A Los Angeles neighborhood that had served as the backdrop for the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies was the scene of protests on Friday against the filming of the next installment of the motoring saga, claiming that its streets have since suffered an epidemic of illegal urban races. .
Residents expressed their anger ahead of the filming scheduled for this weekend in Angelino Heights, a historic district near downtown Los Angeles. The place is the fictional place of residence of Dominic Toretto, a character played by actor Vin Diesel in the saga.
It is about illegal racing, “street takeovers”, literally “street takeovers”, where a crowd usually gathers at night to see car enthusiasts revving their engines at high speed through the streets of the city. town.
For Damian Kevitt, a local resident and founder of SAFE, which opposes the practice, “Fast and Furious” helped “glorify illegal activity” turning Angelino Heights into a “tourist destination for illegal street racing ”.
“On Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday evenings, there will be three, four, five, six cars coming here to do + burnouts +, and + donuts +”, maneuvers where drivers squeal their tires, assures Damian Kevitt. “There were no street races in the neighborhood before +Fast and Furious+ was filmed there,” he adds.
SAFE is urging the city to install speed bumps and implement zero tolerance for street racing. The association also asked Universal to add a mention in “Fast and Furious” encouraging people not to take part in such races. Universal did not immediately respond to requests from AFP.
The first ‘Fast and Furious’ movie was released in 2001 and the franchise has since become the eighth-highest box office movie series in history, raking in $6.6 billion in the span of 10 films. “Fast and Furious 10”, the 11th installment in the saga, is due out next May.
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