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10 Behind The Scenes Facts About 2 Fast 2 Furious

With there now being nine Fast & Furious movies in the series, all of which come with higher expectations with each consecutive release, it’s easy to forget the high expectations that came with 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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On paper, the second movie in the series seemed doomed from the start, as Vin Diesel wasn’t attached to the project and the story didn’t follow on from the original. However, by tapping a director, who was more excited than anybody to be working on the project, it turned out to be a fun action movie, despite all of the changes to casting, the script rewrites, and some drastic changes to the characters.

There Were Two Different Movie Treatments

Rome laughs at his opponent before a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

After the crushing success of the first movie, a sequel was greenlit almost immediately. However, the studio was unsure about Vin Diesel’s return. Instead of waiting to find out if he would come back for a sequel, Universal pulled the trigger and commissioned two movie treatments.
One treatment was the idea for the plot if Diesel did return, and the other was the treatment for the movie that exists today, without Diesel, as he decided to work on The Chronicles of Riddick instead.

Vin Diesel Didn’t Return Because The Screenplay Didn’t Have A “Francis Ford Coppola Approach” To It

Dominic Toretto stand in front of a street lined with souped up cars in The Fast and the Furious

With Diesel opting not to return and going on to work on the sci-fi movie instead, it was the disappointing screenplay that led him to the Riddick series. Fascinatingly enough, Diesel mentioned in an interview with Variety that he didn’t return for the second movie because it didn’t have a “Francis Ford Coppola approach to it.”
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Coppola, who directed the classics The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, also directed one of the greatest sequels of all time, The Godfather Part II. It was unlike any sequel in cinema history, as the gangster follow-up further explored the characters instead of being just another action-driven plot featuring the same characters. Of course, Diesel would be the person to compare the Fast & Furious series to the Godfather movies.

Ja Rule Was Originally Tapped To Play Tej Parker

Edwin stands next to his car in The Fast and the Furious

Ja Rule was originally in the first movie, playing Edwin and being in the first race. It was planned for him to return in the sequel with a bigger role, given that his music career had blown up at this point and he was a much bigger star than when the first movie came out.
However, he refused the role because he wanted more money, which led director John Singleton to repeat what Rob Cohen did with the original movie and find a younger up-and-coming rapper. It worked out for the best, as Ludacris has great chemistry with the rest of the cast, and it’d be hard to imagine the series without him. And if Ludacris wasn’t cast, fans wouldn’t have “Act A Fool,” which is one of the best Fast & Furious songs.

Paul Walker Did All Of His Own Stunts

Brian and Monica in a Mitsubishi in 2 fast 2 furious

Though Vin Diesel is the face of the Fast & Furious saga and has a vibrant supporting cast behind him, Paul Walker carried the series for the longest time and was up there side by side with Diesel. Just as Diesel had a hand in producing the movies, Walker gave everything he had to the series, and that meant doing all of his own stunts too.
It was hardly work for him, as Walker was such a gear head, but from the first street race to the race to the impound lot, the late, great actor did all of his own stunts in the movie.

The Electrical Device That The Police Use In The Movie Doesn’t Exist

Agent Markham shoots an ESD harpoon launcher in 2 Fast 2 Furious

In 2 Fast 2 Furious, there is an electrical device used by the police called the ESD Harpoon Launcher. It’s a gun that shoots a harpoon with three prongs, and when it hits a car it disables it and causes the vehicle to spin out of control. It’s one of the things that don’t make sense about the series. As there have been so many car chases with the police in the time since, why wouldn’t they use the ESD Harpoon Launchers again?
It’s an incredible device, and it makes viewers wonder why there are car chases that go on for hours at a time when they can just use this nifty harpoon launcher. Well, there’s a reason for that. In the Director’s Commentary, John Singleton reveals that the Harpoon Launcher was created for the movie and that it doesn’t actually exist.

John Singleton Wanted To Direct Because He Loved The First Movie

The cars sit at the start line for the first race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

There has been less of a focus on street racing in the later movies, and there seems to be one street race shoehorned into each film just to appease fans of the original movie. Well, Singleton wanted to direct 2 Fast 2 Furious because he’s one of those fans.
The director has praised the original movie to no end, and he is even on record as saying that he was jealous that he didn’t think of it first, as he had grown up watching street races in South Central L.A.

