24 ‘Fast & Furious Facts’ Fans Might Not Know About
Just think about this: when the first Fast & Furious was released, George W. Bush was into the first year of his presidency, the world had just survived the Y2K scare (when everyone expected computer systems to go loco at the turn of the millennium) and the new post 9-11 world order hadn’t been established. Everyone talks about Marvel and Star Wars, but in fact, the Fast & Furious franchise has been as perdurable and has opened ground in the massive Chinese market, where the films sometimes make more money than in the United States. Who would have said that illegal car racing and espionage would be so profitable?
The franchise propelled Vin Diesel and The Rock into worldwide superstardom and has created legends, such as that of the late and much beloved Paul Walker. The franchise has been a consummate star-maker machine.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
A brief recap: Domic Toretto (Vin Diesel) organizes illegal street races and the Los Angeles police think he is behind a series of truck robberies. Cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) goes undercover, joining his carritos de carreras crew!
Here are some facts that every fan of the high octane film series should know about each of the eight (sí, ocho, son un chingo!) feature movies release so far!
Michelle Rodriguez didn’t have a driver’s license (not even a permit!) before she started shooting!
But we know she is a total badass, so she, of course, managed to be awesome.
Talking about our Lady Rodriguez, she was dating Vin Diesel in real life during the shoot (par de guapos)
The chemistry is evident onscreen, so we can only imagine what went on inside those movie set trailers…
The plot is VERY similar to the classic Keanu Reeves film Point Break
The classic Hollywood trope of a cop infiltrating a presumed criminal organization will never die!
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
A brief recap: Brian O’Conner seeks the help of a childhood friend and now street racer to bust a dangerous kingpin.
The film was directed by John Singleton, the first Black man to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Director.
A total legend of the silver screen. He was nominated for his classic urban tale Boyz N’ The Hood. He died last month.
Paul Walker performed a lot of the stunts in the film.
He is missed, and this kind of dedication is what made him a legend in the history of action cinema.
Vin Diesel turned down $25 million to appear in this film
He said that the films were being produced like serialized movies in the 80s, thinking of quantity over quality. He would return, of course!
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
A brief recap: A slight deviation from the main plot… a teenager called Sean Boswell moves to Tokyo to avoid going to prison in the US… and of course he enters the street racing scene
More than 100 cars were destroyed or damaged to make this movie
Talk about the excesses of Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking! It is pretty cool, though!
Universal practically begged Vin Diesel to make a cameo
This happened after an early screening of the film did terribly with test audiences.
The film happens in 2013, which back in 2006 was 7 years into the future!
This is such a vexing script choice… it does look a little futuristic though. We wonder if they even imagined that the franchise would still be going by then.
Fast & Furious (2009)
A brief recap: The return of Vin Diesel! Brian and Dominic team up to fight a heroin smuggler
Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot made her screen debut here!
She was as fierce and amazing then as she is now… a true female symbol!
Rapidito, a componer!
Credit: Fast & Furious / Universal Pictures
Universal made the sudden decision to release the film in April instead of June, so composer Brian Tyler was only given three days to work on the score. What a genius… the music is upbeat and truly communicates the adrenaline-infused theme.
Now Brian is no longer blond… OK…
Paul Walker basically OWNED the franchise (not financially, but artistically). His character changed hair color all of a sudden with no explanation.
Fast Five (2011)
A brief recap: This is the epitome of a heist movie. Dominic Toretto is in the grips of a Brazilian drug lord, so he and his crew need to buy their freedom.
Director Justin Lin sort of hates digital FX, so most of the car stunts are as real as it gets
This is what has made this franchise survive: a true commitment to the craft of traditional filmmaking despite the massive advances that digital technology has made since 2001.
This was the first movie in the franchise to be shown in IMAX.
Grandecito se ve más bonito, no doubt about it.
Joaquim de Almeida (Reyes, the kingpin) is often cast as a big mafia boss
Point in case, is role as Governor Vargas in Queen of the South, the gringo remake of our own La reina del Sur.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
A brief recap: The Rock is here! Dominic and Brian get together again to tackle on a team of mercenaries
Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is teased with Avengers references
They call him Captain America, “Samoan Thor” and The Hulk. Well, those are pretty cool comparisons we think.
Justin Lin es un necio and it paid off! No CGI!
The tank scene is so complicated in terms of logistics that the studio insisted on digital imagery. The director refused and we are thankful for that. Look at this behind-the-scenes shot that reveals how complex it all was!
Paul Walker passed away the year the film was released
He died on November 30, 2013. The studio donated part of the DVD sales to Walker’s foundation Reach Out WorldWide.
Furious 7 (2015)
A brief recap: Jason Statham is here! Another action movie powerhouse graces the franchise as a man who seeks revenge against Dominic and his muchachos.
This is the last film featuring Paul Walker
Stunt doubles, body doubles, and CGI was needed to complete Walker’s appearance in the film. Such a sad moment for the franchise, truly bittersweet as a homage to the actor. They also rescued some unused footage from the previous films.
Paul’s brothers Caleb and Cody helped out
Credit: 878431-paulmain-1430381325. Digital image. Tribune UK
They are two of the doubles, and they also lent their voices for some voice-over dialogue for the character of Brian.
Denzel Washington turned down a minor role in the film, so the producers had to settle with…
Mr Kurt Russell… TBH, we love him in this role as the enigmatic Mr Nobody.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
A brief recap: Dom is seduced by a super intelligent and gorgeous woman… with unexpected consequences
The shooting of the film revealed that there is not a lot of love between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson
Some scenes featuring Johnson were deleted and this seemed to be Vin Diesel’s doing. As always, Johnson was a gentleman, but the rift was evident.
Iceland passes as Russia
The plot includes several scenes in Russia, but in fact, they were shot in Iceland. These scenes include the biggest, meanest explosion ever shot in the Nordic country.
The dance that Hobbs performs with his soccer team is a Haka, a traditional warrior dance from the Pacific Islands
Dwayne Johnson is a proud, fierce islander!