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Every Fast & Furious Movie’s Best Stunt

The Fast & Furious movies have made a name for themselves with jaw-dropping stunts that blend CGI and practical effects, and each installment of the franchise has one stunt that is its best. From the series’ grounded beginnings in The Fast and the Furious, in which the protagonists scrap for a modest haul of DVD players, to the ludicrous set pieces found in the later films, Fast & Furious has always rooted itself in car-related spectacle. As the franchise has progressed, there has been a gradual escalation in the ambition of the stunts, starting with clever street-racing tricks and coalescing into massive, explosive, city-destroying mayhem.

The movies center mostly on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), an expert driver who lives for two things: his love of racing and his love of his Fast & Furious family. As the film universe has expanded and Dom’s family has grown, he has found himself called to protect them — and sometimes the world — in more and more extreme situations. While the Fast & Furious franchise takes advantage of CGI to help create the full picture, many of the series’ most impressive and memorable stunts were achieved practically, the product of ambitious creative visions realized by some of the most talented stunt people working in Hollywood.

1 The Fast And The Furious — Driving Under A Truck
The Fast and The Furious truck stunt

The first installment in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious​​​​​​, takes a more grounded tone than later iterations; while this means less ambitious stunts, it also means these stunts could be shot practically. The opening scene car chase of The Fast and the Furious shows a gang of thieves carrying out a heist on a moving semi-truck. When the truck moves into a lane blocked off on the left and right by construction, a Honda Civic neatly slips underneath the truck and hits cruise control. The grounded stunt was shot practically, with a stunt driver and a slightly modified truck.

2 2 Fast 2 Furious — Car Meets Yacht
2 fast 2 furious boat jump sequence

This stunt from the finale of 2 Fast 2 Furious was the franchise’s first foray into ludicrous action feats. Paul Walker’s Brian and Tyrese Gibson’s Roman plow their car headlong into the villain’s yacht by launching off a ramp. The stunt was shot practically, with three different cars used for the stunt’s three phases: one car was filmed launching off the ramp into the sea, a second was carried through the air by a crane, and a third, pre-wrecked car was used for the final collision.

3 The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift — Four Story Drift
Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift Parking Ramp Drift

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is interested in one thing and one thing only: drifting. The film explores Tokyo’s drift-focused street racing scene with numerous setpieces in which characters drift through mountains, crowds, and most impressively, a four-story parking garage ramp. The second race in the film takes place entirely in a parking garage and culminates with the villainous Takeshi performing an ambitious, dangerous piece of sustained drifting in his Nissan 350z. The stunt was shot practically, with a stuntperson behind the wheel of the car.

4 Fast & Furious — Dom Clears A Gas Tanker
Fast & Furious Explosion

Six years after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the franchise reunited Paul Walker and Vin Diesel for the first time since the original film. Fast & Furious employed more CGI than earlier installments, which allowed the film to feature some dramatic stunts that can’t be accomplished practically. One of the most memorable moments in Fast & Furious comes when Dom and his gang attempt to rob a petroleum tanker. When the rig goes out of control, Dom times the car’s approach to clear under the burning truck just before it tumbles down a cliff. The ensuing fall and explosion were filmed practically.

5 Fast Five — Dragging The Vault
A car drags a vault through the streets in Fast Five

Fast Five features what is considered the Fast & Furious franchise’s most ridiculous stunt, a high-octane sequence in which the protagonists drag a bank vault through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The sequence is thrilling, with the dragged safe possessing a real weight that gives the carnage a tangible aspect. While some of the damage was added in with CGI, the safe itself was a practical effect. The production used seven different vaults for the chase, specialized to serve different shots: two were motorized for ease of movement, one could slide, one could roll and bounce, and one was used for stationary shots.

