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The first car you see Paul Walker drive in the movie, was his own racing car in real-life. He had a love for street racing. Also, he personally handpicked all of the racing cars in the movie.
While this movie was filming on one side of Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, Bad Boys II (2003) was filming scenes on the other side of the park.
Universal Studios had two different scripts commissioned. The first script featured Vin Diesel's character, while the second script did not, in case he decided not to return.
The part where the Corvette crashes into the Mustang on the freeway, was not planned, yet the stuntman walked away unscathed. Some parts of the ending were not scripted either, so the actors just improvised.
To keep the feel of the movie interesting, Director John Singleton often encouraged the actors to improvise during filming. Many of the humorous moments on screen are ad-libbed.
So much neon lighting was used in the cars that a technical specialist whose expertise was in shooting neon on film was kept on set at all times.
When Brian wins the first race, he powerslides toward the crowd. Paul Walker actually performed this stunt himself, among many other in this film and the prequel, as he was a big fan of street racing and a good driver.
The cars Brian races against at the beginning are the same models that won the major races in The Fast and the Furious (2001) and they reach the bridge in reverse order of their appearance in the first movie. The stunt crew actually reused some of the stunt cars from the original (they were, of course, modified to resemble the cars in the sequel).
The complex used as Verone's mansion was formerly owned by Sylvester Stallone.
Orange Julius's RX-7 was originally one of the cars that doubled as Dominic Toretto's red RX-7 in the first film.
Most of the cars were heavily reinforced with roll cages for the bridge jump. However, the roll cage would have been all too obvious in the convertible S2000. So, the stunt crew rigged up a remote control version for the jump with a dummy in the driver's seat.
Brian O'Conner's Nissan Skyline sustained a ruptured oil pan and severe damage on all four rims from the bridge jump, but in a few hours, the car was in good running condition with the parts replaced.
Before the first race, there is a deep-focus shot of three of the drivers in their cars turning one by one to look at Brian. The slightly unnatural motion of the head and eye movements of the actors reveals that this shot is running in reverse. As actually filmed, the action begins with Brian and then moves down the line of actors, finishing with Suki.
Rap artist Redman was seriously considered for the character of Tej. But due to schedule conflicts, the part was given to Ludacris.
The rear wing on Brian O'Conner's Nissan Skyline was made entirely of carbon fiber and cost 2,000 dollars.
The Mustang Saleen that crashes in the highway scene is not an actual Mustang Saleen. It is a V6 Mustang, modified with a Saleen body kit.
The electrical device used by the police throughout the film to disable the cars is non-existent in reality. It was just made up by the creators of the film to add more excitement.
The only Fast and furious movie that doesn't feature at least a cameo by Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.
The Yellow Dodge Viper driven by one of the goons, was the first of the new shape "production" Dodge Vipers, Universal pictures got hold of the first four of these cars, to use for filming, on the understanding that none of them would be damaged, this is why we don't see it crash in the actual film.
The scene near the end of the movie where the blue car is driven onto the boat was filmed at Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne. A new fishing pier was built by the movie crew to provide the ramp, and a car was prepared, with the engine and all fuel and brake lines removed, and the vehicle steam cleaned, so no oil or gas would pollute Biscayne Bay. The plan was to film the shot several times, but the first one went so well, that the additional takes were cancelled.
Before production of the film began, Devon Aoki did not have a driver's license, nor any driving experience.
In a 2015 article with Variety, Vin Diesel revealed that he turned down a 25 million dollar offer from Universal Studios to return for this film. Diesel reasoned, that the premise of the film did not work, stating: "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."
The license plate of Rome's Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder reads "H8ter".
The heliport scenes were shot on the roof of the Miami Herald.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, driven by Paul Walker is not available in the U.S., the cars used, were actually current U.S. models, modified to look like the Evo VII. All mods were done by EP Industries in El Segundo, California.
Early drafts of the script featured a scene where Brian played a game of pick up basketball with Roman's cousins Flip and Samuel. Flip was to be played by rapper Fabolous and Samuel was was to be played by Alonzo Mourning.
Most of the cars license plates say "Year One" on them.
The yellow Dodge Vipers loaned to the production team were originally colored red. They were repainted red before they were returned.
Slap Jack's Toyota Supra was modified from the remaining copies of the orange Supra driven by Brian O'Conner in the first film. To make the car stand out from the rest, the production team designed a lexan panel on the center of the hood that made the engine visible while letting hot air out at the same time. To save the production staff thousands of dollars, the engine of the "hero" car (unit used mainly for photography, not for stunts) was photographed and sent to a local printing press in Miami, Florida, where the image was blown up to actual size. The engine pictures were placed directly below the lexan panels of the stunt cars.
