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A week before filming ended, Dwayne Johnson posted an infamous message on Instagram, confirming that the production had endured its share of on-set frictions: "This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other series that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling - you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on Fast 8 and I'll finish strong. ;/ #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses". The post came after co-star and executive producer Vin Diesel reportedly cancelled some of Johnson's planned scenes at the last minute. On several occasions, Diesel had also reportedly refused to show up on-set as he was scheduled, leaving hundreds of cast, crew, and extras waiting on-set for him for more than six hours. Diesel confronted Johnson in a secret meeting one day after Dwayne's message was posted on-line. Johnson later told The Hollywood Reporter that the meeting cleared up a few things. He confirmed that he and Diesel did not shoot scenes together because of "a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach filmmaking and collaborating", but that he was "grateful for that clarity". Although he did not provide details, it was later revealed that the announcement of Johnson's spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) was one of the main reasons for Diesel's behavior (as it would split up the series, and delay F9: The Fast Saga (2021)). Johnson stated that he would probably pass on Fast & Furious 9, but wished Diesel "all the best and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about 'no ill will.' We'll just keep it with the clarity".
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When Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) explains the "top 10 most wanted" list, and that Roman (Tyrese Gibson) was number 11, he says people in the room are numbers 6, 8, 9, and 10. The missing number 7 is a tribute to Paul Walker, who died during production of Furious 7 (2015). His character, Brian O'Conner, is now out of the line.
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Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner used to drive Japanese imports. His replacement, Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood), who was his close friend in real life, also drives these type of cars (Subaru BRZ and Subaru Impreza WRX STi) in this movie. This indicates a tribute to the late Paul Walker from Scott, as these types of cars were his favorite in the Fast and Furious films, as Brian O'Conner and in real life.
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When the crew is shown the garage of all of the cars including the army tank, you can see Paul Walker's GTR that his character drove in Furious 7 (2015) up on top of one of the three-tier car racks. A subtle tribute to the late actor.
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In April 2016, this movie filmed in Iceland (standing in for Russian territory for the third time in a blockbuster movie, after A View to a Kill (1985) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)), including the largest explosion to be filmed in that country.
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While backstage at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Vin Diesel hinted in an interview that this movie would be set in New York City. He stated that "Furious 7 (2015) was for Paul and The Fate of the Furious (2017) will be from Paul". Before his tragic death, Paul Walker told Diesel that "Furious 8" was guaranteed to be made. Diesel reiterated the dedication in numerous other interviews while promoting this movie. This explains why the beginning of this movie opens with a street race, paying homage to the first two movies in the series, whose opening scenes contained street races involving Paul Walker's character.
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Hobbs is offered his job back, but after 16 years he'd rather take a break. The original Fast and Furious released 16 years before the release of this movie.
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Despite a considerable portion of this movie being set in New York City, the only actual filming that took place there was for second unit "B-roll" footage. Only "picture cars" were used for these scenes, and none of the lead actors or actresses were present for filming. All of the actual action sequences set there were filmed in Cleveland or Atlanta, given the logistical impossibility of closing down major streets in Manhattan for any extended length of time.
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During the London premiere of Furious 7 (2015), Dame Helen Mirren raved about the movie and her wish to appear in a role if there would be a sequel made. She reiterated her wish in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show (2007), saying that she wouldn't need "to act" and would just have fun in the movie. Word got around to Vin Diesel, who wrote a role for her in this movie.
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When Hobbs is taken into prison, Deckard Shaw taunts him by saying that he only needs to "dig through 38 feet of concrete, or so I'm told." The person who told him that was Hobbs, at the end of Furious 7 (2015).
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Vin Diesel and the producers of this movie wanted to shoot some large action sequences in Metro Manila, The Philippines. Producers were requesting government agencies to close down a large piece of a major highway in Manila called "EDSA", which is known to be one of the busiest highways in the country. The Philippine government turned down the request of the producers due to a major crippling of the city's thoroughfares.
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In one argument between Hobbs and Shaw, Dwayne Johnson decided to ad-lib and came up with a line about knocking Shaw's teeth so far down his throat, he'd need to stick a toothbrush up his ass to brush them. Jason Statham was so amused by the ad-lib that he broke character and started laughing. That's the take that was used in the film.
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There have been rumors that there was supposed to be a scene in the end credits that set up the spin-off movie between Deckard Shaw and Luke Hobbs, but it was cut by Vin Diesel.
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During the fight inside the ship toward the end of the movie, Dwayne Johnson used his wresting finisher "the rock bottom" to slam a guard onto a rail. This is the second time he shows off this move, the first being when he used it to slam Deckard Shaw through a glass table in Furious 7 (2015). He also used another wrestling move in Fast Five (2011) against Dom, the German Suplex.
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The first major Hollywood blockbuster to film in Cuba since the 1950s.
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Vin Diesel and Ludacris posted on their Instagram accounts an image for this movie with the backdrop of New York City, the first time the series has visited New York City.
