Los Angeles Residents Say ‘Fast and Furious 10’ Filming is Ruining Their Neighborhood
The “Fast and Furious” franchise is in the process of filming the tenth installment in the series, Fast X, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2023. While many F&F fans are excited for the upcoming film, many Los Angeles residents are just furious.
Specifically, residents of Angelino Heights say the film franchise has been ruining their neighborhood since the first film debuted in 2001. Fans have been flocking to Angelino Heights to see Bob’s Market, the store owned by Vin Diesel’s character Domenic Toretto, and take selfies in front of his humble Victorian house.
But it doesn’t end there. Almost every night, car enthusiasts have been spotted ripping donuts, racing, and holding street takeovers west of Downtown.
As a result, Angelino Heights residents have reached their breaking point from the endless noise and reckless driving, saying they will be holding a protest for the filming of Fast X on Friday, August 26th.
There has been an increase in traffic fatalities and pedestrian deaths since the pandemic, resulting in a 21% increase in the first three months of 2022 when compared to 2020.
According to Variety, community members have stated that they will be staging a protest of Fast X if filming will continue in their neighborhood. “If this film shoot is allowed to go forward in Angelino Heights, or any part of it from F10 Productions (Universal) … we will stage a protest and will invite many reporters and news cameras to film us protesting this film shoot all day and night,” says a resident in an email to Los Angeles City Council. “We will hold this protest to honor the 178 people who have been killed by street racers in Los Angeles, and to shame Universal for their callous disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing their films started and continue to promote.”
Kim and Robert Howard, a married couple that lives near Bob’s Market, have said that the storefront has become a big draw for street racers doing donuts and generating excessive amounts of noise and smoke. “Our mom stays with us, she’s 90, she gets scared at night with this kind of sound,” Howard says. “There’s kids in the neighborhood right on that corner. It shouldn’t be allowed.”
Additionally, Howard says that there have been numerous collisions with residents’ parked cars where the driver speeds off, leaving the owner to deal with it.
Another resident says that there have been numerous occasions where there was unnecessary violence directed toward him and his neighbors. He says he once had a gun pointed at him by a F&F fan after he told him to stop running his car in the middle of the day.
“In the middle of the daytime I’m trying to work in my office, somebody’s whipping around making all kinds of noise with their car, and I come out and I’m yelling, ‘Would you do this in front of your grandma’s house?’ And some kid’s like, ‘What did you say to me?’ And pulls out a gun and pointed at me,” the resident says. “I’m standing on my porch and he’s on the opposite side of the street. So I wasn’t scared for my life. But anytime someone pulls a gun, it’s a serious thing.”