6 Fast & Furious 6 — Car-Chewing Tank
Roman jumps from one car to another in Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6 pits the crew against Owen Shaw, who unleashes a speeding tank on the protagonists in a sequence that takes place on a busy Spanish highway. The stunt was filmed on a real highway in Tel Aviv, emptied out for the shoot. The vehicle was very real, an actual World War II tank modified to run at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. While the production intended to use CGI for shots of the tank chewing up cars on the highway, they ultimately opted to use real cars. The tank was up to the task, even crushing Roman’s car just as the character leaps to safety.

7 Furious 7 — Jumping Through Skyscrapers
Furious 7 skyscraper jump image

One of the most ludicrous stunts in the franchise’s history comes in Furious 7 when the characters launch a supercar through numerous Abu Dhabi skyscrapers during a heist sequence. While the sequence was bolstered by CGI, the stunt itself was real. The Furious 7 team constructed several 30-foot tall glass and aluminum structures through which stunt drivers actually drove. The production produced hollowed-out facsimiles of the supercars for the stunt since these actual vehicles cost around $3 million each.

8 The Fate Of The Furious — The Submarine Emerges
The Fate of the Furious submarine chase

The nuclear submarine in The Fate of The Furious was the franchise’s biggest vehicle yet, and it resulted in an explosive action sequence on a frozen lake in one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s best climaxes. The sequence was shot on a real frozen lake in Iceland, where up to 16 vehicles were on the ice at any one time. The memorable moment in which the submarine emerges from the ice, sending the vehicles flying, was achieved through a blend of practical effects and CGI. The submarine was digitally rendered, but a real explosion was used to launch the vehicles 30 feet into the air.

9 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Helicopter Vs. Trucks
Hobbs and Shaw helicopter vs trucks

The spinoff movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw upholds the penchant for jaw-dropping stunts that earned the franchise its fame, and this is expected to continue with a standalone Hobbs spinoff movie. The Hobbs & Shaw finale sees a massive convoy of trucks attempt to tow the villainous Brixton Lore’s helicopter via a length of cable, only for Brixton to lift the line of trucks into the air and steer them toward a cliff. A blend of practical effects and CGI was used, with a hydraulic rig raising the backs of the cars, and a crane lifting some into the air in front of a blue screen.

10 F9 — Peligro Minas
Minefield scene from F9

The first action sequence in F9: The Fast Saga sets the gripping tone for the film as the characters are forced to navigate a minefield in a fictional Central American country. The sequence was shot practically, with a team of stunt drivers navigating a field of real buried explosives. The cars themselves were reinforced to withstand the explosions, although some hollowed-out off-roaders were not so lucky, being launched dozens of feet in the air by the special effects team.

11 Fast X — Great Ball Of Fire
Italy bomb ball scene Fast X

Fast X features an homage to Fast Five’s vault chase with an explosive action setpiece in which antagonist Dante unleashes a vast, spherical bomb through the streets of Rome in a chaotic, largely practical sequence. The massive ball tears through the city, wreaking havoc as it demolishes buses, buildings, and even a gas pump, which causes the ball to catch fire. The production used two real balls for the shoot, one weighing almost two tons and another, more lightweight model weighing 800 pounds. The ball was controlled using overhead wires and was actually set ablaze at the Fast & Furious sequence’s explosive apex.

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The 69-Year Story Behind The Fast And Furious Name


The Fast & Furious franchise started with the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious and went through several major changes in its sequel titles. The title for the original movie was almost different, with options like Race Wars, but the producer fought for The Fast and the Furious.

As the Fast & Furious series has one of the most recognizable franchise names in cinema, some may be curious as to where its origin came from. The multi-billion-dollar franchise started with 2001’s straightforward street racing movie, The Fast and the Furious, but following that, the series went through several major changes, and that was mirrored in the Fast & Furious sequel movie titles. 2 Fast 2 Furious introduced numbered titles, then The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift immediately dropped that format. The fourquel confused things further with the title Fast & Furious, and it only got more confusing from there. However, every title is still a play on the original 2001 title.

