- 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.
- B-Team Sequel: Neither Vin Diesel nor director Rob Cohen returned for this film, as they worked on xXx at 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.
- One-Take Wonder: The stunt wherein 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC crashes onto Carter Verone's boat was performed in one take. Beforehand, John Singleton predicted the sequence would take multiple shots to complete.
- 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.
- The scene wherein the red car was crushed under the wheels of a truck was an accident that occurred during filming.
- 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.
- John Singleton originally wanted Ja Rule to reprise his Edwin character from the original. Ja turned it down feeling, as Singleton put it, "He was too big" for the role. This led Singleton to create the Tej Parker character.
- Early drafts of the script featured a scene where Brian played a game of pick up basketball with Roman's cousins Flip and Samuel. Flip was to be played by rapper Fabolous and Samuel was was to be played by Alonzo Mourning.
- Jeff Celentano was once considered to direct the film. His rejected take on the film would set have set the story in Japan. Ironically, the next film in the franchise would be set in Japan.
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