‘Fast X’: Residents Protest Franchise Filming In L.A.’s Angeleno Heights, Saying It Encourages Illegal Street Racing There

one of Angelino Heights‘ According to some of the people living in, the most famous residents are no longer welcome there. Los Angeles neighbourhood.

Specifically, they are talking about Dominic Toretto, the main character of Fast Movies starring Vin Diesel, whose onscreen home is a 4,800-square-foot home built in the area in 1906.

as the filming of NBCUniversal‘s fast xThe 10th installment of the franchise, was due to take place in the area today and Saturday, with residents participating in a protest saying they fear the film will glorify and encourage illegal street race in their neighbourhood.

Protesters hold a press conference behind a mock street racing victim during a protest against the construction of ‘Fast X’.
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“It’s super, super, super dangerous,” one resident told the crowd gathered for the protest late in the morning. “I mean, guys, it’s not a smart person to figure out that if you lose control, you’re going to kill someone or something.”

He put up a picture of a crashed vehicle and said, “Are we going to wait for one of our neighbors, our kids, for this to happen, before someone shouts to take action, or are we going to do it before?” Are you?

Some residents marched across the area chanting “Street Racing Kills” while holding pictures of people killed in related accidents.

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ in 2001. Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Toretto House on Kensington and the Angeleno Heights area in general is featured in several Fast Voting installments. The neighborhood’s winding streets and hills provided an opportunity for “fun leaping” in the scenery that followed, According to Rob Cohen, who directed the first film.

Real-life racing terrain and home access have attracted fans to the arena, some of whom just want a photo or drive-by video of the house, and some of whom engage in road takeovers and donuts or burnouts, as in That is evidenced by circular tire marks at some intersections.

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Donuts from street takeovers and street racing are seen outside the set of ‘Fast X’ in Angeleno Heights
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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles has seen a 30% increase in deaths due to traffic violence and a 21% increase in serious injuries over the past year.

Concerned residents contacted road safety organizations Streets Are for Everyone and Street Racing Kills, which set up Friday’s protests. One protest was held late on Friday morning, the second set at 5 pm

A resident crosses a police blockade near the set of ‘Fast X’ in Angeleno Heights on Friday
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Damien Cavitt, executive director of Streets Are For Everyone, said that while residents are compensated for the short-term inconvenience of filming, there are long-term effects.

“How do you make up for years of misery and wake up night after night with tires and rubber burning?” asked Kevit.

“And what effect does this have on the physical and mental health of those residents? You can’t make up for it.”

Both organizations are asking the city to re-engineer the streets of Angeleno Heights to install barriers such as speed humps and meridians that prevent drivers from racing.

They are calling on city and state officials to have a zero-tolerance policy on street racing, and for NBCUniversal to follow up on their own social impact statement, including, among other things, a disclaimer that bans street racing in movies. Discouraging and working with legislators to pass. Laws preventing such illegal activity.

“I’m not saying that we should totally indulge in cancellation culture fast and furious“But what I am saying is that there is a need for some corporate responsibility by NBCUniversal and there is a need for responsibility by the city to address the illegal aspect of this,” Kewitt said.

Kevitt said he has received feedback from representatives from both the LAPD and the mayor’s office regarding the complaints.

Deadline has reached NBCUniversal and will add any comments received.

City News Service contributed to this report.