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The cast of the Fast saga keeps changing. Most would think nothing of it. But there are certain things that its actors must do to keep their roles in the series. From pretend driving fake cars, to practicing martial arts, they also have to keep up with mundane regulations like getting a driver's license. Here are 7 rules that they have to abide by, to remain in the franchise!
Whether you love or hate The Fast & The Furious series, there is no doubt that the cars in the movies are amazing! Who wouldn’t want to drive Dom's iconic Dodge Charger? Even Vin Diesel wanted it and ended up getting the car as a birthday gift from his colleagues.
However, the cast didn't get to drive the posh cars seen on screen all the time. It is too dangerous for the cast to do those wild stunts themselves. Instead, the car is attached to a high-speeding truck with a long chassis. Stuntmen drive the trucks while the actor just pretends to drive the actual car.
Even the bodies of the custom cars in the movie could be interchanged. So, if you thought they really attached parachutes to the expensive cars and flew them instead of driving, we are sorry to disappoint you. It looks like the actors were driving at high speed but photos from behind the scenes shatter that illusion.
The Fast and The Furious is a weird universe, where cars fly and characters can be resurrected. When Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Letty who is one of the main characters of the franchise supposedly died off-screen in the fourth part, fans were shocked.
But the rumor is that Rodriguez was even more shocked than us when she found out that Letty was actually still alive in Fast Five. When Dom visits the place where she passed away, we see his version of what happened. Poor Dom, if only he knew that in the movies, off-screen deaths often mean that the character is still alive.
The creators have used this loophole more than once to resurrect a character. Sung Kang’s Han Seoul-Oh is another character whose death we believed for years. However, we see him return in the F9 trailer. It is revealed that Deckard Shaw was responsible for Han's demise. Director Justin Lin redeems himself by bringing Han back to the franchise.
The Fast and The Furious Universe is all about the cool cars, the power of family, and Vin Diesel. The cast can get attached to the second and third things, however, there is a problem with the first one – the cars.
Imagine if you got to work with a car as gorgeous as a black and orange Mazda RX-7 Veilside, and at the end of the day, it was just...destroyed. Well, it’s possible. The crew wrecked 350 cars during the shooting of Fast & Furious 6! Now we understand where all the money went.
In Furious 7, Dom destroys a W Motors Lykan Hypersport in Abu Dhabi, when he drives the car out the window of a building. It was definitely one of the craziest moments in the franchise - not only because of the whole absurdity of the situation but also because the car cost 3.5 million.
Even Vin Diesel’s cars are no exceptions. While in the film, when Diesel crashes his car, he simply repairs it in the next scene; but in real life, the process is not just that simple. Multiple copies of his iconic Dodge Charger have been created just to be destroyed. Is it just my heart that hurts?
The Fast and The Furious' cast have to be in perfect shape all the time, and they have to train a lot to attain such impressive results. The actors as well as the actresses spend a lot of time in the gym maintaining their physique.
In his 2010 interview for Men's Health, Paul Walker admitted that he spent 3 hours a day on martial arts training. His routine started each day with 2 hours of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu following 1 hour of Muay Thai Kickboxing. The late actor also spent an additional two hours playing basketball, canoeing, or another active sport.
The Rock too is famous for his insane workouts and diets. And all that overtime in the gym can sometimes lead to injuries. Johnson recently shared his injuries on his Instagram. "I love putting in that hard work as early as possible to get my day started off on the right foot, mentally and physically," he told Body Building.
Johnson typically hits the gym at around 4 or 5 AM for some cardio. After eating breakfast, he then does weight training for an hour and a half. He also eats about 6,000 calories a day, which helps him to stay in shape. Can you imagine that amount of food?
Stunts in Fast and Furious are beyond any expectations. Even though the cast does way safer stunts, they still put themselves at risk. Of course, there are a lot of stuntmen who help the cast. However, it isn't the safest work in the world. Joe Watts, a 32-year-old stuntman, was recently injured on the set of F9.
So, all those long hours of martial arts training are really important. It isn't enough to just be strong to play in the Fast saga, one has to know how to fight too. With many action parts revolving around hand-to-hand combat between two characters, they spend hours learning the fight choreography.
It is easier to accept the characters of the Fast saga as if they are superheroes instead of mere people with flesh and bones. But it isn’t easy playing the heroes in real-life. Other than the choreography, the actual shooting of the scene is quite difficult. It can take filmmakers months to plan a complex fight sequence or freeway chase.
The Fast and the Furious franchise is famous not only because of the movies but also because of the warm relationships between the cast and crew. The multiple photos from their Instagram accounts show how close they are in real life.
In interviews, Vin Diesel refers to Paul Walker as his brother, and always insists that Paul's demise was a big loss for him. "We were each other’s lifelines," he added. "Whenever we had problems, we had each other." Of course, The Fast Family is more than just Paul and Diesel's deep relationship.
Jordana Brewster who played Paul Walker’s wife, Mia in the series, is also pretty close to Vin Diesel. On July 18th, she wished him a happy birthday with a bunch of photos and a very sweet message. "My big brother on-screen and off. I cherish your friendship and guidance always," she wrote.
Apparently, Vin Diesel is the heart and the soul of the family, and he always does his best for his colleagues. When Nathalie Emmanuel joined the cast in 2015, Diesel invited her to spend Thanksgiving with his family. He didn't want her to spend the family holiday in a hotel by herself.
Diva demands on set are definitely banned. Be sweet and professional or you're out. The Rock and Diesel had a massive fight during The Fate of the Furious and didn't shoot any scenes together. They wrote mysterious posts on social media, accusing each other. As a result, Dwayne Johnson isn’t in F9, and the two actors haven't spoken in months.
Can you imagine a movie about cars, speed, and superhero-racers with actors who can't even drive a car? Well, some of the stars didn't have their driver's licenses. Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster were cast despite not having driver’s licenses.
At the end of the day, though, both ladies had to pass a driver's test to stay in the franchise. If they hadn't, they would have been dropped from the movie due to insurance requirements. However, the driver's license became a source of problems for Michelle Rodriguez, who became a real-life street racer.
In 2006 and 2007 she got in trouble for driving like her Fast saga counterpart, Letty in real life. In fact, Rodriguez is a total tomboy. On the set of Furious 7, when asked, Michelle revealed that being girlish isn't her style. Although she was gorgeous in this sophisticated red dress!
While these rules may seem weird, they in fact create a safe environment for the cast and the crew. With the fantastical elements increasing in every sequel released, cooperation is needed to make the series stay true to its original goal of creating entertainment to its viewers. With F9's trailer already out and the film set to release in 2021, fans are curious about the extent the cast must have gone to, to make a spectacle. What are you most looking forward to in the latest instalment of the Fast saga?