32 Things Most People Don’t Know About The Fast and The Furious Movies.
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2/32 The Toyota Supra Brian drives at the end of the movie actually belonged to Paul Walker. Walker also owned the Nissan Skyline R32 he drove for 2 Fast 2 Furious.
3/32 For the past 12 years The Fast and The Furious franchise and the X-Men series have released their movies in the same year except for the most recent installment. Furious 7 and X-Men: Days of Future Past were set to be released in 2014 but Furious 7 was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
4/32 The cars Brian races at the beginning of 2 Fast 2 Furious are the same models that won the major races in The Fast and The Furious. They reach the bridge in reverse order of their appearance in that movie.
5/32 In Fast & Furious 6 Tyrene Gibson, who played Roman, tells Vin Diesel to hide his baby oil. Diesel improvised a response saying, "Better hide that big ass forehead." Ludacris, who played Tej, genuinely spit out his drink in laughter and the reaction was caught on camera.
6/32 Fast & Furious composer Brian Tyler only had three days to record the entire orchestral score after Universal Pictures moved the release date from June 12, 2009 to April 3, 2009.
7/32 Justin Lin did not return to direct Furious 7 because Universal Pictures wanted to produce it on an accelerated schedule that would've required Lin going into pre-production while still working on post-production for Fast & Furious 6. He thought this would jeopardize the quality of both movies and James Wan was chosen instead.
8/32 The first street race scene in The Fast and The Furious is supposed to be a quarter mile race, which would take approximately 10-15 seconds. However in the movie the race takes almost two minutes and shows vehicles driving over 150mph, meaning they should have driven well over 1/4 mile in that time.
9/32 Fast & Furious held the record for the biggest three day opening ever when it opened. It grossed $72.5 million, beating The Lost World: Jurassic Park which opened in 1997 to $72.1 million.
10/32 Paul Walker once reflected on his experience with the franchise saying, "When I did the first one, it was a cool movie where I got to run around in race cars, shoot a gun and kiss a hot chick. That's where I was at in my life then. Now that I'm older, there's a reason we're still here. The themes we hit on early on, whether the audience even realized what it was that was drawing them in, is irrelevant. The second you lose the family, how significant are we? It's funny to see the people connect with it the way they do. I had no clue, I didn't get it. And now, more I get it and I see it."
11/32 Most of the cars in 2 Fast 2 Furious were heavily reinforced with roll cages for the bridge jumps, but the roll cage was visible in the S2000 convertible so the production crew created a remote control version for the jump with a dummy in the driver's seat.
12/32 In the scene in Furious 7 where Dwayne Johnson is lying in a hospital bed, he's actually watching old footage of himself when he used to play for the Miami Hurricanes.
13/32 After poor reception from test audiences for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Universal Pictures asked Vin Diesel to make a cameo to boost ratings and box office sales. Diesel agreed only if Universal would give the right of the Riddick franchise to him, allowing him to make the third Riddick movie independently.
14/32 Michelle Rodriguez didn't know the twist ending to Fast Five until she actually saw it herself in theatres.
15/32 Ron Yuan, who played David Park, suffers from vertigo and struggled with some of the scenes involving heights. For the scene where he's hanging out the window, director Justin Lin told him that he wanted to get the scene done quickly since they were losing natural lighting and threatened to hang Ron himself if he didn't do the shot right away. Ron's reactions on his face are entirely his.
16/22 The Dodge Daytona that Vin Diesel drives in Fast & Furious 6 was custom made by Dennis McCarthy and his team from an old $5,000 piece of junk they found.
17/21 Production for Furious 7 was stopped on December 1, 2013 following the death of actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, 2013. Director James Wan and Universal Pictures executives held a conference call with Walker's family to determine how to proceed with the production, as Walker was halfway through filming his scenes at the time of his death. The movie eventually resumed filming after rewrites were made to explain Walker's absence and body doubles could be found. Body doubles, stunt doubles, and CGI were used to complete the film. His brothers Caleb and Cody were used as doubles and provided voice over of the character Brian O'Connor.
18/32 Ja Rule turned down a role in 2 Fast 2 Furious to pursue other film projects because he was offered a secondary role but wanted Roman Pearce, which eventually went to Tyrese Gibson.
19/32 The Fast and The Furious producers asked homeowners of the houses in the movie's background to re-paint their houses with more muted colours to better show off the cars.
20/32 Over 100 cars were destroyed or wrecked during the filming of The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.
21/32 Vin Diesel originally wanted to make the fourth and fifth Fast and The Furious films back to back but Universal wanted to wait to see how Fast & Furious was received by critics and audiences before pursuing a fifth. Instead Diesel was allowed to direct an 18-minute short film set in the Fast and The Furious universe to be released on the Fast & Furious DVD.
22/32 Vin Diesel named his second daughter Pauline after co-star Paul Walker.
23/32 Universal Studios commissioned two 2 Fast 2 Furious scripts: one with Vin Diesel's character, one without, in case he decided not to return. Diesel turned down a $25 million offer to return to the film, saying the studio "didn't take a Francis Ford Coppola approach to it. They approached it like they did sequels in '80s and '90s, when they would drum up a new story unrelated for the most part, and slap the same name on it."
24/32 2 Fast 2 Furious shared Cape Florida State Park with the production crew of Bad Boys II who were filming on the other side of the park.
25/32 Jordana Brewster filmed her scenes for Furious 7 at the end of the production process due to her prior commitment to the Dallas reboot. By the time she came to set Paul Walker had already died, forcing her to perform the scenes with his brothers, body doubles, or inserted graphics, which she struggled with considering she was meant to be married to his character.
26/32 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton encouraged the actors to improvise to keep the scenes fresh and original. Most of the funniest lines and moments in the film are improvised.
27/32 Paul Walker did The Fast and The Furious because he liked the movie Donnie Brasco and thought it would be fun to play an undercover cop.
28/32 Vin Diesel commented on his experience in The Fast and The Furious franchise saying, "My whole approach to making these movies and to creating these sagas is saying to the studio, 'The audience is paying attention to the nuances and all the story points that lead up to this film. The more you acknowledge that, the better movie you have.'"
29/32 Dennis McCarthy, the car wrangler for the franchise, used a whole fleet of BMW M5s to complete just one sequence in Fast & Furious 6. He explained, "we pretty much destroyed every single one later on in other scenes" and thus had to use other cars for close-ups or action shots later in the film.
30/32 Toyo donated 4000 tires for The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Rays Engineering donated 170 of its Volk Racing wheels.
31/32 Some of Paul Walker's dialogue and footage for Furious 7 was taken from previous movies in the franchise, including a deleted scene from Fast Five. The scene on the plane between Dom and Brian used footage of Walker rotoscoped from a separate conversation about their fathers from the same film.
32/32 Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster both had to learn to drive for the films because neither had a license or even learner's permit when production began.
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