the “Fast and Furious 9” in China, a scandal broke out

Actor John Cena, who played the role of Dominic Toretto's brother in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 9, said in a television interview that Taiwan “will be the first country to see the film.” Despite the fact that Taiwan has been under independent administration for half a century, the Chinese still considers the island part of their state, which caused a wave of indignation in one of the key markets.

The Chinese market, due to the huge population and numerous cinemas, is one of the key ones for Hollywood, so any scandals related to the rental of American films in this country usually harm the final collections. The other day, an embarrassment occurred with John Cena — he had to apologize for the fact that in one of the interviews dedicated to the release of “Fast and Furious 9”, he said that Taiwan “will be the first country to see the film.”

A few weeks after the release of this interview, a wave of indignation rose in the Chinese segment of the Internet. The fact is that the Chinese still considers Taiwan a part of the PRC, although, since the beginning of the 50s of the XX century, this province has been governed independently of China. Probably, the Universal studio paid attention to what was happening and asked John Xin to record an appeal to the citizens of the People's Republic of China. Cena made a video in which he explains in Mandarin (the language the actor and former wrestler learned many years ago) that he made a mistake in his interview, although he does not state what exactly.

However, in the two days that have passed since the publication of the video with an apology on the social network Weibo, the situation with the rental has not changed dramatically. The Chinese did not like the ninth “Fast and Furious”, and the scandal that happened because of the interview with John Cena, only aggravated what was happening. The rating of “Fast and Furious 9” falls, including due to a bad sundress. At the start, the film has mastered 136.5 million dollars — this is the best starting result since the release of the movie “Avengers: Finale”. However, “Fast and Furious 8” for the same period has mastered 184.9 million dollars. At the ninth “Fast and Furious” fees continue to sink, which means that it will be very difficult to reach the final fees of the predecessor — $392.8 million.

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