15 Facts About 'The Fast and the Furious'by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 21 Jun 2016
Take a look in the rearview mirror at some trivia for The Fast and the Furious as the movie celebrates its 15th anniversary. — Arno Kazarian
It All Started With a Vibe
"Racer X," a 1998 article in Vibe magazine about street-race fanatics who were tearing up New York City pavement in their Japanese compacts, inspired the idea to make the movie.
With a direct nod to the article, Racer X was one of the project's working titles, as were Redline and Race Wars. The title rights to this 1955 Roger Corman movie were secured so the project could legally be called The Fast and the Furious.
More on That 'Point Break' Influence
Many fans assert that the Point Break and Fast and the Furious story lines are pretty much identical.
At one point in the movie, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) visit a restaurant called Neptune’s Net. The real-life restaurant, located along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, is the same place where Lori Petty's character, Tyler, works in Point Break.
Some Serious Drivers Ed Was Required
It is well documented that neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver's licenses or even learner's permits before filming began, but Vin Diesel wasn't a pro driver before cameras rolled, either. Diesel attended stunt-driving school in Las Vegas while the project was in pre-production so that he could look convincing behind the wheel.
Jordana Brewster, who was dating Mark Wahlberg at the time, outlasted Natalie Portman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Bijou Phillips, and Jessica Biel for the role of Mia Toretto. Initially, Mia was written for Eliza Dushku, but she turned it down.
Michelle Rodriguez, who was in a romance with Vin Diesel during production, had a more direct line to her role: The opportunity to play Letty served as her second-ever audition after her breakout debut in Girlfight.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Legacy
The green 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX that Paul Walker drives at the beginning of the film is same one used in Sex Drive. Also, this is the only movie in the franchise where O'Conner doesn't drive a Nissan Skyline as his primary vehicle, which was one of Walker's favorite cars. Nevertheless, a Skyline does make an appearance in the movie; it can be seen in the four-way race where O'Conner tries to impress Toretto and his team.
A Tale of Two Domestic Cars
Only two domestic vehicles are ever driven by the principal cast: Dom has his 1970 Charger, and Brian has his Ford Lightning truck. More domestic vehicles would begin to appear in the sequels, however, as automakers made deals with Universal Pictures.
Extra Appearance, Extra Cheese
Rob Cohen makes an appearance in the movie as a Pizza Hut delivery guy.
The Chevy Chevelle Legacy
At the end of the movie, Dom drives off in a red 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS454 coupe. The car is seen again when Dom makes his return to the franchise in 2009's Fast & Furious.
Although multiple versions of the car exist, Diesel gifted one of the Chevelles to his infant daughter, who was born while Fast & Furious was in production.
Horsepower at the Box Office
After a $40 million opening weekend in the U.S., the movie racked up $144,533,925 total in the States. It made $207,283,925 worldwide. In terms of franchise standings, it ranks 5th in the U.S. and 6th worldwide.