The first installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise came out in 2001? Can you even believe it? It will be able to legally drive soon! They grow up so fast these days, don't they. 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 that 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 tail lights, and NOS (or at least had stickers that said NOS). Everyone wanted to be as cool as Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and the movies were the epitome of badass. 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!
The Fast and the Furious single-handedly brought street racing to the forefront and the mainstream, and it did it in no time at all. In fact, the effects are still felt today. Super Street and Import Tuner became the teen/young adult bible and every time you see a modified car or a custom painted import there's still that little voice in your head that says "that guy must be fast AND furious."
So lets take a look back from today, 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!
Paul Walker Personally Picked the Cars for 2 Fast 2 Furious
The first car you see Paul Walker drive in 2 Fast 2 Furious, is actually his own racing car in real life. An adamant supporter and fan of street racing and car culture, he also personally handpicked the cars for the movie.
Brian O'Conner Really Loves His Nissan Skylines
In the entire franchise the only film in which O'Conner does not drive a Nissan Skyline is the first one. Instead, a Skyline does appear during the four way drag race where O'Conner tries to ingratiate himself to Toretto's team, as a nod to it being the next step and achievement.
The Race Wars Event at the End of the Fast and the Furious Was Just as Big as It Looked
The Race Wars is a real event that the film capitalized on for the scope of the final act. Over 15,000 real, practical, actual modified cars with real drivers are at Race Wars in those scenes.
Paul Walker's Brothers Took up the Mantle of Brian O'Conner to Finish Furious 7
Production on the film had been canceled on December 1, 2013 due to the tragic death of Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, 2013. Shooting had been underway in Atlanta and the film was scheduled to be released on July 11, 2014. Director James Wan and Universal executives held a conference call on a discussion about necessary rewrites and how to proceed with the production in a manner respectful to Walker's death and whether they should even carry on with the film at all. Walker was nearly half way through filming at the time of his death.Ultimately, body doubles, stunt doubles, and CGI was all used in order for Paul Walker to appear in the film after his death. Two of his body doubles were his brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, who also provided the voiceover for the character Brian O'Conner.