Official “Fast Five” Movie Trailer (Universal Pictures)
“Where was ‘Fast Five’ filmed?”
The fifth installment in the now decade-old The Fast and The Furious movie franchise, Fast Five, is set in Rio de Janiero. The key word here is “set”. Most of the movie was, in fact, not shot in Rio, but instead in Puerto Rico! With a dash of California’s Mojave Desert thrown in.
Shocked? Well, remember the Tokyo Drift edition of this series (which gets my vote for the series’ worst installment) was really more of a computer-generated video game, than a live-action feature filmed in actual locations in Japan. So, anything goes in the world of movie magic!
“When was ‘Fast Five’ filmed?”
Cast and crew members spent much of spring and summer 2010 in Puerto Rico, working on the wild, chase scenes – including not only the car-to-car action sequences but the rooftop-to-rooftop stuntman stuff too. (The 2010 action flop, “The Losers,” also featured Puerto Rico masquerading as South America, as well as other faked locations worldwide. In fact, The Losers and Fast Five filmed on some of the same streets in San Juan.)
The sequences on the train, and in the desert, trying to steal the 1966 Ford GT40, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport and a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera (not sure why anyone would want to steal one of those!)? Shot in California’s Mojave Desert, adjacent to Highway 62 and on – and along – the railroad tracks that run through there between Parker, Arizona and Vidal Junction and Rice, Calif. The Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid-style jump into the water? The Colorado River!
“How was ‘Fast Five’ filmed?”
Check out my interview with second unit stunt coordinator (extraordinaire) Jack Gill (Dukes of Hazzard, etc.) about how those amazing stunts were filmed – and how more than 200 cars were destroyed in the making of the film. Some were demolished more than once!
Of the many different hot cars featured in this version of the series, it seems the star of the show remains the scene-stealing ’70 Charger (now joined by 2010 descendants). BTW, the Fast Five Charger is a different one than the vehicle that appeared in the other FF films.
The original ’70 Charger R/T movie car – or what was alleged to be the original – was recently auctioned off.
Also, did you know the movie Charger is powered by a Chevy engine? No Hemi? Is nothing sacred?
Hey, speaking of sacred cows…wasn’t that an uncredited Eva Mendes in the film’s final sequence? (You did stay through the closing credits, didn’t you?) Guess you’ll just have to wait until Fast & Furious 6 comes out in two years to find out the answer to that one.
(The official Fast Five website is here, and includes news, games, contests and more.)
April 23, 2011
(P.S. See what Dodge is doing with its association with the film, in this off-beat :60-second ad spot:)