Earlier this week I shared with you my full review of Fast Five, the latest installment of the Fast & Furious series. While the movie was not that good, there were several things that caught my attention after the fact. For instance, the fact that half the characters in this film were new to Dom, the character played by Vin Diesel. Yet in the movie, he loved them like family and was willing to risk his life for them. But that’s not all; there are several things that didn’t add up. Regardless, there are some other things that you might find interesting about the movie and the people in it. Below are some things that might surprise you about Fast Five.
More Popular in Spain
She might be new to the big screen here in the United States, but did you know that Elsa Pataky is quite popular back home? She is actually looked at as one of the most famous actresses in her native Spain. But who is she here in the States?
In the movie Fast Five, she plays Elena, a cop in Rio. There are several scenes where she becomes extremely vulnerable, and even manages to make ties to one of the main characters. Come on, I cant spoil the entire film for you here. Let’s just say she sticks around until the movie is over.
(On a side note, make sure you DO stick around until the movie is over… there is one more scene halfway through the credits. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it. It sets up the next film.)
As if Dom’s muscles were not big enough already… we have to add The Rock to the mix. The Rock, also known as Dwayne Johnson, is known for his attitude in the ring and his big muscles on the outside. But lately Dwayne has been slimming down. When he agreed to do this film, he decided he needed to bulk up.
Looks like the Rock DID bulk up, adding nearly 30 pounds of muscle mass for the film. And it shows. There are a few scenes where it really stands out and becomes almost disgusting to the front row viewers. There is actually a scene where the two of them (Dwayne and Vin) beat each other up for a good five minutes. It’s a good scene, maybe the best of the film.
Getting back to the Fight
So that fight scene I was just talking about… that scene took longer to film than any other scene in the movie. It actually took over a week to film. First off, the two actors don’t really like each other in real life. But on screen you would never know it. However, in the press that follows you can totally tell there is a lot of animosity between these two.
The fight scene actually brings back the first Fast & Furious film. If you recall, Dom had gotten into some pretty big trouble for nearly beating a man to death with a wrench. Oddly enough, a wrench comes back into play in this film.. in similar fashion.
Dom chose not to use it this time.
Racing in Real Life
Paul Walker is a pretty solid actor. I like him in pretty much everything he is in. But this movie actually fits his favorite pastime as well. Did you know that Paul Walker races cars in his free time? He actually owns 17 different cars… an airport hanger full for that matter.
If you are a fan of the series, one of the cars that he owns is the Nissan Skyline that was used in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The movie itself is bad… basically because of the number of unrealistic scenes. There is just too much going on, and we have heard the story a million times before. Go see it, especially if you are a fan of the others. I just can’t support a movie like this. I really hope they end this franchise on a high note.