1. Michelle Rodriguez really didn’t like the cast at first and thought Paul Walker was a “Ken Barbie doll.”
In the aforementioned MTV News interview, Michelle Rodriguez revealed that she was far from a fan of her co-stars when she first met them. As she explained, “I was like, ‘Who’s the Kenny Barbie doll,’ when I looked at Paul … I thought Jordana was prissy ninny. I thought Vin was a dick … And I was wrong about each and every one of them.” The interview notes that they truly seemed like a sort of family. It’s a sentiment that Rodriguez reiterated after Walker’s death.
2. FAST & FURIOUS 7 is the first original sequel to take place in franchise after THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT in 2006. All the other movies were stand alone stories.
3. Before Fast & Furious 6 was released, Furious 7 was announced.
The accelerated schedule forced director Justin Lin, who had been with the franchise since “Tokyo Drift,” out because he was worried that it would affect post-production for the sixth installment. Instead, Universal Studios recruited James Wan, a major director in the horror film industry who had been looking to break away from the barricades of his genre
4. There’s very little CGI in the scene showing parachute-equipped cars jumping from a plane. Real cars were thrown from the back of a C-130 cargo plane, followed by real cameramen wearing wing-suits.
5. Director James Wan – a horror veteran partly responsible for the Saw, Insidious and Conjuring films – has said he still cries every time he sees the ending, in which the late Paul Walker’s character says goodbye to the franchise.
6. Fast & Furious 7 Originally Had A Different Ending Before Paul Walker Died
Speaking with Collider, Wan said that the ending had originally served a much different purpose.
The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast and Furious franchise could go into. And that’s obviously very smart of them to think so. But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant. So it did not matter anymore, all of that stuff. And to the studio’s credit, they did not push for that. They realized how important it was to make a movie that finishes and that just outright is a tribute to Paul Walker. So I give them a lot of credit for being bigger than that and going along with this ending that is the right ending to go with.
7.THEY SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON THE SET PIECES in FAST AND FURIOUS -5
With Fast Five, director Justin Lin wanted to transition the series into more action-oriented territory, and wanted to outdo anything already seen in the previous movies by planning out set pieces that cost some serious cash. The train-heist sequence alone cost $25 million to create, and involved the production buying out a 600-yard stretch of train tracks in Arizona (standing in for Brazil) as well as an entire train in order to be able to destroy it.
The studio initially told Lin the sequence would cost too much and told him to scrap the idea, but he showed them an entirely pre-visualized sequence using storyboards and computer re-creations for them to put up the money to shoot the sequence.