The Fast and the Furious came to fruition following a Vibe magazine article called “Racer X”. Universal had the incredible foresight of seeing how popular street racing would become in the 2000s, and the studio quickly grabbed the movie rights to the article. However, while the movie was originally titled after the article, the studio wasn’t totally satisfied with that name, and many other titles, including Race Wars, were considered. The movie even went into production under the title Redline, but producer Neal Moritz had his mind set on one title that seemed unachievable to get; The Fast and the Furious.

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The Fast And The Furious Is Named After A 1954 Movie
Dom and Brian sitting on a car with their friends in The Fast and the Furious

Another movie titled The Fast and the Furious already existed, and it was released almost half a century before the 2001 street racing film was released. 1954’s The Fast and the Furious, written by Roger Corman, has nothing to do with street racing as it exists today. The movie follows a prison escapee who kidnaps a rich woman and steals her Jaguar, then ends up in an epic road race that ends in Mexico. While the title perfectly fits the 1954 film, Moritz was desperate to use the title for his own movie that he was producing, having learned about it after seeing a Roger Corman documentary (via Entertainment Weekly).

Moritz detailed how Universal didn’t seem to be completely on board at first. The producer explained, “I called up the head of marketing at Universal the next morning and said ‘Okay, I’ve got the title: The Fast and the Furious!’ And there was just silence on the other end. I was like, ‘Oh, I guess that is the worst title he’s ever heard.’ However, after mulling it over, Universal agreed, and it worked out perfectly, as the whole world now knows that name and it’s synonymous with the Vin Diesel-led franchise. Movie titles are extremely important, and it’s less likely that the movie would have become a billion-dollar franchise if it was titled Race Wars.

Paul Walker smiles in Dom's garage in The Fast and the Furious

Moritz revealed, “we made a deal with Roger to give him the use of some stock footage that Universal owned.” It isn’t clear if Corman ever benefited financially from that footage. In hindsight, he undoubtedly got a terrible deal. The Fast & Furious name is extremely important to the franchise and has made Universal billions. The name has even been used for spinoffs, and Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw wouldn’t have made $760 million without the name attached to it. However, there was no knowing how huge the franchise became. After all, The Fast and the Furious was originally just a scrappy crime movie based on a magazine article.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Fast X Video Reveals BTS Of Real, Practical Fights In OTT Sequel


The Fast X fight between Letty and Cipher was filmed using practical effects, resulting in a well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat sequence full of emotions. Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” was out of necessity, but spending time with Letty after escaping prison could lead to her becoming a member of the family. Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle and her association with Letty could help in mellowing down the former villain and potentially setting up a redemption arc or even a Cipher spin-off.

A new Fast X behind-the-scenes video shows how Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Cipher’s (Charlize Theron) intense fight scene was filmed. Dom and his “La Familia” returned on the big screen in 2023 for the tenth main installment of The Fast Saga. In a major twist, however, instead of butting heads again with Cipher, the primary villain of the franchise for several recent entries, Letty had to team up with her. That didn’t stop Letty from expressing her true feelings about her when they were both captured by the Agency.

Courtesy of Collider is a behind-the-scenes clip from Louis Leterrier’s Fast X that offers a look at how Cipher and Letty’s one-on-one fight scene was filmed. Check out the video below:

The Fast X fight is arguably one of the best choreographed hand-to-hand combat in The Fast Saga, and it’s all because they filmed it with practical effects. The result, coupled with the history between the pair, is an effective action sequence full of emotions.

How Cipher & Letty’s Relationship Evolves In Fast & Furious 11
Cipher wearing a coat in Fast X

Granted that Cipher’s decision to team up with Dom and “La Familia” came from necessity after she was targeted by Jason Momoa’s Dante, spending more time with Letty after escaping prison can lead to her becoming a proper member of “La Familia.” There’s precedent to this, with a few of the recent The Fast Saga villains ending up being redeemed and joining Dom and his crew. This has been the case with Deckard Shaw (despite his attempted murder of Han Lue), and more recently, John Cena’s Jakob, who sacrificed himself in Fast X to save Little B.

