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Gisele Yashar
The Fast and the Furious character
An image of a woman with brown hair and dark clothes looking towards the camera.
First appearance Fast & Furious
Last appearance Furious 7
Created by Chris Morgan
Portrayed by Gal Gadot
Information
Aliases Gisele Harabo
Gender Female
Occupation
  • Liaison

Weapons expert

Significant other(s) Han Lue
Nationality Israeli
Status Deceased

Gisele Yashar[a] is a fictional character, portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who appears in The Fast and The Furious franchise. Introduced in the 2009 film Fast & Furious, she helps Dominic Toretto and his team, and forms a romantic relationship with Han Lue. The character is killed in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6. Yashar was Gadot’s first major film role, with American director Justin Lin hiring her based on her previous experiences in the military. Gadot performed her own stunts during the shooting of the films.

Media outlets characterized Yashar through her sexuality. Reaction to the character was mixed: some critics praised the representation of Yashar's sexuality and her relationship with Lue; while others felt her character was either unrealistic or represented a part of the franchise's poor treatment of women. Gadot's performance received positive feedback, with several commentators requesting that the actress reprise her role in a future film.

Role[edit]

In Fast & Furious (2009), Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot) is introduced as a liaison for drug trafficker Auturo Braga (John Ortiz). She develops romantic feelings for Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), but he rejects her advances. She advises him about the dangers involved in smuggling heroin across the Mexico–United States border to complete a deal with Braga. The drug exchange results in an ambush instigated by Braga, with Toretto protecting Yashar. She helps Toretto by providing him with the location of Braga's hideout in Mexico.[2]

Yashar becomes part of Toretto's team as a weapons expert in the 2011 film Fast Five. She is later revealed to be an ex-Mossad agent. She helps the team with a heist, during which she works closely with Han Lue (Sung Kang), and the two develop a romantic relationship. Following the completion of the mission, Yashar and Lue are last shown speeding down the Autobahn, with Yashar sitting in his lap.[3]

At the start of Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Yashar and Lue are living together in Tokyo. Toretto recruits the couple to prevent a heist planned by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), which could potentially kill millions of people. For the mission Yashar draws on her Mossad experience with interrogation, weapons, and retrieval. While attempting to stop a plane, she is left hanging from the back of a Range Rover. Lue attempts to rescue her, but Adolfson (Benjamin Davies), a member of Shaw's gang, uses the opportunity to try and kill him. Yashar lets go of Lue's hand to shoot Adolfson, and she falls to her death. Lue later kills Adolfson in revenge for Yashar's death. At the end of the film, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) says a blessing in Yashar's honor during grace.[4]

In the 2015 film Furious 7, a photo of Yashar is shown in Lue's personal belongings, and it is later placed in his coffin as part of his memorial service. In a deleted scene, it is revealed that Yashar had found Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) after she was nearly killed by Fenix Calderon (Laz Alonso) and taken her to the hospital. Ortiz asked Yashar why she saved her, and Yashar responded: "Maybe you are the one saving me."[5]

Development[edit]

Gisele Yashar was Gal Gadot's first major film role, and the actress felt that it had a major impact on her career.[6][7] She said that her unsuccessful experiences when trying out for Bond girl Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008) had led to other auditions, specifically the one for Yashar.[8] Gadot was cast by American director Justin Lin. The actress said that her background in the military helped with the audition, explainiing: "I think the main reason was that Justin really liked that I was in the Israeli military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[9] In 2017, Gadot also thanked Diesel for his input over her selection for the role.[7] Yohana Desta of Vanity Fair identified the character of Yashar as "a breakthrough part that gave Gadot some mainstream recognition".[8]

