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As a 24-year-old freelance reporter in 1998, Ken Li had no idea that his articles about urban drag-racing in New York City would get optioned by Universal Studios, let alone turned into 2001's The Fast and the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez. But the stories he wrote about a 30-year-old Dominican drag-racer named Rafael Estevez – first in the New York Daily News, and then in Vibe magazine – were so gripping, they became the seed for a 14-year-long movie franchise that would end up grossing around £1.5bn worldwide. »
14 years after it first hit the big screen in 2001, the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-led Fast & Furious franchise has gone from strength-to-strength, earning more than $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
Originally based around illegal street racing, the Fast movies have evolved to become big, bombastic entertainment with larger-than-life characters and gravity-defying stunts. But underneath it all these are also films about family, with Diesel, Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez's characters the heartbeat of the series.
7. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
It's quite amazing that the Fast & Furious franchise survived at all after its misjudged sequel. Only Paul Walker remained for its second outing, which focused more on the street racing than the characters »
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