5 FASCINATING FAST AND FURIOUS FRANCHISE FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

You may think that the Fast & Furious franchise is a no-brainer action series full of physically impossible stunts and out-of-control testosterone-filled brawls. And you’d be right. But it’s also amazing.

But after seven films, the franchise is so surprisingly rich in backstory and character development that you can get lost in its geeky history and little-known facts. So while we wait another six months for volume eight, here’s some amazing nuggets of pub quiz fodder to tide us over:

1. Tommy Lee Jones was originally in line to play Hobbs

Vin Diesel had envisaged Men In Black favourite Tommy Lee Jones to play Dom’s government adversary Hobbs in Fast Five. It was initially a role very similar to his Samuel Gerard character in The Fugitive.

But, always willing to listen to his huge fanbase, Vin liked the idea of bringing in former wrestler-turned-action hero Dwayne Johnson. And so the part was completely rewritten (well, we assume so, as we can’t imagine Vin and Tommy beating the crap out of each other).Vin Diesel had envisaged Men In Black favourite Tommy Lee Jones to play Dom’s government adversary Hobbs in Fast Five. It was initially a role very similar to his Samuel Gerard character in The Fugitive.

But, always willing to listen to his huge fanbase, Vin liked the idea of bringing in former wrestler-turned-action hero Dwayne Johnson. And so the part was completely rewritten (well, we assume so, as we can’t imagine Vin and Tommy beating the crap out of each other).

2. Paul Walker wasn’t the first choice to play Brian
There were several actors on the list for who could have played Brian O’Conner back in the first movie.

The biggest names were Eminem (pre 8 Mile), Christian Bale (four years before Batman Begins) and Mark Wahlberg (who would end up starring in the Fast & Furious-style Italian Jobremake).

3. Vin Diesel turned down $25m for 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vin’s the main man when it comes to making Fast & Furious what it is today, but that wasn’t always the case.

He declined the offer to return for its sequel, which is easily the worst of the whole franchise (but still a lot of silly fun).

He told Variety in 2015: “[Universal Studios] didn’t take a Francis Ford Coppola approach to it. They approached it like they did sequels in ’80s and ’90s, when they would drum up a new story unrelated for the most part, and slap the same name on it.”

4. But he came back for Tokyo Drift, on one condition

The third movie drifted (sorry) even further away from the original, taking the action to Tokyo and focusing on new character Sean Boswell (Lucas Black). But the final scene featured a brief cameo from Vin’s Dominic Toretto.

After poor test screenings for the film, Universal asked Vin to make a cameo to boost its box office hopes. He agreed, but only if they gave him the rights to the Riddick franchise. They agreed, and he was able to make 2013’s Riddick himself. The (frankly genius) move helped keep interest in the F&F series and spawned the fourth movie three years later.

5. Ja Rule could be in Ludacris’s shoes right now

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