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THE MOVIE: 2 Fast 2 Furious

Paul Walker • Tyrese • Devon Aoki
DIRECTOR: John Singleton

More cars, more action THE CONCEPT:
In this sequel to The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), now a disgraced ex-cop living in Florida, gets the chance to restore his badge by going undercover as a street racer, in order to capture a drug dealer who has links to illegal racing.

U.S. RELEASE: June 6 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


: “When I first saw The Fast and the Furious, I was like, ‘Damn, why didn’t I think of that?’ Growing up in South Central LA, 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. I referenced it in Boyz N the Hood.”

“This sequel has got a sense of humor. I think Tyrese is funny man. He’s one of the few guys out there that is good looking and funny as hell. You don’t find that too often. “

“I’m from the ghetto, Watts, I’m black, I’ve got a lot of bad habits. Paul is from Huntington Beach; he’s the all American white boy, blonde hair, blue eyes; but we vibed. We went to clubs together, we were in each other’s hotel rooms partying, we went to sushi spots, flirted with girls – it wasn’t work for me. It was like I was getting paid to hang out.”

“I didn’t have a driving license when I first got the role of Suki. When John Singleton found that I couldn’t drive, he was like, ‘What? You don’t drive? Are you serious?’ Then I went to Miami and I did a two-week crash course, learning how to drive. To learn in that environment for a first-time driver was mind-blowing.”

“[The first movie] was all about Vin Diesel, there’s no question. That’s why he ran off and did xXx for $10 million. I didn’t see that offer, I’ll tell you that!”

“We put a casting call out on the West Coast for owners to submit their cars for use in the film. We put a notice on the Internet for drivers to convene in a parking lot in Santa Monica. There was only about a 36-hour notice, so we expected about 100 cars or so. On the day of the call, there were traffic jams in the area because drivers with more than 700 cars showed up.”

TYRESE on rap stars, like himself, who cross over into movies:
“Some people can act and other people can’t. I don’t go on the set of the movie in the mindset of a musician. I get in there and take it seriously, like that’s all I do. I’m here to act. Whether this movie does well or not, I’m still going to sell records.”

WALKER on the most difficult stunt he did in movie:
“Weaving in and out of traffic at over 120 an hour was pretty intense!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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