Devon Aoki Didn’t Have A Driver’s Licence When She Was Cast

Suki in 2 Fast 2 Furious

 
Devon Aoki plays Suki in the sequel, and her bright pink Honda S2000 is one of the more memorable vehicles of the movie. Suki and her car appear throughout the whole movie, often accompanying Tej and helping Brian in the car scramble in the final act. Sadly, she hasn’t been seen since so many fans would have liked to see her get her own spin-off.
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However, Aoki had to go through some intense training for the role, as just like Michelle Rodriguez before her, she didn’t actually have a driving license during the production of the movie. In a behind-the-scenes footage of the movie. Aoki is seen in driving school, and she’s a bag of nerves.

Markham Was Originally A Dirty Cop In An Early Draft Of The Script

James Remar as Agent Markham giving orders in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Along with FBI agent Bilkins, who returns to the series after being seen in the first movie, Agent Markham is introduced, a much more hotheaded FBI agent with a short fuse.
He doesn’t see eye to eye with either Rome or Brian, but by the end of the movie they finally make amends. But that wasn’t always the way Markham was written. In an early draft of the screenplay, the character was actually a dirty cop and on Carter Verone’s payroll.

50 Cent Was Considered For The Role Of Roman

50 Cent walks through the street in Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

There is a long history between the Fast & Furious series and rappers, as not only have Ja Rule, Ludacris, and Lil Bow Wow starred in the first three movies, but 50 Cent was considered for the role of Roman Pierce too.
It would have been a very different movie if 50 Cent was cast, as the actor/rapper is generally much more serious than Rome, who is portrayed as an easy-going prankster. However, Tyrese Gibson ended up getting the role, and just like how Ludacris is inseparable from the series in fans’ eyes, Gibson’s charm is the flare of the franchise.

It Was Almost Going To Be Set In Japan

Han drifts through Tokyo in an orange and black Mazda RX7 in Tokyo Drift

At one point in development, Jeff Celentano was tapped to direct the sequel, and he wanted to shoot the movie in Japan. Whether or not it was Celentano that influenced the direction that the studio went in with the third movie, Tokyo Drift, which was set almost entirely in Japan, is unclear.
However, as Tokyo Drift saw the series delve into street racing unlike any movie that came before, Celentano’s treatment for the movie would probably have been a lot different and more drama-oriented, just like the first movie.
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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)

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Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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Fast & Furious 9 Producers Fined $1M For On-Set Accident, $1.2M Lawsuit Pending

Fast & Furious 9 faces hefty legal outcomes as the producers are fined $1 million for an on-set accident in addition to a $1.2 million lawsuit.

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel bracing before crash in F9

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Fast & Furious 9 producers have been fined $1 million and face a lawsuit over a stunt accident that caused “life-changing” injuries to a stunt performer. Stunt performer Joe Watts suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury after a stunt mishap on the set of Fast & Furious 9. Investigation revealed that the producers neglected to address critical safety components, leading to the accident. Watts is seeking $1.2 million in personal damages.

The Fast & Furious 9 producers face a lawsuit and a hefty fine after a tragic stunt accident during filming in 2019. Directed by Justin Lin, F9: The Fast Saga was released in 2021, and was followed up by Fast X this year. Fast & Furious 9 was a relative box office success, taking home $726 million.

Two years after the film’s release, the Fast & Furious 9 producers are facing a lawsuit after an on-set accident. As per Variety, the producers were fined $1 million for “life-changing” injuries faced by stunt performer Joe Watts. Watts is also suing Warner Bros. $1.2 million in personal damages.

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Watts is an experienced stunt performer who has worked on other major action sets including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. His life changed on the set of Fast & Furious 9 when a stunt mishap flung him 25 feet onto a concrete floor below. This wrongly-executed stunt left Watts with a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury that has had lasting impacts on the performer.

