Taking a break from the fast-paced filming of “The Fate of the Furious,” Michelle Rodriguez slowed things down to give fans a tour of Cuba. From the trailer for the movie, we already know that many action-packed sequences take place on the Pearl of the Antilles, so of course Rodriguez had some familiarity with the island. And much to many people’s surprise, Rodriguez dropped her Spanish skills when talking to the tour guide.
Just like the movie “The Fate of the Furious”…
Vin Diesel is in the car that’s burning, because of course he is.
Rodriguez got to peep some of Cuba’s most well-known icons: the classic cars.
Unlike other countries, where Porsches and GR-Rs dominate street-racing, in Cuba many of the cars are highly modified relics of the past. Michelle was given a first-hand tour of an auto shop, which she described as, “the kind of place where you can get the gnarliest level of innovation.”
For many in Cuba, modifying these old cars is a way of life.
Thanks to sanctions from the U.S. and a foreign car import ban, for more than 50 years Cuban citizens had to jump man hurdles to acquire a newer model car, The Telegraph reported. Using Cuban ingenuity and innovation, these old cars are often souped up for high-speed races and have enjoyed a longer life than they might have had otherwise.
Of course, Rodriguez couldn’t help but ask if mechanics in Cuba were aware of the “Furious” franchise.
And of course they were like, “claro.”
But Rodriguez got into way more than old cars while she toured Cuba.
This is Cuba, baby. 🇨🇺❤️ #F8
Posted by Michelle Rodriguez on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Rodriguez’s tour of the island took gave her an intimate look at the culture and the sights that rarely make it into the movies. And after her time in Cuba, Rodriguez broke down the message she walked away with, saying whether it’s in the music and dancing, or the love of old architecture and cars, passion is everywhere in Cuba.
“Fate of the Furious” drops on April 20th.