The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X2 and 2 Fast 2 Furious were both released in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift were both released in 2006, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fast and Furious were both released in 2009, X-Men: First Class and Fast Five were both released in 2011 and The Wolverine and Fast and Furious 6 were released in 2013. Furious 7 was set to be released in 2014, the same year as X-Men: Days of Future Past, however it then was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
Suki says the line "Move bitch" in the opening race. Ludacris has a famous single titled "Move bitch".
John Singleton originally wanted rapper Ja Rule to reprise his Edwin character from the original The Fast and the Furious (2001). Ja turned it down feeling, as Singleton put it, "He was too big" for the role. This led Singleton to create the Tej Parker character with Ludacris ultimately cast.
During filming, the transmissions for several of the cars had to be constantly rebuilt. These were sent out to a local shop in Miami named Alonso Transmission to be rebuilt and delivered back to the production crew who would then install them back into the vehicles themselves. Due to the production schedule, these had to be rebuilt on a very tight schedule, and the shop would sometimes have to work weekends and overnight to get them rebuilt in time. The large garage seen toward the end of the film was the actual working location the production company used to swap out transmissions once they received them back. Security was so tight at this facility that before being allowed in to deliver the transmissions, the shop representative was checked to make sure there were no recording devices and even had to surrender his cell phone. As of January 2016, Alonso Transmission still has a letter sent to them by the production company after filming had wrapped on display in their waiting area. The letterhead lists the movie title as "The Fast and the Furious 2."
Ja Rule was in negotiations for the film, but turned it down to pursue other film projects. His reason for turning down the role was he wanted the role of Roman Pearce and not a secondary role.
The opening street race zooms past the American Airlines Arena, home of the NBA's Miami Heat, located on Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida.
Suki's car was a Honda S2000 with a custom pink paint scheme.
Roman's line "Why do I chase the cat?" during the audition chase scene is from George Clinton's song "Atomic Dog".
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The Liz-Stick Red Saleen that was parked in front of Verone's was bought by a collector and is now parked in Farmington, New Mexico.
Jeff Celentano was once considered to direct the film. His rejected take on the film would set have set the story in Japan. Ironically, the next film in the franchise would be set in Japan. Coincidentally, Jeff was previously considered to direct another Paul Walker film, Meet the Deedles (1998).
Rosa Blasi was considered for the role of Monica Fuentes.
Released a decade before Paul Walker's tragic death on November 30th 2013, which Paul Walker was killed in a car accident.
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The scene where Rome and Brian talk with the sunset behind them plus, a later scene when Rome slides his car to a stop in front of Jimmy, were filmed on Pigeon Key which lies between the old and the new seven mile bridges off Marathon, Florida. The old seven mile bridge and seven mile bridge park, is also where the limo and the Harrier scenes for True Lies (1994) were filmed.
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2 years earlier, Eva Mendes starred as the wife of a corrupt veteran LAPD cop turned DEA agent in Training Day (2001). In this film Eva Mendes stars as a undercover U.S. Customs Service Agent.
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In typical Fast and Furious fashion, during the first race, Brian forward shifts his Nissan Skyline 8-9 times. The Nissan Skyline only has 6 forward gears. The same thing happens with the Evo 7 and Eclipse Spider since they are both 5 speeds.
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All the cars in the first race (RX7, Supra, and S2000) come out of the garage in order of crossing the finish line. Orange Juilius's RX7, Slap Jack's Supra, Suki's S2000.
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The film has an almost similar plot to that of Nemesis (1992): In that film, Alex Rain (Olivier Gruner) a former undercover Los Angeles policeman turned data smuggler is kidnapped and forced to work with the LAPD again and do one last assignment and is sent undercover to infiltrate a rebel group which in return he'll retire for good with lots of money. In this film, Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) a former undercover Los Angeles cop turned street racer is arrested and forced to work again with Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) and go undercover to bring down drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) which in return his criminal record will be erased.
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Eva Mendes's future The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) co-star and partner Ryan Gosling would star in the crime film Drive (2011) as a garage mechanic and Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver.
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Neal H. Moritz: the producer appears as one of the swerving cops.
Michael Thomas Dunn: the indie filmmaker makes an appearance as a street racer in the warehouse scene (driving a modified PT Cruiser).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is the first Fast and the Furious movie to have no major character deaths.
The first draft of the script actually had the character of Markham, being in cahoots with Carter Verone the entire time.
Lowest rated Fast and Furious movie to date.
During the audition race, the driver of the red Ford Mustang gets run over by a semi truck, but can be seen moments later driving the topless yellow Dodge Viper.
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Monica Fuentes was written as a new love interest for Brian O'Connor. However, Brian and Monica don't have sex throughout the film and they briefly kiss in one scene and they don't get together at the end of the movie. Obviously Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) broke up with Brian after learning the truth that he was an undercover cop sent to infiltrate Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his racing crew whom were behind the electronics truck robberies. However, Jordana Brewster would return as Mia in Fast & Furious (2009) and they reconcile and get back together. Eva Mendes returned as Monica in an after credit scene in Fast Five (2011) but is uncredited.
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