After dominating the box office and taking in a over $1.5 billion, the seventh film in Universal Studios Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7 has been released on DVD and Blu-ray this week! But before you all race into stores to pick up a copy, it only seems fitting to celebrate the release of this adrenalin filled film by learning about some of the more interesting and intriguing aspects of this enormous blockbuster. Check out these 7 Furious facts you may not have known about Furious 7:
1. A crazy car for a crazy stunt
The car that Dom and Brian drove through not one, but two of Etihad towers in Abu Dhabi during Furious 7 is called a Lykan HyperSport. The Hypersport is an extremely limited production sports car made by a Lebanese based company, W Motors. The car is the third most expensive car in the world, with a price tag of a cool $3.4 million, and even if you did somehow have the spare cash, you'd have to fight off the other keen buyers because W Motors plans to produce just seven of the cars! But don't panic about there being one less Lykan for sale due to Dom and Brian, because...
2. The film made and destroyed hundreds of cars!
For the sake of the film's budget, there were six replica Lykan HyperSport cars built out of fiberglass, instead of carbon fiber. In addition to using different materials, the cars in the film used a 300bhp Porsche Boxter engine, rather than the 750bhp that the Lykan actually has. While costs were cut by not spending $20.4 million on Lykans, there were 230 cars destroyed during filming!
3. Big cost stunt with a low cost solution
Furious 7 contained some of the biggest and most impressive action sequences seen in any film. While some CGI and special effects were used in post production, there was a surprising amount of practical effects used in the film. While the stunts may have been big and flashy, sometimes it's the simple things that work best. While shooting at the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, the helicopter pilot and crew filming the towers needed to find a way of keeping track of which floor the cars were supposed to be jumping through. With enormous buildings, and mirrored windows, this was a bit tricky. However, as the General Manager of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel Stefan Fuchs revealed there was actually a rather ingenious and simple trick: Flashlights! Fuch's recalled that a man stood for an entire day inside one of the private residences of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers flashing a torch to ensure that the pilot and cameraman were shooting the correct window. Tough gig!
4. Bigger is better
Clocking it at 2 hours and 17 minutes, Furious 7 gave us more adrenalin pumping action and car chases than any of the previous Fast & Furious movies.
5. It makes a touching reference to the first film in the franchise
During Furious 7 the cast of the film look over a guard rail over the city of Los Angeles. While it looked impressive to see the characters all standing unified, it was also a nice tip of the hat to both The Fast and the Furious and Paul Walker, as that very same road and parking lot was used by Brian to test his Eclipse.
6. Jason Statham had wanted to star in the franchise for years
English hard man Jason Statham was originally offered the role of playing Owen Shaw in Fast & Furious 6, but due to scheduling difficulties with two other films, he had to turn down the role (which later went to Luke Evans). However, because Statham and Vin Diesel had wanted to work together for some time, Vin penciled him in for Furious 7, and he ended up with the role of Deckard Shaw.
7. The Rock stars as both Hobbs AND himself in the film!
After his fight with Deckard Shaw lands him in hospital, Hobbs (The Rock) can be seen watching a college football game. One of the teams in the game is the University of Miami, and the commentators make reference to player #94. What's awesome about this scene is that the footage used is actually of The Rock way back in 1991 when he played college football for the Miami Hurricanes as #94!