‘Fast & Furious 10’ Filming Has Furious Neighbors With Dangerous Car Stunts

‘Fast & Furious 10’ Filming Has Furious Neighbors With Dangerous Car Stunts

“Fast and Furious” fans around the world are excited for the franchise to return with the 10th installment, “Fast X,” this coming April. Residents of the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, not so much.

Since it debuted in 2001, “Fast and Furious” fans have been heading straight to Angelino Heights to admire Bob’s Market, the store owned by the family from the movie Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the character’s quaint Victorian home.

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But unlike the nearby house where the WB series “Charmed” was filmed, Bob’s Market and Dominic’s house have become a destination for more than just taking selfies. Most nights, car enthusiasts go speeding donuts in front of the store, as well as jogging and street shopping throughout the area west of downtown.

Residents dealing with the constant noise and unsafe conditions are fed up and are planning a protest over the filming of “Fast X” on Friday. The protest comes as anger over the effects of street racing and takeovers is running high in the city. Meanwhile, traffic fatalities and pedestrian deaths have skyrocketed during the pandemic, often caused by reckless driving and speeding. It has become an epidemic in Los Angeles and across the country – US road traffic deaths are up 21% in the first three months of 2022 compared to 2020.

A FilmLA filming notice received by community members indicates that “Fast X” will be filmed on Friday from 9 am to 2 am in front of the Toretto house on Kensington Road, with “simulated emergency services activity, aerial photography, watering the street and atmospheric smoke.” According to a spokesperson for FilmLA, which is responsible for filming permits in Los Angeles, a filming permit has not been finalized, but bulletins have been provided to the community by the office.

“If this footage is allowed in Angelino Heights, or any part of it from F10 Productions (Universal)… we will have a big protest and invite many reporters and news cameras to film us protesting this footage all day and night,” an email obtained by Variety from a resident to the Los Angeles City Council reads. “We will be holding this protest to honor the 178 people who were killed by street racers in Los Angeles and to shame Universal for their callous disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing that their films started and continue to promote.” There are no further details about the protest.

Universal did not respond to requests for comment.

Talking to Varietyseveral Angelino Heights residents explained that their problem with “The Fast and the Furious” has less to do with the one-day shoot itself than the impact the movies have on the neighborhood year-round.

Hellen Kim and Robert Howard, a couple who live near Bob’s Market, say the open area in front of the store attracts street runners who practice donuts and rev up their engines, creating noise and smoke. Although the city erected a few bollards in the area, many of the drivers simply moved to a nearby street or continued around barriers. And when they do, because some of the cars don’t have mufflers, the noise tends to be extremely distracting, with tires squealing all night long.

Workers prepare the Toretto family's “Fast and Furious” home for filming.  - Credit: Variety

Workers prepare the Toretto family’s “Fast and Furious” home for filming. – Credit: Variety

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“Our mom stays with us, she’s 90 years old, she’s scared at night by that kind of sound,” says Howard. “There are kids in the neighborhood right around that corner. It shouldn’t be allowed.”

Kim says that while driving in the area, several of the drivers crashed or collided with cars. Additionally, she says she witnessed several of the drivers pulling away after the collision, leaving the owner to deal with the aftermath.

“Someone is going to get killed,” she says. “Sooner or later.”

One resident, who did not want his name to be made public, said Variety that he once had a gun pointed at him by a “Fast and Furious” fan after he asked him to stop driving his car in the middle of the day.

“In the middle of the day, I’m trying to work in my office, someone is making all sorts of noises with the car, and I come out screaming, ‘Would you do that in front of your grandma’s house? ?’ And some boy says, ‘What did you say to me?’ And he pulls out a gun and points it at me,” says the resident. “I’m on my porch and he’s across the street. So I wasn’t scared for my life. But whenever someone pulls out a gun, it’s a serious thing.”

On another occasion, the resident and his brother-in-law had a shouting match with other drivers in the neighborhood. A few days later, they woke up in the middle of the night to find that someone had set fire to the trash cans in their garage, nearly burning their house down in the process.

“The fact that these people can find the real place and then go on to torment the people who live there is irresponsible,” says the resident. “Of course they (Universal) didn’t know when they made the movie that it would be a cultural phenomenon.”

Not all residents necessarily want the filming of “Fast X” to stop. Longtime owner Planaria Price, who was instrumental in helping persuade the city to install barriers across from Bob’s Market, explains that Universal provided her and other residents with stipends and hassle fees, which helped her restore several houses in the area she owns.

According to Price, community residents who complained about the filming of “Fast X” have already received fees. While she agrees that the street racing the movies encourage is dangerous, she thinks the problem lies more with the government of Los Angeles and the need to clamp down on street racing in the city at large.

LA Councilor Gil Cedillo, who represents the area, did not respond to a request for comment.

“I don’t want filming to stop, I mean, it’s one of the most important economic things we have in Los Angeles,” says Price. “It’s just that the owner of the place has to make sure that the people of the place are really responsible for the neighborhood.”

The protest, which is being organized by an Angelino Heights resident who declined an interview with Variety, is supported by Street Racing Kills and Streets Are for Everyone, two advocacy organizations that focus on road safety education. Its founders, Lili Trujillo Puckett and Damian Kevitt, were personally affected by dangerous driving: Puckett’s 16-year-old daughter died in an accident caused by a street race, while Kevitt lost his leg after being hit by a speeding car. Griffith Park.

During the pandemic, street racing has increased as an issue in the city at large, with street racing and achievement jumping 27% last year, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. While Pucket explains that Universal has done some outreach to promote safe driving in the years since the “Fast and Furious” franchise began — including a PSA she participated in a few years ago with franchise star Sung Kang — she says she hasn’t. was comprehensive enough to counter the effects the films had, and that Universal needs to do a bigger campaign to get the message across more forcefully.

She cites several recent street racing incidents this year, including a highway accident that killed two people in May, as a reason why production on “Fast” should not return to the streets of Los Angeles for filming.

“I feel like they should have waited maybe another year, especially with the problem being as big as it is now,” says Puckett.

Kevitt doesn’t necessarily have a problem with car enthusiasts racing in a safe and contained environment, but it’s a different story on public streets with real-life consequences. While the “Fast” movies have moved away from their street racing beginnings, the next installment is said to be “returning to its roots”.

What’s happening in Angelino Heights is the result of an industry that doesn’t care about its possible consequences, says Kevitt. “That needs to change and Universal needs to take responsibility for the consequences and billions of money they made from it.”

Pat Saperstein contributed to this article.

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