Fast Facts about the Fast and the Furious Films

Facts about the Fast and Furious

The Fast and the Furious is an American action movie franchise which centers on heists and street racing. Distributed by Universal Pictures, it has six sequels and two short films thus making it the biggest franchise of the company of all time.

Exciting Facts about The Fast and the Furious Films

1 Dwayne Johnson played the role of the antagonist Hobbs thanks to Facebook. He was voted by the fans to play the role after Diesel posted in his Facebook page potential ideas for the movie.

2 The movie Fast Five spent a total of $25 million to create the train heist sequence. In fact, they bought a 600-yard train tracks in Arizona only to destroy it for the scene.

3 The 2009 Fast & Furious was like a reunion of the first film. For the first time in eight years, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster appeared together on screen.

4 Vin Diesel made a cameo appearance for free in Tokyo Drift. However, he made a deal with Universal Studios to have the sole rights be given to him and his production company on the character Riddick from Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. With this deal, he was positioned to become the lead of the succeeding F&F sequels.

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5 Japanese legend Keiichi Tsuchiya, the real-life drift king, made a cameo appearance as a fisherman who made fun of Sean learning to drift at the fish market.

6 Most of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, was not shot on location in Tokyo. Unfortunately, Tokyo does not grant filming permits. The streets of Shibuya werw created by special effects.

7 Paul Walker did some of his car stunts in the second movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. In fact, the death-defying skid into frame with a 180-degree turn in the Nissan Skyline GT-R was performed by Paul Walker.

8 The movie enlisted real-life street racers for the initial racing scenes.

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9 Before it was called The Fast and the Furious, the first title opted for the movie was Redline, which refered to the maximum speed that a car can go. They dropped the original name because it was already used in a racing movie in 1955.

10 The movie was initially inspired by a particular magazine article published in Vibe Magazine. The article Racer X, written by Ken Li, focused on illegal street racing in Queens in New York.

Paul Walker / Brian O’Conner Tribute

Paul Walker Tribute of his time as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movies including Furious 7. This tribute features Dominic Turetto (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia played by Jordana Brewster, Roman  (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris)

The clips and scenes are from: Clips and potential spoilers from The Fast and the Furious,
2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious Seven

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