After an investigation of this incident, it was determined that his stunt vest line had become detached. The incident was then brought up in a U.K. court when the U.K.’s Health and Safety executive claimed that FF9 Pictures had failed to address a critical component during the risk assessment: a “rope snap or link failure.” This failure involved neglecting to inspect Watts’s vest and extend the crash matting. Watts’ injuries were reportedly life-threatening, and District Judge Talwinder Buttar declared him “fortunate to be alive.”

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Watts has not been able to return to work as a stunt performer as a result of his injuries, thus having a vast impact on his career. This fact is noted in his $1.2 million against the production company, which is still pending. As Watts continues to face career losses after his tragic Fast & Furious 9 injury, the lawsuit will hopefully side in his favor as his case develops.

Source: Variety

F9 Poster F9: The Fast Saga Release Date: 2021-06-25 Director: Justin Lin Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello Budget: $200–225 million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast X, Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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Every Planned Fast & Furious Movie That Didn’t Happen (& Why)

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Vin Diesel was not the first choice for the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. The studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant, and there are significant differences between the original project and the final result. Vin Diesel did not return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, the only movie in the main saga without him or Paul Walker. However, a The Fast and the Furious sequel with Diesel could have happened. Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the studio wanted a high school setting instead. He made a cameo at the end of the film.

Fast & Furious has gone from a low-stakes, standalone movie to a full-on blockbuster franchise, but not every envisioned project has become a reality. The Fast Saga premiered in 2001 with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as lead actors, and it ended up spreading over 11 movies, one spin-off, two different short films, and a television series as of 2023, with more to come. The Fast & Furious franchise, which grossed over $7 billion globally, was supposed to be even bigger, and some projects will never get to happen.

Initially, the Fast & Furious franchise started as a street racing series with a focus on the car culture, culminating with the 2009 film Fast & Furious. Starting Fast Five, the saga transitioned from car races to heists and espionage, a theme that continued for the rest of the series. Fast & Furious was supposed to end with Fast X, but since there are a few rumored and confirmed Fast & Furious movies in development, the saga will likely continue in some form. Interestingly, Fast & Furious’ history could have been a lot different had any of its canceled or reimagined projects happened in their original forms.

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8 The Original The Fast And The Furious
Vin Diesel Wasn’t The First Choice
Dominic Toretto crosses his arms in front of black smoke from Fast & Furious

Although no one could see any actor portraying Dominic Toretto other than Vin Diesel, he wasn’t the first choice for the part. The first film, based on the article “Racer X” by Ken Li, always had Paul Walker tied to it, as Waulker had worked with director Rob Cohen on 2000’s The Skulls. Gary Scott Thompson wrote the original script, and the action took place in New York. However, David Ayer and Erik Bergquist were brought to the project and changed most of it. When it comes to Dominic Toretto’s role, the studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant. Luckily for Diesel, Olyphant had previously starred in a car-related film, Gone in 60 Seconds, and declined the role.

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Producer Neal H. Moritz suggested Vin Diesel after his role in the 2000’s Pitch Black. However, despite him not starring in lead roles yet, Diesel didn’t accept the deal right away, and most of the script had to be rewritten with his notes before he accepted. Jordana Brewster wasn’t the first choice, either, as Mia Toretto was originally written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku. The Fast and the Furious could have been a very different film, but the final result is arguably the better version of the project.

7 Fast & Furious 2 With Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto
The Second Movie Gives Brian A New Partner
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto with Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibbons from 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vin Diesel didn’t return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, even though the first installment helped launch his career. Although he was reportedly offered $25 million to reprise his role, he didn’t sign on for the sequel, because he didn’t feel like the film needed one and didn’t like the script. 2 Fast 2 Furious went on to introduce Tyrese’s Roman Pearce and put Paul Walker’s Brian in the spotlight. However, had Diesel joined the sequel, it would surely have been massively different from what audiences got. Years later, Diesel confirmed that he would’ve done things differently and fought harder for revisions on the script, as he did with the first one.

6 Tokyo Drift With Toretto As The Main Character
Vin Diesel Only Had a Small Cameo
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift's Luke and Han

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast saga. However, it can be considered a standalone as it doesn’t feature any of the previous characters. It introduces Sung Kang as Han Lue, who would go on to reprise his role in 2009’s Fast & Furious. Vin Diesel reprised his role as Dominic Toretto in a very brief cameo at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, though, but that only happened after making a unique deal with Universal Pictures: he wanted the rights to Riddick, the sci-fi action saga for which he wanted to develop a sequel.

