Fast X stars reveal how they filmed 360-degree car spins
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The stars of the new Fast and Furious movie have revealed how they filmed the flick's elaborate 360-degree car spins - with actor Alan Ritchson admitting he felt like a 'complete idiot' while shooting them.
"Over many missions and against impossible odds, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family have outsmarted, out-nerved and outdriven every foe in their path," a synopsis says.
"Now, they confront the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying threat emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fueled by blood revenge, and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything - and everyone - that Dom loves, forever."
It continues: "In 2011’s Fast Five, Dom and his crew took out nefarious Brazilian drug kingpin Hernan Reyes and decapitated his empire on a bridge in Rio De Janeiro.
"What they didn’t know was that Reyes’ son, Dante (Aquaman’s Jason Momoa), witnessed it all and has spent the last 12 years masterminding a plan to make Dom pay the ultimate price."
At one point, we see Agent Aimes, played by Reacher star Alan Ritchson, confronting Dom and mocking him about how easy it was to catch him.
This sequence involves a complex car spin, that Ritchson said felt like the 'most ridiculous thing in the world' to shoot.
However, thankfully it paid off in the final movie, with the actor saying that the end result looked 'real traumatic'.
Speaking to LADbible, Ritchson recalled: "We were on a chassis that spun, and we didn’t go 360 [degrees], we kind of went forward and back and we sort of simulated this whole roll.
“And we had to sell it, so the whole thing was we had to act like we were getting tossed 360 degrees, like, ‘Head back! Head forward!’
“And it felt like the most ridiculous thing in the world but it really worked in the film, it looks real traumatic. I felt like a complete idiot doing it!”
Fellow newcomer Daniela Melchior, who plays Brazilian street racer Isabel Neves, said she had to film a similar stunt, but that it was approached in a slightly different way.
She explained: "My last day of shooting I was doing that scene where my car flips during the race, and we really had my full car but with no wheels and with no glass, so I really did the 360-degree turns."
At this point, Ritchson jumped in: "Oh, see, they built you a thing that spins 360 degrees?! We got the little cheap one!"
Laughing, Melchior continued: “And then we left the car upside down just for a couple of minutes, and they would just shake the car and I had to pretend that I was doing the […] slide."
She said she had the 'same feeling' as Ritchson, having been left wondering if it would translate well on screen.
"And it works!" she said.
Speaking about another fight scene she enjoyed creating, Melchior added: “The grab by the hair by Jason was really cool to shoot, because I was really grabbed by the hair and my feet were really [dragged] on the floor!”
The new film also sees a number of well-known faces return, too, including Tyrese Gibson - known for his long-standing turn as Roman Pearce.
While Pearce - a childhood friend of Paul Walker's Brian O'Conner - has become something of a fan favourite over the years, Gibson is dubious about the prospect of a spin-off for the character.
When asked if he reckoned there could ever be a separate film for Pearce within the franchise, he replied: “No, I hope not. "They would realise that I suck alone! I somehow work really well with the rest of the whole cast. With my little kibbles and bits added, it just kind of helps us to move forward.
"Listen, I’ve been approached, the Roman and Tej spinoff idea’s been around for moons, because we do the humour and have fun.
"But I think that the funny we ultimately do works because we’ve got so many dudes in the movie that are serious and intense, and it becomes that contrast.
"So if you just put as a standalone, it’s like looking at a comedian with an hour special that shouldn’t be on stage for an hour!"
Fast X is out in cinemas now.