When discussing her initial response to The Fast and The Furious franchise, Gadot said: "We don't do those kind of movies [in Israel], with those kind of standards".[6] She performed her own stunts during the films, saying: "The adrenaline was just incredible and I enjoyed being able to do the stuff that in real life you can't."[10][11] Gadot explained that she wanted to feel like a "tough girl" while shooting her scenes.[10] For the character's return in Fast & Furious 6, Gadot told Lin that she wanted Yashar to "be more of a badass", and was given more stunt work for the film.[1] Some of the stunts involved jumping from a moving motorcycle onto a Jeep, being suspended in a harness, and riding a Ducati Monster motorcycle.[1][11] Media outlets also characterized Yashar through her sexuality,[12][13][14] with Bianca Gracie of Fuse referring to her as "sensual and intimidating",[13] and Erik Henriksen of The Stranger calling her a "villainous seductress".[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Gisele Yashar has received a mixed response from film critics. Meghan O'Keefe of Decider praised Yashar as a new type of female character for The Fast and The Furious franchise, writing that she provided a more "sophisticated, and unapologetically femme vibe" when compared to the rougher Ortiz. O'Keefe responded positively to Yashar's use of her sexuality and femininity as a tactic to manipulate men, as well as to her romance and partnership with Lue.[12] Sydney Bucksbaum of Nerdist News also identified the character's relationship with Lue as a highlight, writing that they became "one of the most iconic couples from all the movies".[15] Some commentators had a more negative response to the character. Tom Breihan of The A.V. Club felt that Yashar's transformation from "a drug lord's envoy to a former Mossad agent and a badass killer" was part of how the franchise gave "implausible makeovers" to certain characters.[16] IndieWire's Kate Erbland included Yashar's death as an example of the franchise's poor treatment of women; she explained that female characters, such as Yashar, "primarily exist to round out the storylines of the films' male characters, often as love interests" and are rarely brought into focus as individuals.[17]

Gadot's performance received positive feedback from critics. In a 2017 article, Heavy.com's Brendan Marrow listed Yashar as one of Gadot's best performances prior to her starring role as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film of the same name.[18] O’Keefe of Decider described Gadot and her character as the "secret weapon" of The Fast and The Furious franchise, praising the actress for her "totally kickass contribution to the bonkers, high-octane, super-charged [films]". O'Keefe described Gadot's performance as "balanc[ing] unbridled badassery with unabashedly feminine charm".[12] Joe Reid of the same publication recommended that Yashar should be revived for future installments of the franchise, but questioned if the producers would be able to afford to have Gadot return for another film.[19] Echoing Reid's sentiments, Bucksbaum campaigned for the character's return, and wrote that she could likely be featured in a future film through a flashback sequence.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The character was identified as Gisele Harabo in production notes for the sixth film.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Production Notes" (PDF). Visualhollywood.com. April 1, 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ Justin Lin (director) (2009). Fast & Furious (Film). Universal Pictures. 
  3. ^ Justin Lin (director) (2011). Fast Five (Film). Universal Pictures. 
  4. ^ Justin Lin (director) (2013). Fast & Furious 6 (Film). Universal Pictures. 
  5. ^ James Wan (director) (2015). Furious 7 (Film). Universal Pictures. 
  6. ^ a b Marrow, Brendan (June 2, 2017). "'Wonder Woman': A Look at Gal Gadot's Best Performances Before Diana Prince". Heavy.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot thanks Vin Diesel for giving her a chance in Hollywood". Hindustan Times. HT Media. Press Trust of India. May 10, 2017. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Desta, Yohana (September 8, 2017). "The Pre-Wonder Woman Roles That Almost Made Gal Gadot a Star". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on January 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ Stern, Marlow (July 29, 2014). "Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman: A Hamas-Bashing, Ex-IDF Soldier and Former Miss Israel". The Daily Beast. IAC. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Truong, Peggy (June 6, 2017). "10 Things to Know About Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot". Cosmopolitan. Hearst. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Granger, Katie (October 23, 2015). "Gal Gadot Proves She Has What It Takes To Wear Wonder Woman's Bracelets In Batman V Superman". Moviepilot. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c O’Keefe, Meghan (June 2, 2017). "Before Gal Gadot Was 'Wonder Woman,' She Was The Secret Weapon of The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise". Decider. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Gracie, Bianca (March 7, 2017). "Future Women's History Month: Gal Gadot Reinvents the Superhero Status Quo". Fuse. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Henriksen, Erik (April 1, 2015). "Fast & Furious 101: Go Hard or Go Home". The Stranger. Index Newspapers, LLC. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Bucksbaum, Sydney (April 10, 2017). "7 Fast and Furious Characters That Should Miraculously Return to the Franchise". Nerdist News. Archived from the original on April 20, 2017. 
  16. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 6, 2017). "The best Fast & Furious movie charted a path for the series—and got The Rock in on the action, too". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ Erbland, Kate (June 30, 2017). "Michelle Rodriguez Is Right: 5 Ways the 'Fast and Furious' Franchise Should Position Its Female Stars". IndieWire. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ Marrow, Brendan (June 2, 2017). "'Wonder Woman': A Look at Gal Gadot's Best Performances Before Diana Prince". Heavy.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ Reid, Joe (January 13, 2018). "'The Fate of the Furious' on HBO: Which Cast Members Should The Series Keep?". Decider. Archived from the original on January 14, 2018. 

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