In the beginning it was a film about racing drivers. See how it came together.
About 20 years ago, producer Neal Moritz brought a vibe article called “Racer X” to Universal and told them this was going to be the next big thing. They thought he was crazy but they loved the idea of one Point break in the world of road racing.
And they loved that Rob Cohen and Paul Walker were involved. They had commissioned a script and it needed some work. David Ayer was raised and he changed it from the mostly white and suburban history of New York to a varied one in Los Angeles, much like the neighborhood he grew up in.
Even so, the film needed a title, an audition, and a check to see if the public would accept it.
But this story didn’t end with paraphrasing and casting. Recently, Weekly entertainment spoke to the original cast and crew to talk about making an instant classic and the way the story was built from there.
Let’s look at our favorite quotes from the article.
Fast and Furious Survive because it’s about empowerment
So they had a script and Paul Walker. They filled in the cast with Vin Diesel, who only got the role after Timothy Olyphant turned it down. Diesel came up with lots of notes about the character, and Ayer sat down with him and spoke them out.
When he saw that his character owned a Cuban bodega, he actually went to Cuba to try to understand that mentality.
Michelle Rodriguez has been added as Letty. She came with her own notes and told them Weekly entertainment“It was a reality check for them to see that the streets don’t work that way. You don’t just hang out with a guy because he’s hot. There’s a hierarchy there. Can you beat that hot guy?” If he can then you don’t date him because why do you want to lose the hierarchy? To keep them real I had to train them, “I know you guys like Hollywood and all that, but if you want it to be realistic, this is really how it works, and I’m not going to be a slut in front of millions of people, so you will lose me if you don’t change that ‘And they found out. ”
Moritz said, “Obviously the characters were written by men, so it was nice to have that feminine perspective and really try to dive deep. We wanted everyone to be empowered, whether they were white, black, Spanish, masculine, feminine are or not. ” We do not care. ”
This sense of empowerment permeated the cast and crew.
When it came to the title of the film, Mortiz had to borrow this from someone else.
“”We went through many titles: Red line, Racer X., Race Wars, Street wars. They were all cheesy. And I watched a documentary [producer] Roger Corman, whom I have known since childhood, and there was a small section about a film he made The Fast and the Furious. I thought, “That’s the title of this movie!” The next morning I called the Marketing Director at Universal and said, “Okay, I have the title: The Fast and the Furious! ‘And there was only silence at the other end. I said, “Oh, I think that’s the worst title he’s ever heard.” Then, a few hours later, he calls me and says, “This is a great title.” So we made a deal with Roger to let him use stock footage that Universal owned.“”
That sounds like a pretty good deal.
But they still had to make the film.
Street racing was illegal, and research into the film put the cast at risk. They participated in illegal races and regularly partied with each other to bond. They showed up on the set and that chemistry was translated. Walker and Diesel became quick friends. And they greet everyone else in their circle. The mantra of the film was “Family” and it was shown on the big screen.
It was also evident at the box office. The film was released on June 22, 2001. The Fast and the Furious opens at number one and would make more than $ 200 million worldwide, put its stars in the spotlight and change the course of franchise history.
Ironically, Diesel told the studio he thought they shouldn’t do sequels, but rather let the movie stand on its own as a classic. But when it came time for the fourth film, he and the rest of the surviving original crew came back to bring the series to where it is today.
Check out the whole interview Weekly entertainment and let us know your favorite series moments in the comments.