Fast and Furious: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We are back with seven more interesting facts about the car racing franchise Fast and Furious. We are sure you’ll enjoy reading about the movies and the team behind it!

Number Seven: Michelle Rodriguez Didn’t Quite Like Her Co-Stars

The actress revealed, during an interview with MTV News, that she wasn’t very fond of the Fast and Furious cast when she first met them. Eventually, they all became really close. “I was like, ‘Who’s the Kenny Barbie doll,’ when I looked at Paul…I thought Jordana was prissy ninny. I thought Vin was a dick…And I was wrong about each and every one of them.”

Number Six: Nicolas Winding Refn Was Sued After Fast and Furious Comparisons

A Michigan resident, big fan of the Fast and Furious universe, sued Drive director and distributors for misleading advertising. Sarah Deming wasn’t happy to see that Winding Refn’s movie looked nothing like her favorite franchise, and filed a lawsuit against FilmDistrict. Deming claimed the movie “bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film, having very little driving in the motion picture.” The judge dismissed her complaint and all she got was a ticket refund.

Number Five: Over 200 Cars Were Wrecked on ‘Furious 7’

More than 230 cars were completely destroyed during the shooting of the movie, according to Furious 7’s picture car coordinator, Dennis McCarthy. On one particular sequence, filmed in Colorado, over 40 vehicles got completely crushed: “we probably destroyed 40-plus vehicles just shooting that sequence.” Even more cars were totaled while filming the previous film: approximately 300, or 5 a day.

Number Four: Tyrese Gibson Wanted to Take His Shirt Off Really Badly

Actor Tyrese Gibson “worked out like crazy” to prepare for his his role in 2 Fast 2 Furious and “demanded” to appear shirtless on screen at least once. Director John Singleton allowed him to do so just briefly after a race sequence.

Number Three: Laz Alonso’s Prison Workout Routine

Alonso plays the leader of a dangerous cartel in Fast & Furious. The actor decided to add a subtle touch of realism by getting pumped up through a “prison style jailhouse workout”.  “A lot of these prison guys, they have these real V-type upper bodies, wide shoulders, and no legs. That’s what I wanted to do.”

Number Two: ‘Furious 6’ Was Meant to Be Two Movies

Furious 6 was originally conceived as two different movies. The script was split into two chapters: the first one, The Fast, would conclude with the tank scene. The second chapter, The Furious, would have ended with the plane scene. The idea was quickly dropped.

Number One: The Franchise Was Inspired by a Magazine Article

Universal executive Scott Stuber read an article by Kenneth Li (on Vibe Magazine) about illegal street racing in New York City, and saw potential in the story. Cohen was offered the directing job for the film, which he only took after attending the National Import Racing Association in San Bernardino, California.

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