This past weekend, Furious 7 broke box office records and if you were among the many who went to see the film on opening weekend, you witnessed the destruction of a whole lot of cars. Over 230 vehicles, to be exact! According to a recent conversation with the Wall Street Journal, the film’s car coordinator — Dennis McCarthy — referenced one particular scene which ended up destroying over 40 cars and it’s not the one where they parachute out of an airplane:
After filming the “Furious 7” mountain-highway chase on Colorado’s Monarch Pass, the car crew stowed its crashed cars in the parking lot of the small nearby Monarch Ski Resort. Mr. Jansen had two days to remove them so the resort could prepare for its opening season. “We probably destroyed 40-plus vehicles just shooting that sequence,” Mr. McCarthy says.
McCarthy also discussed the vehicle carnage from the previous two sequels:
For 2013’s “Fast & Furious 6,” when a tank bursts out of a military transport and flattens numerous cars on a highway in Tenerife Island, Spain, Mr. McCarthy’s people made deals with local junkyards and used-car lots. “We’d wreck 25 cars a day, they’d come out at night, scoop ‘em up and bring us 25 more,” he says. “It was a round-the-clock process, with multiple tow trucks and car carriers.” For 2011’s “Fast Five,” in which the “Furious” crew haul a massive bank vault through Puerto Rico, filmmakers struck a deal with the government to transport used cars inexpensively from San Juan’s wrecking yard to the set, destroy them, then deliver them back to the yard.
Somewhere near Colorado Springs, those 230 vehicles now exist as giant blocks of metal. Rest in peace, cars. You served valiantly.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)