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No matter how devoted a Fast & Furious fan you are or how much you adore Vin Diesel, the Fast and the Furious series has consistently produced high-caliber action movies for the past 20 years. Not simply the stunts account for the success.
The series is interesting because of how well the characters (and actors) get along, but it also has a surprising amount of heart, which may come from the real-life bonds that have grown over the years. (The sentiments of consolation following Paul Walker’s passing and the reappearance of previous cast members in successive sequels attest to this.)
But how much progress have they made since the first Fast and Furious movie? For a look at The Fast and the Furious stars, then and now, we’re searching down the original cast members and our favourites throughout the series.
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1. Vin Diesel
Before The Fast and the Furious, we had met Vin Diesel, but not in exactly this way. Dominic Toretto, a street racer, was played flawlessly by the action icon, and the rest is history.
There are many things that the Fast and Furious franchise has given us, but Vin Diesel is its greatest gift. Diesel has resurrected his character 6 times since playing the lead in the action movie twenty years ago, and has even announced Fast & Furious 10.
2. Michelle Rodriguez
When she played Letty Ortiz in the first The Fast and the Furious, Michelle Rodriguez was not as well known as she is now. The young actress is shown in this photo attending the movie’s premiere in 2001.
Michelle Rodriguez performed in blockbuster movies like Blue Crush and Resident Evil after getting her big break in The Fast and the Furious.
The actress has carried on playing Vin Diesel’s character’s love interest throughout the Fast and Furious trilogy, but she is still most famous for her work in action movies.
3. Paul Walker
Few Fast & Furious characters are as well-known as Brian O’Conner. And after portraying the role for the first seven films in the series, Paul Walker quickly attained icon status.
Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident not long after The Fast and the Furious 6 debuted. The actor, who passed away while Furious 7 was in production, made a posthumous appearance in the movie. Even at the very end of F9, there is a hint that the O’Connor persona might make another appearance.
4. Jordana Brewster
Since the very beginning, Jordana Brewster has been a member of the F&F series. As Mia Toretto, Dominic Toretto’s sister and Brian O’Connor’s love interest, she quickly won over fans.
Jordana Brewster, who gained notoriety in action movies, ventured into other genres and starred in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. She has continued to repeat her beloved Mia character and can be seen in the most recent F9 movie.
5. Rick Yune
Rick Yune played Johnny Tran in the original Fast and Furious movie, which you might recognise. The performer played Vin Diesel’s enmity competitor and the head of a Vietnamese gang.
Despite the fact that Yune didn’t participate in any more Fast and Furious movies, the actor kept getting action parts. In addition to Ninja Assassin and Olympus Has Fallen, he also made an appearance in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
6. Matt Schulze
In the first Fast and Furious movie, Matt Schulze played Vince, one of the founding members of the crew. Shulze returned his role in the fifth movie, Fast Five, but did not appear in any of the other sequels.
Matt Schulze co-starred in The Transporter alongside future Fast and Furious cast member Jason Statham just one year after landing his breakthrough role in The Fast and the Furious. Along with Blade and Blade II, he is well known. (Yes, he still sports those tattoos.)
Ludacris first appeared on cinema as Tej Parker, a technological genius and former racer, in the second Fast & Furious movie. He didn’t fully integrate into the crew until the fifth movie, but the wait was worthwhile.
Tej Parker has now been portrayed by the rapper/actor in six Fast movies. Ludacris keeps juggling acting roles with his music career.
8. Eva Mendes
When she played Monica Fuentes in 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003, Eva Mendes was hardly famous. An undercover U.S. Customs agent who just so accidentally fell in love with Brian O’Connor was played by the actress (Paul Walker). And indeed, it was at this point that the famous look and drive motion was created.
Eva Mendes’ career truly took off after she appeared in the Fast and Furious movie. Her credits include Hitch, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Between the Pines, and numerous others.
9. Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese Gibson was largely recognised for his work as a musician, but his roles in the Fast & Furious series and 2001’s Baby Boy solidified his acting abilities. Roman Pearce, played by the actor, debuted in the 2 Fast 2 Furious franchise.
After making his Fast and Furious debut, Tyrese Gibson established himself as a recurring character. Between episodes, Gibson acted in a number of other popular movies like Transformers, Legion, and Annapolis.
10. Ja Rule
Who could ever forget Ja Rule’s appearance in the first Fast and Furious movie? Even though the rapper was a very minor role, he had a significant impact.
Unfortunately, Ja Rule didn’t return to the long-running series’ sequels to reprise his Edwin character. He continues to perform and work as a rapper. He was notoriously duped into investing in the Fyre Festival.