2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
A cultural phenomenon
in the suburbs of several major cities such as Los Angeles and Miami, street
racing combines high-octane action and drama, with pink slips or wads of cash,
the prizes of the night.
The popular obsession
is fueled by enthusiasts (as evidenced by the car casting-call turnout prior to
the start of filming), who spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars
modifying their cars. Singleton, Moritz, the screenwriters, crew and cast were
all committed to showcasing
these spectacular automobiles and featuring them in pulse-pounding action
"Street racing has
evolved into a culture of its own-a way of life for many young adults,"
says Singleton. "It brings together a diverse group of kids who share a
passion that has become a part of the social fabric as much as online music or
2 Fast 2 Furious again
puts audience members in the passenger seats of these high-performance,
high-speed automobiles and adds a contemporary, compelling tale of sky high
stakes, honesty, loyalty and romance.
racing scene has been developing for years," Singleton adds. "This
gives the story an added feel. When
combined with the color
of the city and its reputation for having some nefarious characters among its
citizens, we have all the visual elements for a compelling story.
To again deliver the
exciting car sequences that were the hallmarks of the first film, provide the
most dazzling vehicles on the road and add credibility to the racing scenes,
Craig Lieberman returned as the technical advisor to 2 Fast 2 Furious. A
crew of talented and dedicated stunt drivers joined the film along with
Lieberman, many of whom worked on the original film; the seasoned experts took
over for the actors when sitting behind the wheel of these earthbound rockets
became too dangerous. (The drivers included Oakley Lehman, Kevin Jackson and
Debbie Evans, who won the World Stunt Award for Best Vehicular Action Sequence
by a Woman featured in The Fast
and the Furious.)
So necessarily, the
vehicles used in the film became another all-important factor (and casting
issue) to the filmmakers and the studio. Universal allocated a significant portion of
the film's overall budget to build or acquire nearly 190 vehicles.
Additionally, nearly 400 cars would be required to serve as "extras."
director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti employed a number of specialized
rigs and filming techniques in order to realistically capture the actors behind
the wheels of the supercharged automobiles. Created for and utilized in The
Fast and the Furious, filmmakers again used a Mick Rogers (or "mick-ray"-basically
a truck with a car shell mounted on it); the truck can be driven as fast
as required and the realistic force created by sharp turns executed at high
speeds is exerted on the "driver" and filmed. Also, a "shifter
car" was deployed-a low dune buggy-like vehicle
mounted with a camera
that can be driven at speeds exceeding 100 mph and can follow, drive alongside
or pass a car while filming. Addi
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