Taking Life One Day at a Time

(Fast & Furious Fans) Fast Five

on May 3, 2011

Before anything else, the answer to yesterday’s Fact or Fiction question is: FACT! Habitat for Humanities was founded by Millard Fuller in 1976 and in 1996, because of such a cause, our former president Bill Clinton awarded Fuller with “Presidential Medal of Freedom.” He was awarded the highest civilian honor and has been said to have “…the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States.” Unfortunately, Fuller died in 2009 at the age of 74, but leaving behind an extraordinary legacy. http://www.habitat.org/how/millard.aspx?tgs=NS8zLzIwMTEgMTI6MTI6NDUgUE0%3d

So it seems that “Fast Five” has made a record this past weekend! This article was posted on the front page of Yahoo today: http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/fast-five-races-furious-start-with-836m-ap

LOS ANGELES – “Fast Five” has left the competition in the dust with an $83.6 million debut to grab the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal Pictures’ fifth movie in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise was by far this year’s biggest opening. Its take was more than double the previous best of $39.2 million for “Rio,” the 20th Century Fox animated hit that slipped to No. 2 with $14.4 million. The No. 1 movie the two previous weekends, “Rio” raised its total to $103.6 million. “Fast Five” set a record for best April debut ever, speeding past the $71 million haul of its predecessor, “Fast & Furious,” two years ago. The movie reteams stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker  as outlaw driving aces and adds Dwayne Johnson as a federal agent on their tail. The action expands beyond the franchise’s traditional racing scene into a broad crime romp.

Any serious movie gurus out there? aside from the literal meaning or definition everyone goes by I have to explain that mine is a little different. When I say movie guru it’s more than just the literal sense of knowing about all the movie or at least a good amount of information about films. It’s how you’re in tune with “entertainment” and when that movie you’ve been wanting to watch premiers and you haven’t seen it, people are saying how “wicked” it is, and the clips on the internet are previews of what seems to be a great movie-you’ll try to make sure that you WATCH THE MOVIE! 🙂 Come on, I know there’s got to be a few of you out there, that I’m not the only one in this regard-otherwise how would “Twilight” have gotten as far as they have? 😉

So I did a little exploring and have come up with some interesting information. For those of you who have seen the film, bear with me in case you already know this information or have seen these clips…McCarthy who is the “Car Coordinator” for the film has enlightened us with the “Fast Five” vehicles: http://screenrant.com/fast-five-cars-mikee-98549/

Okay so at the beginning of this film the vehicles would be: We have a Pantera – a Classic 1971 Pantera. We have a GT40 – the original one. We have a Corvette Grand Sport – a 1965 Corvette Grand Sport. Those are the first three cars that you see in the opening sequence. We have a vehicle built – basically we call it the “Heist Truck”. It was kind of a one-off, custom-built vehicle. Big tires. Almost a kind of monster truck style but built for a specific purpose. No flash, no cosmetics, just pure function. That was probably the most challenging sequence of the film, just because we were out in the middle of the desert at 120 degrees, in the sand and the dirt. Just keeping things running in those conditions is always tough.

We have the Charger back. We have the ’70 Charger back. Basically when you first see the guys down in South America, Vin [Diesel]’s in his Charger, as you’ve seen it out here. It’s not quiet the same. It’s not as flashy. It doesn’t have the motor. He’s trying to make it a little bit more inconspicuous so he could make it all the way down. That’s when you see Paul Walker in the ’72 Skyline. Another car you see down there is the character Han has a Ford Maverick, which seems like another odd choice but if you look at the cars of South Polo, and Rio, the car culture there, Maverick is one of the top muscle cars. It’s just one of the cars that Ford’s produced down there. So you have Maverick, which is another hot car. Unfortunately we tried to get one here. We have a car called the Chevy Impala. That’s like your Chevy muscle car and your Ford muscle car in South America…

We have a 370Z. We have a brand new Subaru, which Subaru basically donated to our cause. Those cars are once again modified by Rhys Millen. They’re all used here. There’s a sequence where they are zipping through the auto plant, kind of like an obstacle course. We have a Porsche GT3, which is basically something that we cloned. We did bring back a Toyota Supra. Some of those right hand drives are back in. Early Skyline, we have a 2010 Skyline in the film. We have a Lexus LFA, which I was very happy to get.

So we have (I’d suggest googling some of these vehicles because they are pretty SWEET!):

  • 1963 Ford Galaxy
  • 1966 Ford GT40
  • 1966 Corvette Grand Sport
  • 1967 International Scout
  • 1970 Charger
  • 1970 Ford Maverick
  • 1972 Nissan Skyline
  • 1972 Pantera Detomaso
  • 1996 Toyota Supra
  • 2002 Porsche GT3
  • 2006 GMC 2500 Yukon
  • 2009 Nissan 370Z
  • 2010 Dodge Challenger
  • 2010 Subaru STi
  • 2010 Lexus LFA
  • 2010 Modified Vault Chargers
  • 2011 Dodge Charger Police Interceptor
  • Gurkha LAPV
  • Ducati Street Racer
  • Train Heist Truck
  • Koenigsegg CCX

Yours truly,

Young Adult

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