Fast and Furious fans around the world are excited for the series’ 10th installment, “Fast X,” to return next April. Residents of Los Angeles’ historic Angelino Heights neighborhood, not many.
Since its 2001 premiere, Fast and the Furious fans have been heading straight to Angelino Heights to keep their eyes peeled for Bob’s Market, a store owned by the family of the movie’s Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) , which is also the character’s quaint Victorian home.
But unlike the houses near where the WB series “Glamour” was filmed, Bob’s Market and Dominic’s house have become more than selfie destinations. Almost every night, in addition to racing and street takeovers throughout the area west of downtown, car enthusiasts spin donuts at high speed in front of the store.
Residents dealing with the constant noise and unsafe conditions have had enough and plan to film a protest for “Fast X” on Friday. The protests come as anger in the city over the impact of street racing and takeovers is at an all-time high. At the same time, traffic and pedestrian fatalities have skyrocketed during the pandemic, often due to reckless driving and speeding. It has become an epidemic in Los Angeles and the country as a whole — with a 21% increase in U.S. traffic fatalities in the first three months of 2022 compared to 2020.
Filming notices received by community members from FilmLA indicate that “Fast X” will be filmed in front of the Toretto house on Kensington Road from 9am to 2am on Friday, “simulating emergency services activities, aerial photography, wetting the streets” and atmospheric smog.” According to a spokesperson for FilmLA, which is in charge of licensing the film in Los Angeles, the licensing has not yet been finalized, but the announcement has been provided to the community by the office.
“If the film is allowed to shoot in Angelino Heights, or any part of F10 Productions (Universal)…we will have a massive protest and will invite many journalists and news cameras to film us all day protesting the filming, and at night,” obtained the email type From a resident’s letter to the Los Angeles City Council. “We will hold this protest in honor of the 178 people killed by street racers in Los Angeles and ashamed of Universal’s ruthless disregard for this deadly street racing epidemic that their films began and continue to promote.” There were no further details about the protest.
Universal did not respond to a request for comment.
and typeseveral Angelino Heights residents explained that their questions about The Fast and the Furious had less to do with the one-day filming itself and more to do with the film’s impact on the community throughout the year.
Helen King and Robert Howard, a married couple who live near Bob’s Market, said the open space in front of the store attracts street racers who practice donuts and rev up their engines, making noise and smoke. Although the city put up some bollards in the area, many drivers simply moved to nearby streets or continued to work around obstacles. When they do, because some cars don’t have mufflers, the noise is often extremely disruptive, with screeching tires all night long.
“Our mom is with us, she’s 90, and she’s scared to hear it at night,” Howard said. “There are kids right around that corner. Shouldn’t be allowed.”
Several racers hit the car while driving in the area, King said. In addition, she said she witnessed several drivers speeding away after the collision, leaving the owners to deal with the consequences.
“Someone will be killed,” she said. “sooner or later.”
An unnamed resident told type At one point, he was shot at by a “Fast and Furious” fan after he asked him to stop driving at noon.
“During the day, I was trying to work in the office and people were running around with their cars, making all kinds of noise, and I came out and yelled, ‘Would you do this in front of your grandma’s house?? Some kids would say, ‘You what did you say to me? “Then pulled out a gun and pointed it at me,” the resident said. “I’m standing on my porch and he’s across the street. So I’m not afraid of my life. But anytime someone pulls a gun, it’s a serious thing.”
On another occasion, the resident and his brother-in-law got into a row with other nearby drivers. A few days later, they woke up in the middle of the night to find someone had set fire to a trash can in their driveway, nearly burning down their house in the process.
“It’s irresponsible for these people to find real housing and then torturing the people who live there,” the resident said. “Of course, they (Universal) didn’t know when they made the film that it was going to be a cultural phenomenon.”
Not all residents necessarily want to stop “Fast X” filming. Longtime homeowner Planaria Price, who helped persuade the city to install barriers in front of Bob’s Market, explained that Universal provided her and other residents with stipends and nuisance fees, which helped her restore several homes in the area she owns.
According to Price, community residents who complained about the “Quick X” filming have been paid. While she agrees that street racing, which the film encourages, is dangerous, she believes the problem lies more with the Los Angeles government and the need for the city as a whole to crack down on street racing.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents the area, did not respond to a request for comment.
“I don’t want to stop filming, I mean, this is one of the most important economic activities we have in Los Angeles,” Price said. “It’s just that the owner of the location has to make sure the people in the location are really accountable to the community.”
The protest was organized by an Angelino Heights resident who declined to be interviewed. type, supported by Street Racing Kills and Streets Are for Everyone, two advocacy groups focused on road safety education. Their founders, Lili Trujillo Puckett and Damian Kevitt, were both affected by dangerous driving: Puckett’s 16-year-old daughter died in a crash caused by a street race, while Kevitt was killed by a car speeding past in Griffith Lost a leg after hitting Park.
Street racing has become a problem across the city during the pandemic, with races and street takeovers jumping 27 percent last year, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. While Pucket explained that in the years since the “Fast and the Furious” series began, Universal has done some publicity to promote driving safety — including a PSA she attended a few years ago featuring series star Sung Kang — but she Saying it wasn’t far-reaching enough to counter the impact the film had, Universal needed a larger campaign to get the message across more strongly.
She cited several recent street racing incidents this year, including highway crash Killing two people in May is one reason why “Fast” production shouldn’t return to shooting on the streets of Los Angeles.
“I think they should wait another year, especially now that the problem is so big,” Puckett said.
Kevitt isn’t necessarily a problem for car enthusiasts racing in a safe, enclosed environment, but on public streets it’s a different matter, with real-life consequences. While the “fast” movie has ditched its street racing beginnings, the next one is said to be “back to basics”.
What happened in Angelino Heights was the result of an industry that didn’t care about its potential consequences, Kevitt said. “This needs to change, and Universal needs to step up and take responsibility for the billions and consequences they make from it.”
Pat Saperstein contributed to this article.