One of the most memorable scenes from the original three Fast and Furious films has to be the warehouse scramble from the second film of the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
With Paul Walker’s character Brian and his friend Roman Pearce played by Tyrese Gibson trying to escape the police’s clutches, they engineer a ruse that allows them to swap cars and evade the watching eye of the force. But how was this incredible scene put together? Over 200 cars were involved and it had to be precisely planned to allow such a stunt to actually work.
Casting for the cars took place in 2002. It was held in the car park of Homestead Speedway of South Florida, and, with everyone welcome, 500 cars showed up. 192 cars were taken from this lineup, including muscle cars, JDM cars, and even a Mazda RX-7 limo! It was here that the director, Josh Singleton, met Victoria Vo, who ended up being cast as one of Suki’s girls.
A lot of these cars chosen for the warehouse scene also made their way into the background of the first race scene, where Brian races his Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R, but the scramble was a lot more hands-on, with each owner driving their own vehicle instead of a stuntman. As you can see from the video published by Craig Lieberman, the Miami-based warehouse looks very different today, but back then it was the perfect place for such a scene.
Over two-dozen old police cars were purchased by the film’s team, and as they were going through the car’s interior to get them ready, they found all sorts of things like drugs, weapons, and even underwear.
The stunt begins with a selection of Dodge Ram trucks smashing into the wall of police cars. These were donated by Dodge, and had a number of ropes and pulleys attached to make them able to drive up and over the cop cars. Then, once the doors were rolled up and the cars escaped into the lot, each line of cars had a stunt driver at the front choosing which direction their line of cars would take. A number of these stunt-driven cars were reused from the first film, like Brian’s Eclipse.
The scene looked insane, and while one stunt driver almost completely wrecked an RX-7 by driving it off the side of the lot where it slammed down onto hard concrete, it went off without a hitch.
So there you have it… the secrets behind this intense scene. What’s your favourite scene from The Fast and Furious films? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll discuss its secrets in a future article.