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Things You Didn't Know about the 'Fast and Furious' Films

Updated July 22, 2020 12.2m views15 items
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Sure, all the Fast and Furious movies have entertained audiences and car lovers for years now, but what are the behind-the-scenes facts and Hemi-powered, souped-up Fast and the Furious trivia  you might not know? Take a look at the on-set secrets and little-known facts about one of the most successful film franchises of all time. And while you're at it, you can check out the coolest Fast and Furious cars.

Remember the huge cultural influence the first Fast and the Furious film had? Everyone and their brother had neons on their cars, carbon fiber hoods, body kits, custom suspensions, racing seats, after-market head- and taillights, and NOS. Everyone wanted to be as cool as the movies' characters, especially Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Speaking of which, see who other fans voted as the best Fast and Furious character, and make sure to vote for your favorite as well.

So let's take a look all the way back to the first time we lived our lives a quarter-mile at a time and learn some behind-the-scenes Fast and Furious facts you may not know about the franchise. Vote up the most interesting, most furious, and certainly fastest facts below!

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  • The Drifting In 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' Was Real

    Photo: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift / Universal Pictures

    The drifting in the movie was performed by professional drivers.

    Drifting is apparently not a skill most movie stunt drivers possess, so the filmmakers recruited drivers known for drifting like Rhys Millen and Tanner Foust.

     

  • Even The Cast Didn't Know The Twist Ending To 'Fast Five' Until They Saw The Film In Theaters

    Photo: Fast & Furious / Universal Pictures

    During an on-set interview for Fast & Furious 6, Michelle Rodriguez revealed that she didn't know about the "twist ending" to Fast Five until she actually saw it herself in theaters.

  • The First Film Featured Its Share Of Racing Inaccuracies

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    The first street race scene is supposedly a quarter mile race, taking approximately 10 seconds. However, the race takes almost two minutes of screen time and shows the vehicles driving in excess of 150 mph, faster than even a 1,200 hp Bugatti Veyron can accomplish a quarter mile.
  • The Iconic Jetta In The First Film Was Bought By A Very Famous Child Star

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    The Volkswagen Jetta Jesse drives in the movie was later purchased by Frankie Muniz, although he put it up for auction in 2015. Muniz is now a professional driver and street racing enthusiast.