An individual who reviewed the movie “Fast Five” said “Never has a movie ever since ‘The Blues Brothers’ has there been so many vehicles being wrecked”. The movie costed $175 million to make.
And so this is most likely true, about the Blues Brothers. But the film directors had said that they ruined over 200 vehicles for the film. This could even surpass the legendary ride of Jake and Elwood Blues: The majority of the vehicles in Fast Five were wrecked over and over again, then rebuilt overnight in between the takes of filming so that the cars could be smashed again the next day.
And boy, did they ever ruin those vehicles. There was very little computer-generated video in the movie which suprises me even. They did actually damage some parked cars accidentally, and smashed trees, they flattened bus kiosks, snapped off light stands on the street, and gutted the lobby of a bank (of course that was setup they say, and I’m unsure if the rest of the stuff they smashed was setup to be smashed).
The majority of the damage happened during the finale chase sequence, while the heroes dragged a vault out of a bank, towed it, chaining it to two modded Dodge Chargers. The vault was let free then to demolish things purely for cinematics.
Being filmed in downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico (of course not in Rio de Janeiro itself), on the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge that leads into San Juan, taking footage during the chase closed down those areas for around two weeks from public usage.
“The cars were equipped to drag the bank safe were all 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8′s with 6.1L HEMI’s pushing out 425 horses at around 6,000 RPM and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm”, as said by Dianna Gutierrez in an email. In the photo above you see what it looks like when the cars hit vaults.
“The 20″ 9.0″ SRT Design Wheels (Forged Polished) were actually replaced with much larger 26″ x 10.5 Street Radial Drag tires, which required to be installed with special spindles to take advantage of those larger black wheels.
“All of the cars were painted with a flat black, equipping them with a much more furious look”.
“The steel tubes built around the structure was built to attach a frame, giving it a heavy-duty winch to be mounted on the back end of the vehicle in the middle, directly below the trunk line.
“The insides of these black cars were stripped and replaced with racing seats that are 5-point bolt-in seats for the front. “The gas tanks were ripped out and replaced with fuel cells, which were placed securely in the trunk. (Though, only these held 2-3 gallons of gas so they had to be refuelled a few times for those long shoot days).
Jack Gill (second unit stunt coordinator) if the vault was a real bank vault. And indeed they did, though only for the part of shooting and for some other scenes, much different look-alike vaults. Two of these were motorized, which had a driver inside, so the vault could be steered in the direction of the destruction while filming. “We equipped a number of different vaults, “Mr. Gill explained in an email. “Each of them were equipped for a different kind of shot”:
1. Hero Vault
2. Drivable with 4 wheels of steering vault – Henry Kingi driver
3.Steerable and drivable supremely heavy Sem vault – Mike Ryan driver
4. Supremely heavy crasher Vault – 5-6 tons-ish.
5. Dragging vault, which was called lightweight but it was still 4 tons
6. Tipping vault, which had hydraulic rams inside and was used to slide and tip up and catch the edge then to tumble
7. Bank vault – built specifically for the bank scene for rolling on a specific path
The one with the latter that memorably tumbles inside a glass lobby, mixing up a stunt ensemble, dressed as customers. “There were some cases that were constructed two of each of the vaults that are listed above, so there was a lot of vaults” as said by Mr. Gill.
The question is, was anyone injured during the filming of Fast Five?.
“No one really had any serious injuries other than some sore stunt people and the odd bumps and bruises – and one stuntman’s shoulder dislocated during a police motorcycle that wrecked a car windshield”, he responded. “Though it was popped right back in and was back to work directly the next day after”.
In a life of a stuntman, Mr Gill being the specific example himself, given scars and some broken bones to show his years of work in classics like “Dukes of Hazard” the TV show, and most of all the recent movie “Date Night”, you can see one of his past columns for more on his own life career. Though for Fast Five, some sets really set new standards for stunt work with vehicles.
“It turned out to be over 200 vehicles that were wrecked that you saw in the film and each and every one of them was shot three times,” Mr. Gill said. “So we could shoot from multiple different angles with coverage of all these crashes.”
I honestly thought the movie was mostly computer animated, to look real, like most movies. But in these movies they sometimes need more than just computer graphics, but actual footage in real life. So this movie really set standards like already mentioned, and for a movie franchise that normally people would of thought would fade out of the box office scene, still remains a strong one, with each and every movie becoming bigger and better, with bigger names in acting and bigger stunts setting new standards every time, every movie, in any possible way you can think of. I remain a stronger and bigger fan of Fast & Furious movies now. And normally only likeing imports only, I have seen the true power of Dodge Chargers before my own eyes. Look at what they can pull, but I am happy with my Honda, I would drive a Dodge if I won one though.