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The coordinates 34.1381N,118.3534W that come up right before the Red Dragon soccer scene are actually the coordinates for Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles.
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This is the first movie in the series to include two Oscar winners: Dame Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.
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At one point in this movie, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) calls Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) "Hercules". This is a reference to Hercules (2014), in which Johnson starred as the title character.
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There is a scene in the movie involving the Shaw brothers (Luke Evans and Jason Statham) where they use a jet pack to fly into a plane. Once inside, Deckard quips "Now, don't get any ideas. You and planes don't have a good history." with Owen replying "No shit". This is a reference to the runway scene and what happened to Owen at the end of Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
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There is no mid or post-credits scene at the end of the movie.
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The way Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) bicker and make fun of each other is similar to how Gibson and Paul Walker bickered and made fun of each other in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Both of them were close friends with Paul Walker.
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Despite the plot being perfectly set up for a sequel, there are no scenes during or after the credits, despite this happening in previous films in the series.
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Filming in Cuba came with all sorts of unexpected problems, notably the lack of drinkable water and unreliable wi-fi. The production effectively brought everything with them, from helicopters to lorry loads of bottled water.
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The movie quite purposely contains numerous references to other movies, in addition to events within the Fast and Furious films dating back to Fast Five (2011). Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) compares Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to Hercules, which is particularly notable given the fact that Hobbs' role in Furious 7 (2015) was deliberately minimized because Johnson was set to film Hercules (2014) (as its title character) during most of Furious 7 (2015)'s original filming schedule. After filming was postponed following Paul Walker's death, making Johnson available again, the producers retooled that movie's ending to incorporate Hobbs as a major part of the action. Other references include a riff on "Miss Parker" (Ramsey) based on a line from Friday (1995), also directed by F. Gary Gray, and Jaws (1975), with Hobbs' comment "we're gonna need a bigger truck" while on the run from the submarine. Deckard woken up by his mother in the ambulance also references the Crank films, in which Jason Statham starred.
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During an interview, Vin Diesel talked about the possibility of filming in Egypt.
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Grossed $63.9 million on opening day in China, the highest grossing opening day there, then grossed $190 million in the country over the weekend, the highest grossing opening weekend in China.
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As was the case in the previous three Fast & Furious installments, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) bought product placement in the movie, but this time at a considerably broader level. Everyone on Dom's team except for Hobbs is shown driving a Dodge Challenger during their attack of the Berlin facility, and Hobbs' latest truck is depicted as a Ram (another FCA brand). Further, the producers revealed shortly before the movie's debut that all of the Challengers are 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons, an all-new variant of the model that FCA used the movie to introduce. The Demon is the most powerful factory-spec Challenger ever made, with an 840-horsepower engine and a quarter-mile time in the nine-second range. Also, nearly all of the "zombie cars" Cipher assumes control of during the New York City sequence are either Jeeps, Chryslers, or Fiats, including the ones seen falling from a garage onto the street below. Finally, both of the vintage muscle cars Dom drives are Chrysler-family vehicles: the 1971 Plymouth GTX from the Manhattan-set scenes, and a heavily modified 1970 Dodge Charger, the same one driven by Dom throughout the franchise, in the ice sequence.
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F. Gary Gray was picked over Louis Leterrier, William Eubank, and Adam Wingard to direct. Ericson Core, who was cinematographer on The Fast and the Furious (2001), was considered as well.
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This movie references Friday (1995) also directed by F. Gary Gray, when Tej Parker says "Hey, Miss Parker" in the end.
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At the beginning, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) uses a soda can top ring to make "a poor man's turbo". However, the engine can clearly be seen to have a turbo on the right hand side during the racing scenes, as it is glowing red.
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The character played by Scott Eastwood is never named. Eastwood's father, Clint Eastwood, is famous for playing the Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy.
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Released on 1079 IMAX screens worldwide, the widest opening ever for a single movie in IMAX history.
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The 30th film to gross over $1 billion worldwide (and the second in this series to do so).
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The release of the film coincided with director F. Gary Gray receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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On its opening weekend, this movie grossed $31.1 million globally on IMAX screens alone.
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The vehicles driven by the team during the Manhattan action sequence include a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette (Letty); a 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S (Tej and Ramsey); a 2016 Jaguar F-Type (Shaw); a 2016 Bentley Continental GT (Roman); a 2017 Subaru BRZ (Little Nobody); and an International MXT (Hobbs). By necessity, the team drives mostly customized vehicles for the climactic ice sequence, but the two street models used in it, given that both are equipped with all-wheel-drive, are a Lamborghini Murciélago (driven by Roman) and a Subaru WRX STI (Little Nobody). Hobbs drives an "Ice Ram", a heavily modified Dodge Ram truck with tank-style tracks instead of wheels, Letty drives a customized Local Motors Rally Fighter, and Tej drives a Ripsaw Tank.
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In one scene, Cipher (Charlize Theron) is wearing a vintage Metallica "Metal Up Your Ass" shirt.
