15 Facts About The Fast and Furious Every Fan Should Know
The Fast and the Furious series is one of the biggest and the most successful franchises in Hollywood. It has made stars out of names like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. You must have watched the movies multiple times now but how much do you really know about the stars or the movies?
The Fast and the Furious is a series of action films revolving around street racing, gang wars and heists. There have been 8 films till now, starting with The Fast and the Furious which came out in 2011. In the last few years, names like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Helen Mirren have joined the franchise. The series took a serious hit after the death of its main lead Paul Walker. Many fans thought the franchise would shut down, but Fast and Furious has returned with a bang. Three other Fast and Furious films are lined up for release over the next couple of years. Let’s look at some interesting trivia about the films.
1It was based on an article
Did you know the entire series is based on an article which came out in the Vibe Magazine many years ago? The piece was written by Ken Li and was called Racer X. It talked about a real racer named Rafael Estevez. The article was so good that the series director Rob Cohen immediately approached Universal to buy rights to the article. Eventually, though a lot of fictional elements were added to the films, to establish the franchise.
2Ludacris had to work hard to blend in
In the films, Ludacris plays a tech wizard who is also a former racer. He becomes a part of Toretto’s crew and helps them with the most advanced gadgets. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have to learn the hard stuff. Needless to say, if you’re in a film with names like Statham and Diesel you have to look fit and also convincing. To convince the director and others that he could pull off a fight scene Ludacris had to train very hard.
3Denzel Washington could have been in it
Did you know two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington was offered a role in The Fast and the Furious 7 and he turned it down? To be fair, the franchise doesn’t have a lot of credibility as far as serious films go, and doesn’t particularly have good scripts. Over the years Denzel has chosen to do films which have a lot of substance. Considering how choosy Denzel is with his projects, we don’t blame him.
4What role did Community play?
Did you know that Justin Lin, who has directed 4 The Fast and the Furious movies also directed the TV show Community? Not just that but he also credits the show for teaching him his directorial chops. Lin said not only did the show teach him how to be a better director it also gave him experience in how to manage a big cast, which is also the case with these movies. With each passing film, the cast of the films seems to grow.
5Mia could have looked very different
Did you know that Jordana Brewster wasn’t the one who was initially offered to play Dom’s sister Mia? The role was written with more famous and young names in mind like Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Jessica Biel. But Jordana and Diesel obviously had an instant sibling chemistry from the very beginning which helped the film.