- Awesome, Dear Boy: John Singleton had seen the first film and was awed by it, saying:When I saw The Fast and the Furious, I was like, 'Damn, why didn't I think of that?' Growing up in South Central L.A., we had street races all the time.
- Inspiration for the Work: John Singleton credited Top Gun as a major influence for the film, particularly with regard to the action sequences.
- Irony as She Is Cast: Before production of the film began, Devon Aoki did not have a driver's license, nor any driving experience.
- No Stunt Double: When Brian wins the first race, he powerslides toward the crowd. Paul Walker actually performed this stunt himself, among many other in this film and the prequel, as he was a big fan of street racing and a good driver.
- Prop Recycling: The cars Brian races against at the beginning are the same models that won the major races in the first film and they reach the bridge in reverse order of their appearance in the first movie. The stunt crew actually reused some of the stunt cars from the original (they were, of course, modified to resemble the cars in the sequel).
- Throw It In!: To keep the feel of the movie interesting, John Singleton often encouraged the actors to improvise during filming. Many of the humorous moments on screen are ad-libbed.
- What Could Have Been:
- Universal had two different scripts commissioned. The first script featured Toretto, while the second script did not, in case he decided not to return.
- The first draft of the script actually had the character of Markham, being in cahoots with Carter Verone the entire time.
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