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There was an attempt to get Rob Cohen to return, (he directed the first film) but instead the job went to F. Gary Gray.
The 3rd highest grossing film of 2017.
This is the sixth time that Chris Morgan has written the script for one of the Fast & Furious films.
Lucas Black was set to reprise his character from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). Unfortunately, his schedule for his TV series NCIS: New Orleans (2014) prevented him from doing this.
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Preparations for this film began immediately after the release of the previous installment.
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With Dame Helen Mirren appearing in this movie, this marks the second time that Vin Diesel has acted opposite an actress who has been knighted as a Dame in the Order of the British Empire. The first was Dame Judi Dench in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).
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In this movie, Kurt Russell plays Mr. Nobody, one of his bases of operations he refers to as "Nowhere". Russell also played Ego (the living planet) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), in which there is another planet/location called "Knowhere".
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Luke Hobbs performs the Haka, a traditional Maori (from New Zealand) chant, which is similar with the dancing performed by Maui in Moana (2016), who was voiced by Johnson. The Haka has its roots throughout Polynesian culture all the way to Hawaii - the one Hobbs dances with his girls soccer team is Maori and there are variants throughout the islands in the Pacific.
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The first trailer shows Mr. Nobody breaking Deckard Shaw and Luke Hobbs out of prison, so he can recruit Shaw into helping them find, and get Dom back. This can only mean that Deckard Shaw will switch from antagonist to protagonist in this movie. He was the main antagonist in Furious 7 (2015).
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Director F. Gary Gray had a scene which went beyond the family friendly level, which was then edited for U.K. audiences to maintain the 12A rating. If the scene had stayed, it would have been rated 15.
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Jason Statham and Dame Helen Mirren share the same birthday, July 26 (22 years apart). Vin Diesel and Elsa Pataky also share a birthday, July 18 (9 years apart).
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Second film in the series that did not feature Paul Walker after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), due to Walker's death on November 30, 2013.
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The car chase in Iceland is very reminiscent of the James Bond movie Die Another Day (2002), with another Bond movie that actually filmed some scenes there. Many other chases appear that are inspired by James Bond movies such as Skyfall (2012) - Dom's house blowing up, and Licence to Kill (1989) - the gas tank chase. Rick Yune appeared in Die Another Day (2002) and The Fast and the Furious (2001).
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Opening IMAX countdown was altered for this movie.
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Last appearance of Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in a Fast & Furious film (excluding the Hobbs & Shaw spinoffs), until further notice.
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During the kids' soccer game, Hobbs tells the government official that if he loses the game, he'll have to take the girls to Tay Tay concerts - Tay Tay referring to Taylor Swift. Co-star Scott Eastwood appeared alongside Swift in her music video, "Wildest Dreams".
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Charlize Theron played the main antagonist in this Fast & Furious installment. In Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), she played Furiosa, which is the female word translation for "furious" in Spanish.
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Surpassed Fantastic Four (2005) as the highest-grossing film directed by an African-American.
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Now Playing Podcast reviewed The Fate of the Furious. This film received one "recommend" and two "not recommends".
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Writer Chris Morgan stated that having Dom name his son "Brian" just felt like the right thing to do. Not only was it a way to honor Paul, but also a way to honor the character of Brian for everything he and Dom have been through throughout the saga and pay tribute to how much Brian has changed Dom's life. It also imitates Diesel's real-life homage to Walker, who named his daughter, Pauline, after the late actor in March 2015.
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When Cypher asks Dom what is important to him, Dom answers, "family". Cypher corrects him and says, "It's the 10 seconds between start and finish when you're not thinking about anything: no family, no obligation; just you, being free." These are the same words spoken by Dom to Brian in The Fast and the Furious (2001) when they were talking in Dom's garage after showing his dad's black Charger.
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Dame Helen Mirren once said in an interview with Yahoo News that it was her great ambition to be a "baddie" or a "mad driver" in a Fast & Furious movie. Her wish was somewhat granted with this movie: although she doesn't get to drive, she plays an influential underworld figure who is also the mother of two previous bad guys, Owen (Luke Evans) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
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Cipher is the first villain in the series to remain at large.
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The majority of the cars shown in the New York Heist to obtain the nuclear football that are controlled by Cipher are older models and would be impossible to hack as they don't have self-driving capabilities.
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The outfit Hobbs wears after Mr. Nobody breaks him and Deckard out of prison is the outfit he wears for the whole movie after that. He doesn't change or alter his outfit until the last act of the movie.
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When Dom steals the nuclear codes by cutting open the limo, he wears a mask very similar to Jason Statham's character Jensen Ames from Death Race (2008).
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In Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) was last seen getting thrown from the cargo hold of a plane. In this movie, Owen makes his return through the cargo hold of Cipher's (Charlize Theron's) plane.
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Although Paul Walker died and his character Brian O'Conner retired at the end of Furious 7 (2015), his character lives on and was mentioned by Tej (Ludacris) in one scene. This movie contains tributes to Walker, particularly Dom naming his son "Brian" in honor of his brother-in-law.
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