2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
About The Production
performance of Summer 2001 blockbuster The Fast and the Furious may have
surprised some in the motion picture industry, but for successful filmmaker Neal
H. Moritz, it was no surprise at all. The producer felt that the film had
allowed thrill-seeking moviegoers a one-of-a-kind ride-a flashy combination of a
last-moving plot, supercharged vehicles, amazingly hot actors and slick, cutting
edge filmmaking techniques. That summer's moviegoers wholeheartedly embraced the
Fast and the Furious-the film's outstanding performance at the box office
(nor to mention being acclaimed by such lauded critics as Ebert & Roeper)
primed it for a follow-up.
"Because of the incredible response to The Fast and the Furious, we
knew we had struck a chord with young audiences. I believe we had tapped
into a culture-the very urban world of street racing. It really resonated with
our fans, who continued to support the film when it hit the streets on
DVD and video-I mean, it really just exploded again, allowing even more
people a chance to rake the ride. We knew they were ready for another film, but
only if we delivered one with the same authenticity and edge as the first. Well,
we've done just that."
And as if Moritz and
the team behind those fast and furious projects needed any more evidence that
the youth culture was hungry for more, studies conducted by
Teen Research Unlimited or TRU (a marketing research firm specializing
exclusively in teenagers) confirmed the phenomenon: in both TRU's Fall 2002
and Spring 2003 study results, The Fast and the Furious was ranked as
teens' all-time favorite movie.
director John Singleton, watching the original film gave him an eerie sense of
deja vu. Singleton explains, "When I saw The Fast and the Furious, I
was like, 'Damn, why didn't I think of that?' Growing tip in South Central
L.A., we had street races all the time. We sort of had car shows along Crenshaw
Boulevard, people lining up their cars with the snazzy wheel rims and
hydraulics. And late at night, they'd race between Crenshaw and Florence, and
into Inglewood and around Centinela Park. I referenced it in Boyz
N the Hood."
The director sides with
Moritz on the fact that the world of street racing is one that most young
audiences either want to see or be a part of. He feels that speed is endemic to
the urban lifestyle and, as such, perfect subject matter for seat-of-your-pants
moviegoing. He happily signed on to helm 2
Fast 2 Furious.
As production got
underway, the filmmakers were again reminded that they were capturing a popular
way of life that is continuing to burgeon-which began clearly evident during a
particular weekend during pre-production.
and the screenwriters were in total agreement that the original's success was
due mostly to its freshness... in everything from the visuals of it to
the wheels driving in it. So, they turned to custom race enthusiasts
themselves to get a look at what was scoring with drivers and turning heads with
reflects, "We put a casting call out on the West Coast for owners to submit
their cars for use in the film. We made a couple of contacts and put out a
notice on the Internet for drivers
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