'Quick X' actually rolled a 1-ton steel ball lined in flaming gasoline down the streets of Rome

  • A scene early in “Quick X” exhibits Dom racing to cease a bomb from annihilating the Vatican.
  • Director Louis Leterrier advised Insider they actually rolled an enormous flaming ball by means of Rome.
  • Leterrier mentioned they really flipped and exploded the vehicles that you just see destroyed on-screen.

Early in “Quick X,” Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew race after an enormous ticking time bomb earlier than it may possibly blow up the Vatican.

Not all of that is CGI.  

“We actually rolled a one-ton steel ball lined in simply gasoline, flaming gasoline down the streets of Rome,” director Louis Leterrier advised Insider through Zoom earlier this month.

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This is how the “Quick X” bomb appeared on set.

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The most recent film in “The Quick and the Livid” franchise follows Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) as he exacts revenge on Dom’s crew for the dying of his father in 2011’s “Quick 5.”

A part of that vengeance contains setting Dom’s household up as terrorists who goal the sacred website and vacationer vacation spot.

The big motion sequence includes the bomb relentlessly barreling by means of every little thing in its path. Crushed vehicles, smashed statues, and a destroyed water fountain are all on the bomb’s mercy as Dom desperately chases it down. 

Stunt footage, made out there to press, exhibits the enflamed ball being tugged alongside on wires, taking out a police automobile.

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The steel ball rams right into a police automobile on the set of “Quick X.”

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It additionally actually decimated the bus in its path.

Fast X wrecks bus.

That bus wasn’t all visible results.

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“We had Dom’s automobile making an attempt to cease it and that was accomplished for actual. The vehicles exploding had been additionally accomplished for actual,” Leterrier mentioned.

The scene culminates in Vin dramatically crashing his automobile right into a crane to knock the bomb into the Tiber River to blow up.

There could not have been a crane, however they actually despatched the ball over a bridge into the water. 

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The steel ball might float as soon as it fell into the water.

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“Pulling the cameras out and in of the vehicles whereas they’re shifting, chasing them, seeing the actors behind the wheel, after which connecting them,” Leterrier mentioned, “Having Vin do a 180 in entrance of an exploding bomb after which ending on a close-up with him, that is all accomplished for actual.”

The director, who joined the franchise mid-production in Might 2022, has spoken brazenly of his choice for sensible stunts if attainable, telling Esquire Center East he wished to floor the franchise in actuality extra when he got here aboard.

Of preserving the scene as life like as attainable, Leterrier advised Insider: “It is a bunch of actual parts put collectively. There is not any CG there. I imply, clearly, we did not blow up an enormous bomb in Rome. That is CG. However simply the vehicles flipping and Dom, all of that was accomplished for actual and it exhibits. In the event you can hold 75% of your picture actual, the viewers is aware of it. We do it for actual.”

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Because the bomb’s explosion reverberates, manufacturing actually flipped police vehicles within the air.

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Letterier mentioned viewers can anticipate “much more practicality within the subsequent one” when he returns to direct “Quick X: Half II” due out in 2025. 

“Quick X,” additionally starring Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tyrese, and Charlize Theron is in theaters Friday.

You may watch Leterrier talk about making the scene beneath.


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