A Los Angeles neighborhood that had served as the setting for the Fast and Furious films was the scene of protests on Friday against the filming of the next installment in the auto saga, arguing that its streets have been plagued by an epidemic ever since illegal street races would have suffered . . .
Local residents expressed their anger ahead of filming scheduled for this weekend in Angelino Heights, a historic neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. The location is the fictional home of Dominic Toretto, a character played by actor Vin Diesel in the saga.
It involves illegal racing, “street takeovers,” where crowds usually gather at night to watch car enthusiasts rev their engines at high speed through city streets.
For Damian Kevitt, a local resident and SAFE founder who opposes the practice, “Fast and Dangerous” has “glamorized illegal activity” and made Angelino Heights a “tourist destination for illegal street racing.”
“On Friday, Saturday, Sunday evening three, four, five, six cars come here to do ‘burnouts’ and ‘donuts’, maneuvers where the drivers make their tires squeal,” assures Damian Kevitt.
“There weren’t any street races in the neighborhood before Fast and Dangerous was filmed there,” he adds.
Another resident, Bella, who declined to give her last name, says her children are traumatized by the noise of cars outside her home waking them up in the middle of the night.
They’re now too scared to play outside, she says, because “they’ve seen cars spin out of control and narrowly avoid hitting pedestrians around corners.”
For Bella, Universal Studios should relocate the filming location, while SAFE is urging the city to install speed bumps and establish zero tolerance for street racing.
The federation also asked Universal to add a mention in “Fast and Dangerous” to encourage people not to enter such races.
Universal did not immediately respond to inquiries from AFP.
The first Fast and Furious film was released in 2001 and the franchise has since become the eighth highest-grossing film series in box office history, grossing $6.6 billion across 10 films.
Fast and Dangerous 10, the 11th installment in the saga, will be released next May.