The production of the penultimate film in the saga, “Fast & Furious 10”, is not really to the taste of some residents of the Angelino Heights district of Los Angeles, where a day of filming is preparing. A demonstration is planned to oppose it.
Fast & Furious 10a problematic saga
This is what is called, in a way, the ransom of glory. The first movie Fast & Furiousreleased in 2001 and centered on tuning and street racing, indeed gave birth to one of the greatest action franchises in cinema history. In twenty years, ten films – including the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw – have been produced, with increasing excess.
Worn by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – until the accidental death of the latter in November 2013 – the saga presents characters who form a real “family”. These gradually abandoned the middle of the street racing to, since the fifth opus, become robbers and action heroes high flyingbusy all around the world.
But, very popular in cinemas, the saga is currently much less so on its filming locationas reported Variety. Indeed, the shots scheduled for this Friday, August 26 in Los Angeles, in the Angelino Heights district, the home district of Dominic Toretto and his friends and where a good part of the first film took place, trigger the anger of the residents. But rather than this single day of shooting Fast & Furious 10also called Fast Xit is above all the phenomenon of street racing which is denounced.
A very risky practice that the inhabitants no longer want
Angelino Heights is where Bob’s Market is, and the Toretto family home. Two places that have become emblematic and places of pilgrimage for fans of the saga as well as for street racers. In other words, places where illegal races of modified and overpowered cars take place regularly, with their skids, howling engines, and inevitably accidents.
For the filming of Fast & Furious 10, it is thus planned aerial photography, smoke, fictitious interventions of the emergency services, and a wetting of the roadway. Noise and nuisance to be expected, but not enough to step up to the plate in THE city of cinema. In reality, the anger of local residents mainly concerns the street racingthat the saga Fast & Furious did not invent but which it greatly popularized and, even if it was not its intention, promoted. An email sent by a resident to the city council and obtained by Variety indicates as follows:
If this shoot is allowed to take place in Angelino Heights, or any other related to the production of Fast X, we will demonstrate and invite many journalists and reporters to cover our protest, all day and all night. We will demonstrate to pay tribute to the 178 people who have been killed by street racers in Los Angeles, and to expose Universal’s callous disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing that their films initiated and continue to promote.
Universal as a scapegoat
Regarding the inconvenience caused by filming, several residents report that Universal has offered welcome compensation, and others insist that such shoots have a positive economic impact in the neighborhood. For the rest, the street racing and in general traffic crime have exploded in the United States since the COVID pandemic. The authorities have indeed noted a road mortality increase of 22% for the first three months of 2022, compared to the figures for 2020.
A global phenomenon therefore, and for which Universal cannot be held solely or even primarily responsible…