It turns out there’s a lot more practical stonework in The Fate of the Furious than you might suspect. Serving as the eighth official entry in the long-running Fast & Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious has become a massive box office success worldwide, after less than two weeks in theaters. At the time of this writing, the movie has already earned over $900 million in ticket sales at the box office, and there are now two more Fast & Furious films on the way – in addition to a potential spinoff starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.
Despite starting out as a humble street-racing crime flick released back in 2001, the Fast & Furious franchise has quickly grown in ambition and stature as one of modern popular culture’s most enduring franchises, with the legs to run toe-to-toe with the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Always a property eager to outdo the last entry in the series in terms of crazy stunts and outlandish action sequences, it would appear that most of the set pieces featured in The Fate of the Furious were accomplished in real life, at that.
According to Thrillist, a lot of the craziest stunts filmed for The Fate of the Furious were predominantly achieved in real life – most notably, including the Havana racing scene that opens the film (which was 99% real), as well as the Germany wrecking ball scene (which was 70% real). As corroborated by stunt coordinators Jack Gill, Andy Gill, and Spiro Razatos, the rest of the film’s insane action sequences – including the New York City “zombie car” sequence and the Arctic chase finale – incorporated a healthy blend of both live-action stunt work and digital enhancement.
Granted, a lot of the movie would not be capable without a team of trained specialists like Jack and Andy Gill and Razatos, who additionally had the help of the magic of Hollywood to push their fantastic action set pieces to cinematic completion. Nevertheless, the extent to which a lot of the film’s action-packed nature was real is exciting to learn about for diehard fans of the franchise.
The Fate of the Furious has already proven itself to be a more than worth entry in the blockbuster franchise form a monetary perspective, and fans of the series haven’t shown any sign of stopping in their admiration for the property yet. On that note, it will be exciting to see what real-life stunts the cast and crew will get up to next when the next entry inevitably arrives.