Furious 7 is a 2015 American action movie directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan. It’s the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and fascinating facts about Furious 7.
1. Furious 7 follows Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and the rest of their team, who have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesty from their past crimes in Fast & Furious 6; until Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother, puts the team in danger once again.
2. Furious 7 is the first installment in the franchise to take place after Tokyo Drift.
3. The movie marks the final movie appearance of Paul Walker, who died in a single vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, with filming only half-completed.
4. Following Paul Walker’s death, filming of Furious 7 was delayed for script rewrites, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were used as stand-ins to complete the remaining scenes.
5. The movie grossed $397.6 million worldwide during its opening weekend, which is the sixth highest grossing opening of all time.
6. The movie grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie of the franchise after just 12 days, the third highest grossing movie of 2015, and the sixth highest grossing movie of all time.
7. Over 230 cars were destroyed during the filming of Furious 7.
8. The guard rail that the heroes stand near overlooking Los Angeles is the same road that Brian initially tests his Eclipse from the first Fast and the Furious movie.
9. Denzel Washington turned down a role in the movie. Universal Studios were in search for a big star to play a minor role in the movie and then play a larger role in the next movie. Taylor Lautner and Halle Berry were also considered for the same role before Kurt Russell was cast.
10. The red car seen in the Etihad Tower sequence is a W Motors Lykan Hypersport. W Motors is a Lebanese company that planned to make only seven Hypersports.
11. The majority of Dwayne Johnson’s stunts were actually performed by Tanoai Reed, his body double and cousin.
12. Furious 7 is the second highest grossing motion picture released by Universal Pictures in the history of the studio.
13. In the entire Fast and the Furious franchise, Roman never calls Dom by his first name. The only time he does call him by his name is in the sequel, The Fate of The Furious.
14. Dwayne Johnson went through seven months of strict dieting and a heavily strength-emphasized workout plan for the role of Lucas Hobbs.
15. The song at the end, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, is dedicated to Paul Walker. It received one billion views on YouTube in 2015, and in July 2017, went on to become the most viewed video on YouTube at almost 2.9 billion views.
16. Furious 7 is the third time Paul Walker drove the same blue Nissan GTR since Fast Five.
17. Furious 7 is Tony Jaa’s first English speaking role in a movie.
18. Before Furious 7 was released, Vin Diesel announced that there will be three more movies after it.
19. Brian’s son is seen playing with a toy car. This is based on the Nissan GTR, the same car that Brian is known for driving throughout the franchise.
20. John Cenatiempo, who played Korpi in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the driver of the blue Yenko ’69 Camaro who lost to Brian, can be seen briefly as the driver of one of the black Mercedes Benz AMG Kompressor S55 cars in the mountain chase scene.
21. The cars that the crew drive into Abu Dhabi are: a Dodge Charger R/T, a Mclaren MP4-12C, a Dodge Viper SRT10, a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.
22. After the scene where Han’s car is shown being destroyed, his picture and records are shown on a screen with his name, “Han Seoul-Oh.” This is a nod towards Star Wars, with the character Han Solo.
23. Dwayne Johnson uses his finishing movie, “Rock Bottom,” on Jason Statham in the fight after he hacks into his computer at the DSS building.
24. John Brotherton, who plays Sheppard, was also a body double for Paul Walker after Walker’s death.
25. Throughout the franchise, Dom is typically seen driving some form of a Dodge, usually a Charger or Challenger, except for a few miscellaneous scenes where different cars are needed for particular stunt sequences.
26. The female bodyguards used by the Prince in Abu Dhabi are reminiscent to the Amazonian Guard. The Amazonian Guard was an unofficial name given by Western journalists to an all-female elite cadre of bodyguards officially known as “The Revolutionary Nuns,” and sometimes also unofficially called the “Green Nuns,” tasked with protecting the late former leader of Libya, Muammar Gadaffi.
27. Ali Fazal, a Bollywood actor, had a cameo role in Furious 7.
28. When Brian is in Mando’s garage, a gray Porsche can be seen. It’s the same car that is used in Paul Walker’s movie, Takers.
29. The song heard during the Race Wars scene is “Delirious” by Steve Aoki. His sister, Devon Aoki, played Suki in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
30. In the chase between Dom and Shaw at the edge of the cliff in the mountains, Roman Pearce appears with his car from behind to help Dom to get rid of Shaw. At the end of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Roman also appears with his car from behind, to crash the cars of the villain’s henchmen, and help Brian defeat one of them.