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'The Fast and the Furious' Turns 15: ET's Top 4 Moments With the Cast

by Raphael Chestang 1:09 PM PDT, June 22, 2016
Playing 'The Fast and the Furious' Turns 15: ET's Top 4 Moments With the Cast

On June 22, 2001, The Fast and the Furious debuted, launching one of the most successful franchises in cinematic history.

In the 15 years that the Fast and Furious movies have revved up our hearts and raked in the cash, ET has been with the cast every step of the way.

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Keep reading for ET's favorite behind-the-scenes moments.

1. When Vin Diesel described his onscreen hookup with Michelle Rodriguez. On Oct. 4, 2000, when The Fast and the Furious was still shooting under its original title, Redline, Diesel admitted he had fun canoodling with his beautiful co-star.

"Let's just say I forgot about the lights; I forgot about the crew," he said with a smile. "I haven't done a lot of love scenes. I was fortunate to have someone like that."

2. When Rodriguez admitted that she has a need for speed in real life. While the actress didn't know how to drive before joining the movie, she revealed that once she got her license, she discovered her lead foot.

"The hardest aspect of driving for me is parking," she told ET on June 8, 2001. "It's going slow that really gets me. Fast really isn't much of a problem."

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3. When Paul Walker attended his first premiere as a leading man. The California native reached a new plateau in his career on June 18, 2001, when he stepped onto the red carpet of The Fast and the Furious Hollywood premiere and became a household name.

"It's pretty wild!" Walker told ET over the noise of screaming fans. "I didn't expect this. This is pretty unreal."

Life got even sweeter for Walker when the film opened at No. 1 and ultimately grossed $207.3 million at the box office worldwide.

4. When Diesel realized he had made it. When ET met up with the action star on June 28, 2001, he couldn't even walk down the street without being recognized after the first movie made $41 million the first weekend.

"It's a very strange feeling when you realize your dream has come true," he said.

Tragically in 2013, the cast's captain, Walker, died in a high-speed car crash in Valencia, California.

In the wake of Walker's death, his final Fast movie, Furious 7, became the highest-grossing installment in the franchise by earning $1.5 billion worldwide. It's currently the No. 6 film of all time.

Fans can experience the original movie in theaters again today, as it's having a limited re-release across the country. Fast 8 is due out April 14, 2017.

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