Increasing the chances of this happening is Cipher’s unexplored history with Giselle. After she and Letty finally escaped the Agency’s bunk prison, they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, Giselle came to the rescue after Cipher notified her of their escape plan. There has never been any indication that Cipher and Giselle know each other before the massive Fast X twist. Making this more surprising is that Giselle has been believed to be dead for several years now. Her association with Giselle could help Letty mellow down on the former villain when they all return for Fast and Furious 11.

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Perhaps, this unexpected turn could be a set-up for the in-development Cipher spin-off. Specific plot details about the project are currently scant, with Universal still not announcing a tentative release date. Nevertheless, the events of Fast X could be the start of her redemption arc, with her relationship with Letty functioning as a barometer of whether viewers can finally forgive her for all of her transgressions.

Source: Collider

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10 Characters Who Should Be In It


Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty is the franchise’s biggest female character and the obvious pick to lead the all-female spinoff. Jordana Brewster’s Mia deserves a big role in the spinoff to expand on her character and showcase her growth. Brie Larson’s Tess is needed in the spinoff to explore the mystery surrounding her character and add her engaging screen presence to the team.

The Fast & Furious saga is meant to continue with an all-female-led movie, and casting the returning characters presents exciting options. An all-female spinoff could be the perfect way to continue the Fast &Furious story, as it will be able to retain the elements of the franchise that make it iconic while offering a new perspective. From the beginning, the franchise has been very male-dominated, and told male-centric stories, so offering the high-octane thrills of a Fast & Furious movie from a female perspective could be a welcome change of pace.

The series is known for having an all-star cast, so any female spinoff will have to match the previous films. Thankfully, the franchise already has several incredible female movie stars. Fast X, the latest film in the franchise, introduced and reintroduced some exciting female characters, setting the groundwork for the upcoming Fast & Furious movie. Obviously, whatever happens in the next film will determine who will be on the team and what side they will fight for. The franchise already has a healthy supply of female characters, both good and evil, who can factor into a Fast & Furious female spinoff.


Related Fast X Proves How Great A Fast & Furious Female Spinoff Would Be The idea of an all-female spinoff is more exciting than Fast & Furious 11, with Fast X providing the blueprint for just how well it could work.

10 Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Can Lead The Fast Spinoff Ensemble
She’s the franchise’s biggest female character

Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty has been a key member of the Fast family since the first movie, and no female spinoff would feel right without her leading the team. Dominic Toretto’s wife is one of the fastest drivers in the world. Letty has made her way from street racer to international woman of mystery, becoming one of the franchise’s best characters in the process. Rodriguez is an incredibly engaging screen presence thanks to her charisma and action pedigree. An all-female action movie is right in her wheelhouse, making her the obvious pick for the lead in the movie.

9 Jordana Brewster’s Mia Deserves A Big Role
The Toretto family member has been sidelined recently

Another extension of the Toretto family tree, Jordana Brewster’s Mia is Dom’s brother and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian. Since Walker’s tragic death, as well as the introduction of countless new characters, Mia has been sidelined in recent films, which is a shame because she is one of the best parts of the earlier films. A spinoff with just the women could be a great time to expand on Mia’s character and see how she has grown over the past couple of years, especially now that she is the mother of two. Brewster is an underrated talent, and Mia should be heavily involved in whatever spinoff the filmmakers plan.

8 Brie Larson’s Tess Is Needed After Fast X Introduction
Mr. Nobody’s daughter has a bright future
Brie Larson as Tess firing a gun in Fast X

Fast X introduced several new faces to the franchise, but perhaps most notably was Brie Larson as Tess “Nobody”, a secret agent on a quest to protect Dom and his family. Larson had relatively little screen time in the movie, and her introduction felt like it was mostly included to set up a future spinoff. The Oscar winner is the perfect name to include in a spinoff. Larson is an incredibly engaging and vulnerable screen presence and a great addition to the team. As her family name would imply, there is still a lot of mystery about Tess that this spinoff could explore.

7 Ramsey’s Return Can Give Nathalie Emmanuel A Major Role
The hacker has a growing set of skills
Nathalie Emmanuel in Fast and Furious 7.

