ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

It's been 14 years since the rubber-burning extravaganza that is Fast and Furious first began, speeding onto screens and winning over the hearts of high-octante-action fans everywhere. Seven films later, the unstoppable series has grossed over two billion dollars, and it's been quite the wild ride.

But how much do you really know about this blockbuster franchise? Scroll down and educate yourself about some of movies' lesser known trivia tidbits.

1. Paul Walker Used His Own Car In 2 Fast 2 Furious

The very first car the late Paul Walker drives in the franchise's second installment is actually the actor's own personal set of wheels. A passionate car-nut himself, Walker personally handpicked all of the racing cars for the movie.

2. Brian (Paul Walker) And Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) Don't Speak to Each Other Until the Sixth Film

Despite sharing a common love for Dom, these two characters had somewhat of a silent relationship until Fast & Furious 6. Towards the end of the film, Brian approaches Letty to apologize for getting her involved with Braga. Letty responds, "I may not remember anything, but I do know one thing. Nobody makes me do anything I don't want." This marks the first time in the entire series that the two actually speak to each other.

3. This Car Crash Was Never Meant to Happen

Don't worry, no one was hurt and the stuntman walked away unharmed. 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton wanted to keep things fresh and interesting on set by encouraging improvisation...though I'm not sure he had this kind of improv in mind.

You can watch the full unscripted crash below:

4. Real Life 'Drift King' Keiichi Tsuchiya Cameos In Tokyo Drift

Forget Ken Block, this guy's the real deal. Professional race car driver and confirmed drift-master Keiichi Tsuchiya made a brief appearance in the franchise's third outing, playing the unimpressed fisherman seen above.

Tsuchiya also served as a stunt director and stuntman, driving one of the car's in the movie's climactic downhill drift race.

5. The Studio Thought Paul Walker Was Too Old to Return

That's right - Universal didn't even ask franchise figurehead Paul Walker to return for Tokyo Drift believing he was too old for the role. I guess they soon realized their mistake, tapping him to return for Fast & Furious 4.

6. Vin Gave His Red Chevelle to a Very Special Family Member

Ever the loving family man, Vin gave this iconic set of wheels to his infant daughter after filming was complete. What a sweetheart!

7. The Runway in Furious 6 Is Impossibly Long

I was so firmly glued to my seat during this unforgettable climax, the last thing I was thinking about was its technical accuracy. If I was, I might've noticed how logic-defyingly long the airport runway would've had to be in order to accommodate the explosive sequence.

The 13 minute scene sees the street racing crew chasing a plane traveling at 115 mph, which led Vulture to calculate that the stretch of concrete would've had to be at least 28 miles long. Considering the longest paved runway in the world (at the Chinese Qamdo Bamda Airport) is around 3.4 miles in length, it seems the crew took a few creative liberties with this one.

8. Some Of the Cast Couldn't Drive

They may very well look the part of a veteran street racer, but neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver’s licenses before the first film. I guess that's why it's called 'acting.'

9. Paul Walker, On the Other Hand, Very Much Could

So much so, he often did his own stunts - this badass drift is all him!

10. Herbie: Fully Loaded and Fast & Furious Take Place in the Same Universe

This blink-and-you'll-miss-it easter egg in Herbie: Fully Loaded hints at a rather unlikely franchise crossover. Eagle eyed viewers might have spotted this rather familiar 1970 Dodge Charger, driven by Dom in the original Fast & Furious movie. Fans have speculated that this can mean only one thing: Fast & Furious and Herbie: Fully Loaded take place in the same universe!

11. There Were 2 Different 2 Fast 2 Furious Movies

That's a lot of 2's, I know - but it's true! Universal didn't know whether Vin Diesel would return for a second NOS-infused outing, so they covered their backs by commissioning two scripts - one with Dom and one without. Vin eventually declined the role, and the producers gave the green light on the appropriate script. I wonder how different the franchise would've been had they made the alternate version!

12. Not Even the Cast Knew About Furious 6's Plot Twist

The plot details were so super secretive, Michelle Rodriguez only found out about the twist ending (Letty's photo being found by Hobbes) when she went to see the movie at the theater!

13. Fast & Furious Had Some Awesomely Bizarre Working Titles

Names considered for the movie included 'Racer X', 'Redline,' and the rather on-the-nose title 'Race Wars'.


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