- Title: USA: AMERICAN FILM PREMIERE OF ACTION ADVERNTURE MOVIE "THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS"
- Date: 8th June 2001
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 8) (REUTERS) SMV (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROB COHEN SAYING I wanted to put the audience in the driver's seat. I really, I wanted to have the feeling that every theater seat ought to have a seat belt, you know, and to give you that first person visceral experience and everything that I tried to do and the entire filmmaking team tried to do was to give you speed, give you street racing, give you the adrenaline rush of the hijackings, of the action sequences, of the chases, so that every minute, the film was very personal to you as a viewer.
- Embargoed: 23rd June 2001 13:00
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA USA
- Country: USA
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- Story Text: Universal Pictures has lifted the speed limit on the already fast-paced summer movie season with the World Premiere of their new action-adventure film "The Fast and the Furious"
in Los Angeles.
Due to its unusually high pre-release tracking responses, Universal Pictures is predicting its latest action-adventure "The Fast and the Furious" will be the surprise sleeper hit of this summer.
Without any A-list names in the cast, studios executives are hoping the lure of high-speed, high-adrenaline action and a sexy, young cast will be enough to get movie-goers to turn out in droves.
The film, directed by Rob Cohen, is set against the backdrop of high-stakes illegal import street racing, a sub-culture that fascinated Cohen when he was researching the script in Los Angeles.
His cast includes "The Skulls" star Paul Walker as a racer and undercover cop, "Saving Private Ryan" co-star Vin Diesel as the leader of a pack of fearless octane-junkies and gear-heads, tough-talking "Girlfight" ingenue Michelle Rodriquez as his girlfriend and fellow speed demon, and former Calvin Klein model turned actor Rick Yune as the leader of a rival pack of racers.
Besides exploring the world of street racing, the film also features a criminal sub-plot about a series of sensational big-rig hijackings.
In preparation for the film, the actors attended high-speed driving and stunt driving schools in Las Vegas and practiced in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The experience turned many of them into novice racing enthusiasts themselves.
"The Fast and the Furious" opens in theaters throughout the United States on Friday, June 22.
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