Although he has a short cameo at the end of the film, Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The movie’s screenwriter, Chris Morgan, told UPROXX. “Essentially it was Tokyo Drift, but it was with Vin, and his character kind of had to go out and learn drifting. And there was a murder he had to solve. … And they said, ‘Nah, can’t do that. We have to do high school.’” Luckily, they didn’t go for that idea, and the franchise lived on, with Diesel and the rest of the cast returning for the fourth one. Tokyo Drift would be “retconned back” into the franchise during Fast & Furious 6’s post-credits scene.

5 Vin Diesel’s Solo Dominic Toretto Movie
Fast & Furious Was Supposed To Be Dom’s Movie
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel is the star of the Fast & Furious franchise, but he almost had his solo movie, too. Diesel’s career only evolved after The Fast And The Furious, and he made his way back to Dom Toretto with a cameo in 2006’s The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift. Diesel would fully return to the role and reunite with the original cast for 2009’s Fast & Furious. However, before the 2009 film reunited the original crew, it was supposed to be a solo Dominic Toretto movie. Considering how solid Fast & Furious (2009) was, and how it reignited the franchise, it’s good that a solo Toretto film didn’t happen during that time.

4 Hobbs & Shaw 2
The Sequel With Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham Is Long In The Works

Hobbs & Shaw introduced the franchise’s antiheroes, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), giving them their spin-off film in 2019. The spin-off was a success, making $760 million at the box office with a $200 million budget. Naturally, Universal greenlit a sequel, but it never materialized. The movie was supposed to take the two action stars on more adventures, but it’s unlikely it will happen now.

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Hobbs & Shaw 2 has been in active development since November 2021, but there are not many details available. The latest updates indicate that the next Hobbs movie will not be a sequel to Hobbs & Shaw. Instead, it will be a Dwayne Johnson solo Fast & Furious film building up from Fast X’s ending. Despite his differences with Vin Diesel, The Rock reprised his role in Fast X in a post-credits scene, setting up his solo future in the franchise.

3 The Original Furious 7
Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Called For Many Changes

Furious 7 picks up after the events of Fast & Furious 6 and mixes with Tokyo Drift, with Lucas Black reprising his role as Sean Boswell. After appearing in the credits scene of Fast & Furious 6, Jason Statham has a bigger role in the movie. The film also marks Paul Walker’s last acting credit, as he passed away during filming. Universal put the movie on hold, and, although Furious 7 was almost canceled, the filmmakers were able to reshoot and rewrite the film. For the remaining scenes in the movie, Paul Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, acted as stand-ins for Brian’s scenes. Later, they used CGI to recreate Paul Walker’s face.

2 Fast X as the Series’ Ending
Fast X Was Supposed To Tie All Lose Ends
Cipher in Fast 9 and the poster for Furious X

The Fast saga had been hinting at “one last ride” for a while, although there is no certain end in sight. It was all supposed to end with Fast X, which would tie all loose ends. Later, the project evolved into a two-part finale. Justin Lin was supposed to direct both films but exited Fast X due to creative differences. With Dwayne Johnson’s new Fast & Furious spinoff in development, it’s clear that Fast X is no longer really the end of the franchise. It also remains to be seen whether Fast & Furious 12 will happen as, despite what Vin Diesel has hinted at, a new film in the main saga after Fast X, Part 2 has yet to be confirmed.

1 All-Female Fast & Furious Spin-Off
A Project Long In The Works
Gisele, Cipher, and Letty in Fast & Furious

In 2019, Vin Diesel teased an all-female spin-off for the Fast & Furious franchise. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were tied to the project for the script, and the timeline suggested it would come out after Fast 9. That hasn’t happened yet, but the project isn’t canceled, so it might happen eventually. Still, there’s no certainty about it. It’s unclear which Fast & Furious characters would be part of the movie, but Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tess (Brie Larson), Gisele (Gal Gadot), and Cipher (Charlize Theron) would likely be part of it.

Sources: UPROXX

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