7 Things You Didn't Know About the Fast & the Furious!
🚗"Kurt Russel," "Mr. Nobody" in 'Furious 7', is rumored to have a much more significant role in 'The Fate of the Furious,' but you probably didn't know that"Mr. Nobody" could have been played by "Denzel Washington."
The studio wanted him for the part, but "Denzel" turned it down.
They also considered "Halle Berry" before "Kurt Russel" was finally cast.
The main idea was the studio wanted a big name, so they'd have some star power already in place when "Mr. Nobody" is more in the forefront in the upcoming film.
After all, they wouldn't want some C-lister screwing up the beer commercial that happens in the middle of the movie.
let's move on.
🚗You remember this part from 'Furious 7' with "Hobbs" watching a football game in the hospital when it quickly gets cut off by breaking news?
Well, I'll bet you didn't know that "The Rock" was actually watching one of his own college games.
The game playing on the TV was from his days at the University of Miami, and he's the number 94 the announcer is talking about, sacking the quarterback right before the news interrupts.
So, now you know that, next thing.
🚗The summer movie season unofficially kicked off with 'Logan,' and it'll be full underway with 'The Fate of the Furious.'
What most people don't know is, movies from 'The Fast and the Furious' and the 'X-Men' franchises have almost always been released in the same years.
It started with 'X-Men 2' and '2 Fast 2 Furious' in 2003 and their cycles more or less stayed in sync from there on out with 'The Last Stand' and 'Tokyo Drift' both in 2006, 'X-Men Origins Wolverine' and 'Fast and Furious' in 2009, 'X-Men First Class' and 'Fast Five' both in 2011.
It only fell out of sync when the release of 'Furious 7' was pushed from 2014 to 2015, meaning it wouldn't line up with 'X-Men Days of Future Past.'
But hey, they're still five for six, which is most of them.
🚗It recently became technically accurate to say Academy Award-winning film, 'Suicide Squad.'
So you might be surprised or enraged to hear that the Golden Globe-nominated film 'Furious 7' is equally true.
It was the first film in the franchise's history to earn such a nomination, and it's definitely worth mentioning that the nomination was actually for Best Original Song, as it sure wasn't for best screenplay or acting.
The song in question was 'See You Again' by "Wiz Khalifa" and "Charlie Puth."
Let's move on.
🚗We mentioned earlier that "Kurt Russell" was almost "Denzel Washington."
But an even bigger what if was that "The Rock" was almost "Tommy Lee Jones."
Agent "Hobbs" was originally going to be a much older character, and "Tommy Lee Jones" was the prototype.
The reason they switched from "Jones" to "The Rock," Facebook.
Evidently, some fans said on Facebook that he wanted to see "Vin Diesel" square off against "The Rock" on screen.
"Diesel" saw the comment that took the idea to "Justin Lin" when they were filming 'Fast Five,' and the rest is history.
Now with "Vin Diesel," "The Rock," "Tyrese," "Jason Statham" and "Djimon Hounsou,"
'Fast and Furious' movies have a 100% market share of bald, beefcake actors.
🚗It is very evident that 'Tokyo Drift' actually takes place between 'Fast and Furious 6' and 'Furious 7'.
And if you've seen all the films you already know how that all works out. But from a cohesion standpoint, it almost didn't.
The scene with "Vin Diesel" in 'Tokyo Drift' was only crowbarred in after really poor test screenings of 'Tokyo Drift.'
"Diesel" agreed to appear in the film if Universal decided to give him the rights to the 'Riddick' franchise, rights which he then used to make 'Riddick' in 2013, not a bad deal for half a day's work.
🚗For those of you who are wondering why they keep making these movies,
well, I'm currently wondering why you would still be watching this video.
The point is, the 'Fast and Furious' franchise is ridiculous, but it's also ridiculously profitable.
Let's talk numbers because they keep going up.
'Furious 7' made $384 million worldwide on its opening weekend.
That's more than what the first film made in its entire theatrical run.
And make no mistake, the first film was no dud; it earned $207 million worldwide.
'Furious 7' also has the distinction of being the first film in the franchise to make over $1 billion worldwide.
It's the second highest-grossing film in the entire history of Universal, the first being 'Jurassic World.'
'Furious 7' also reached the $1 billion milestones faster than 'Avatar.'
It was the fastest film to make that much money until it was dethroned, again, by 'Jurassic World, ' which was soon dethroned itself by 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'
'Furious 7' is still the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.
Which means there's probably no end in sight for these films.
These were the 7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Fast & the Furious!
That's all for this one.
And all of our goofing on the franchise aside, let us know in the comments if you're going to see the next part of 'The Fast and the Furious' series.
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