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Jason Statham did most of his own stunts.
The trailer for the film showed Frank deflecting a missile with a tea tray. In the same scene in the film, the assault on Frank's house, there is no sign of this in the released version. It was taken out at Jason Statham's request because he didn't think audiences would believe it.
When Lai is flipping through the pictures at Frank's house, the photo of the little boy with the monkey is really Jason Statham.
In the DVD Bonus features, it is revealed that during the garage scene, what was thought to be transmission oil is really molasses syrup. Jason Statham reported it to be a very 'sticky' situation.
Frank's car is a BMW 750i E38 (pre-facelift). The car in the movie is the only one ever produced with a manual six-speed gearbox. This information is obtained from the full-length audio commentary available on the DVD. People have made conversions using the manual gearbox from the BMW 850CSi E31 but that car is genuinely rare.
When Lai is using the computer, she browses through several other pictures before finding Wall Street's. The other pictures are all of crew members and the names next to the pictures are all jokes ("Gordon Zola", "Christiane Isme"...).
When Lai is cooking breakfast for frank she accidentally burns her fingers, she then touches her ear, this is actually a method used to help cool a burn. The earlobe helps disperse the heat.
The "ignition code" for Frank's BMW is 1732.
When leaving the police station after Frank's house was blown up, Lai goes to take a taxi; the taxi is a white Peugeot 406, the same taxi the main character drives in Luc Besson's Taxi (1998).
Wall Street's real name is Derren Bettencourt, as can be seen in the D.A.T.A.P.O.L. printout.
This is the only "Transporter" film where Frank wears other clothes other than just his signature black suit.
Among the assault rifles used in the movie are a Steyr StG 77 AUG, An M-4 carbine, a H&K G36, and a SIG 552 rifle used by Frank when he is checking shipping containers for the Chinese people.
Matt Schulze appeared in this film after he appeared in The Fast and the Furious (2001). He then went on the reprise his role in Fast Five (2011). Jason Statham plays the villain in Furious 7 (2015).
Jason Statham learned how to hot-wire a car just for one scene. "Would've liked to know that when I was about 15."
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The US poster lists Corey Yuen as director and Louis Leterrier as artistic director. The European release lists Yuen as action director and Letterier as director, similar to the opening credits of the film.
Shu Qi spoke almost no English when she was cast. The producers gave her the script early so she could practice with an English teacher in Hong Kong.
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In the original conception of the movie, Frank was gay. The love scene with Qi Shu was added specifically to draw attention away from any potential remaining vestiges of that aspect in the script.
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Sound editor Vincent Tulli makes a cameo appearance in the film as a trash man.
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Jason Statham did almost all the driving during the car chases.
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Shu Qi had trouble pronouncing "Madeleines" so they had her read it from the cookbook to make it easier.
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Because of the language barrier, Shu Qi and Jason Statham couldn't communicate off-screen. She said, "It was like rooster and duck all day long."
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The role of Frank Martin was written for Jason Statham after producers saw him in The One (2001).
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Jason Statham knew how to kickbox but had to train in martial arts before shooting began.
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One of the falling embers from the house explosion hit Jason Statham and set his hair on fire.
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The crew used a giant tow truck to pull the big rig down the highway. It had cameras mounted to the outside. It's really Jason Statham hanging off the bottom of the truck. "I had a wire up my leg and they assured me I was quite safe. There was a lot of hanging on to do."
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The license plate of the truck Frank steals is 656 STA 13.
The only "Transporter" film to be given the R16 rating in New Zealand.
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In this film, Frank Martin is a former soldier turned hired driver. In Luc Besson's earlier film The Fifth Element (1997), Korben Dallas is a former space commando turned taxi driver.
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Matt Schulze wanted his character to be "slim and sort of like a raven...I lost like 40 pounds for the role. I fasted for 16 days."
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The film was considered a possible influence behind Serenity (2005). In that film, the main protagonist Captain Malcolm Reynolds is a former soldier turned space pirate. In this film, Frank Martin is also a former soldier turned hired driver and mercenary. In both films, both characters become protectors of their cargo, beautiful young women, whose clients and the government are after.
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