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While attempting to escape their pursuers, the Fosters "borrow” Holbrooke Grant's car, the much-too-powerful-for-Phil Audi R8. When Phil inadvertently smashes into a taxi cab, the two vehicles' bumpers become hopelessly locked together. Nonetheless, the chase continues, the conjoined twin automobiles smashing their way down Manhattan streets.

The complicated sequence came about when Levy and Klausner were brainstorming ideas for a chase scene. Concerned about repeating the oft-used, cliché urban car chase, Klausner recalls, "I remember sitting in a room with Shawn, telling him, ‘You know, do we really have to do a car chase, because how many times have we seen a car chase in these movies? How interesting can that be?'”

Levy then related to his writer a story from his teenage years. "He was just learning to drive, and was trying to park, but he ended up smashing into another car in front of him and getting stuck on that car. His father just drove by and shook his head.” Thus was born the idea of conjoined cars.

But just having two cars barreling down the street wasn't enough. "Shawn wanted to do something that nobody had ever seen before,” says 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator Jack Gill, who planned and executed the sequence. "Once we got the basic idea of conjoining the cars, we began figuring out not only how to build the cars, but how to make it work comically. I then started adding eccentricities, like spinning them around in circles and having characters fire guns at them.”

Besides having six different cars that, each of which handled a specific aspect of the chase stunts, Gill built a 40 foot frame, upon which the Audi and cab bodies were placed. "So there's just one rigid frame,” he explains. The stunt driver was situated at the leading end of the conjoined vehicles. "So when the cab is facing forwards, with the Audi ahead of it facing the wrong way, the stunt driver is actually driving from inside the Audi's trunk, looking out the back so he can see where he's going and drive around corners.” In addition, for most shots, the rig's rear wheels – those under the rear end of the conjoined vehicles – could also steer, in the same manner as those of a hook-and-ladder fire truck.

Needless to say, don't try this at home on your own Manhattan street. New York City ordinances limited the production to the types of stunts that could be filmed on Manhattan streets. So following a week of night work in New York, the stunt team moved to downtown Los Angeles to complete the sequence.

"We had about six blocks to work with on Broadway, which was great,” Gill recalls. "We needed a long stretch locked down, because when you conjoin two cars together, you've got a thing that's forty feet long – getting it up to speed and shutting it all down can be tough. You can't just do it in two blocks.” The sequence was filmed with up to six cameras, including a special "balloon cam,” with wheeled buoys on each corner, which allowed the camera to be sent into the path of the speeding car pair and getting hit head-on, without damaging expensive camera equipment.

Carell did actually drive the R8 himself for a number of shots. "We wanted the car to have way too much power for a guy like Phil to handle,” says Gill. "So I asked Audi to disconnect the all-wheel drive, which meant putting all 560 horsepower into the rear wheels.” So what was Carell's impression? "He said it felt like somebody hitting him in the back of the head with a shovel when he stepped on the gas.”

In one shot, Phil must make his way to the cab while Claire is driving the Audi at high speed. "We did all the transfers across the hood with doubles – that was all real,” notes Gill. Close-ups of Carell and Fey were done against a green screen set at Twentieth Century Fox. Since the chase acrobatics had already been filmed


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