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Paul Walker and Matt Schulze carefully choreographed the fight scene outside the grocery store, but when it came time to shoot, it didn't feel right. In the end, they just improvised.
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Neither Michelle Rodriguez, nor Jordana Brewster, had driver's licenses or even learner's permits before production of the film.
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Vin Diesel accidentally broke a stuntman's nose.
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During the Race Wars, real-life drivers brought their cars to participate in the huge scene.
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Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were dating off-screen during filming, just as they did on-screen.
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Over 1,500 cars were at the Race Wars.
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Filmmakers asked owners of houses in backgrounds to re-paint their houses, with more muted colors to show off the colorful cars.
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Dominic's RX-7 originally had a roll cage. It was removed to accommodate Vin Diesel's physique.
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Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Eminem were all considered for the part of Brian O'Connor before Paul Walker was cast.
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There are over 15,000 individual sound effects in the first street race.
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The first street race scene is supposedly a quarter mile race, taking approximately ten seconds. However, the race takes almost two minutes of screen time and shows the vehicles driving in excess of 150 miles per hour, faster than even a 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron can accomplish a 1/4 mile.
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Working titles for the movie included "Racer X", "Redline" and "Race Wars".
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The role of Mia was written for Eliza Dushku, but she turned it down.
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The Volkswagen Jetta that Jesse drives in the movie, was later purchased by Frankie Muniz.
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Only two domestics are ever driven by the principal cast: Dom and his '70 Charger, and Brian's Racer's Edge Ford Lightning parts truck. Dom also drives a '70 Chevelle SS in the post credits scene.
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There were more than sixty Japanese vehicles in this movie.
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Throughout the Fast & Furious series, Dom is typically seen driving only domestic cars. The only times he does not drive a domestic car are in this film and during the London chase scene in Fast & Furious 6 where he drives a BMW.
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The title rights, not the story rights, to the film The Fast and the Furious (1954), were purchased so that the title could be used on this project, another film about racing. The original film was shown in a theater owned by the grandfather of producer Neal H. Moritz.
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The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X2 (2003) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) were both released in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) were both released in 2006, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Fast & Furious (2009) were both released in 2009, X: First Class (2011) and Fast Five (2011) were both released in 2011 and The Wolverine (2013) and Furious 6 (2013) were released in 2013. Furious 7 (2015) was originally set to be released in 2014, the same year as X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) however, Furious 7 then was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death. The trend got back on track in 2017 with the releases of Logan (2017) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).
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The movie playing on television, in Dom's house during the party, is Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), also directed by Rob Cohen.
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Rob Cohen's original casting choices were Mario Lopez as Dominick, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brian, and Dustin Diamond as Jesse. However, studio execs feared that the reteaming of the Saved by the Bell (1989) co-stars would confuse audiences. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Chad Lindberg were eventually cast in the roles.
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Rob Cohen): as the pizza delivery man, who is blocked by the first race.
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At the house party, Dom says to Brian, "You can have any beer you want, as long as it's a Corona." This is a reference to automobile innovator Henry Ford. Although he probably never said, "You can have any color you want, as long as it's black," and although the Model T to which he was supposedly referring was made in several colors (including a couple of shades of green and red as well as gray, blue, and several others), the phrase has long been attributed to him, the Model T was not available in black during its first years of production.
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Before the first race, Leon states that there is "a one eighty-seven in Glendale". Glendale is the birthplace of Paul Walker.
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The house used as headquarters for the FBI and LAPD undercover investigation is the same house that was used as Walter Matthau's house in Hanging Up (2000).
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The green 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T that Paul Walker is driving at the start, is the same one used in the movie Sex Drive. There were a few differences made to it, such as the roof scoop.
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Only one other classic Mopar was used for the film besides Torreto's Dodge Charger. A 1969 Roadrunner featured during the Rave party the night before the Race Wars.
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When at the party after the first race, the song "Area Codes" by Ludacris can clearly be heard. Ludacris would go on to play Tej in numerous sequels in the franchise.
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The film is considered to be a remake or an updated version of Point Break (1991). In that film, young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover as a surfer to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers called The Ex Presidents , who are surfers. Johnny becomes friends with surfer Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and becomes romantically involved with another surfer Tyler (Lori Petty). But Utah soon discovers that Bodhi and his gang are the bank robbers.
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Paul Walker and Ted Levine also worked together on Joy Ride (2001) the same year.
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The car Leon drives is a Nissan Skyline R33, which is not available in the United States and must be imported straight from Japan.
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During the barbecue scene, when Vince finally sits down, and they all start eating, while the camera is fading away from the table, you can hear Leon briefly say, "what? Did you go rent a movie or something?"
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Was inspired by the 1998 Vibe article, "Racer-X".
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Jordana Brewster's last acting role for three years, until D.E.B.S. (2004).
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At one point studio execs were trying to get Collin Farrell for the part of Dominic.
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The 1970 charger that Dom drives, and both Brian's Eclipse and Supra, are in the latest Fast and Furious car packs for Forza Motorsport 6 and Forza Horizon 2.
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Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Duel (1971), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Point Break (1991), The Need for Speed (1994), and Grand Theft Auto (1997), are considered influences behind the film.
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The driver of the KJ Transport big rig truck for the final truck heist is Kevin Smith (Hercules The Legendary Journeys). In the DVD commentary director Rob Cohen made note of this since the role was uncredited for the film. He also mentions in the commentary that he kept Kevin's face obscured to give the same anonymity that he did to the other truck drivers.
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During the house party scene, Vince is seen playing a Gibson Les Paul Custom Bullseye guitar. This is the exact same guitar that Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society also plays.
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When Dominic Toretto was reading Brian's driver's license, Brian's alias read BRIAN EARL SPILNER, and Toretto said that it sounded like a serial killer name. Toretto is probably referring to infamous serial killers who allegedly murdered famous historical, such as LEE HARVEY OSWALD who assasinated President John F. Kennedy or JAMES EARL RAY who assasinated Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Both serial killers had three names.
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Two characters of the movie, Harry and Edwin, both mentioned that Brian Spilner had enough NOS (Nitrous Oxide) in his green modified Mitsubishi Eclipse to blow himself up.
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Cameo 

Neal H. Moritz: driver of the black Ferrari.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Dominic Toretto's black muscle car is a 1970 Dodge Charger with a 528ci supercharged Hemi and 727 automatic transmission. This Charger is the same body style (although one year newer) as the famous 1969 Dodge Charger "General Lee" of the The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) television series. After the filming of the crash at the end of the film, the same 1970 Charger wound up in the opening scenes of Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) as a car in the junkyard.
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When first submitted to the MPAA, the film received an R-rating. Some shots from the final robbery showing Vince's mutilated arm were cut.
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Paul Walker has stated that he did this film because of the movie Donnie Brasco (1997). Because he thought the role of an undercover cop was a cool idea, and he'd like to portray that type of character.
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The street where Vin Diesel crashes his car at the end of the film, is the same location as the first narcotics bust, in Training Day (2001), which was also written by David Ayer.
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