After her first appearance in Furious 7, Nathalie Emmanuel’s Ramsey has been the Fast team’s resident hacker and tech wiz. The Game of Thrones star has mostly been used for exposition and comic relief since joining the team, but Ramsey has a distinctive style and skill set that would make her a great addition to the female spinoff. While Mia and Letty are great drivers, Ramsey has skills in the digital realm that could help the team on whatever mission they are on. It would also be interesting to see how Ramsey functions outside the trio of her, Tej, and Roman.

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6 Daniela Melchior’s Return As Isabel Gives The Spinoff More Legacy
Isabel is the sister of Elena
Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in a car at a street race in Fast X

For a while, Elsa Pataky’s Elena was viewed as an obvious candidate to appear in a Fast & Furious female spinoff. However, after her untimely demise in The Fate of the Furious, her younger sister can fill that void. Another new female protagonist introduced in Fast X, Daniela Melchior’s Isabel also felt like she was included mostly to set up this future spinoff. Melchior is one of the more promising young actors to pop up this decade, and her work in The Suicide Squad proves she is more than ready to have a large part in a team-up action movie.

5 Gal Gadot’s Place In The Fast Spinoff As Gisele Is Likely
Fast X confirmed Gisele is still alive

Gal Gadot made her return to Fast and Furious in the final moments of Fast X’s ending, which confirmed that Gisele is alive after Fast & Furious 6. The character’s return had been speculated for a long time, and audiences should see much more of her now that her fate is confirmed. A Fast & Furious female spinoff can answer lingering questions about Gisele’s life, such as how she survived falling from a plane or what she’s been doing for the last several years. The movie can also finally give Gisele a prominent role in the franchise once again.

4 Charlize Theron’s Cipher Could Play Both Sides In The Spinoff
The franchise’s villain is not to be trusted

In both The Fate of the Furious and F9: The Fast Saga, Charlize Theron’s Cipher served as the franchise’s primary antagonist. While Fast X puts her allegiance into question, she is still one of the best villains in all of Fast and Furious and would make an excellent baddie for the all-women team to go up against. While Cipher could be a reluctant ally to the team, Theron is just much more fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and the film could serve as a fitting conclusion to her movie-spanning scheme.

3 Eva Mendes Can Return As Monica Fuentes At Long Last
She hasn’t been seen since Fast Five
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast & Furious female spinoff would also be a great opportunity to finally bring back Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes. Following her debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, she returned briefly in Fast Five’s post-credits scene. Eva Mendes has since mostly retired from acting, leaving audiences without a chance to see Monica’s story continue. A Fast X Easter egg did provide a reminder of her presence in the franchise. This could be to help set up her appearance in Fast 11, but a return alongside the franchise’s biggest female characters would be more fitting.

2 Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie Needs To Crossover With The Main Franchise
She’s from the franchise’s only current spinoff
Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw

Only appearing in Hobbs & Shaw, Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie is the third sibling in the Shaw family and one of the most dangerous women in the Fast universe. She was a scene-stealing presence in the previous Fast & Furious spinoff movie that left audiences wanting more. It would be great to see Kirby return for an even bigger role in the franchise spinoff, allowing her to interact with some of the other prominent characters along the way.

1 Helen Mirren’s Queenie Should Be The Female Ensemble’s Mentor
She’s become a frequent face
Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw in Fast and Furious

With her appearances in the past four movies, including Hobbs & Shaw, Helen Mirren has become a surprising mainstay of the Fast & Furious franchise. Her role as British gangster Queenie is such a fun role for the Dame, and her time in the universe should continue especially in the all-female spinoff. Mirren’s roles in the movies have mostly been one-scene cameos, so this film could be a great space to expand the character and give her a chance to interact with more actors than just Vin Diesel.

Fast X Poster Fast X Release Date: 2023-05-19 Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 141 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson Budget: $340 Million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): 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 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8, F9: The Fast Saga1 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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