When The Fast and The Furious first came out back in 2001 it captured the hearts and minds of millions around the globe. It was probably a mixture of all that adrenaline and the good looking star studded cast that did it. Nobody anticipated just how big the franchise would become. The sage is now the largest franchiser of Universal of all time! They didn’t just stop at movies they created video games, characters, soundtracks and even car toys. Who would have thought we would become so addicted to watching and learning more about the culture of illegal street racing. On February 2, 2016 the world cheered again, rejoicing when they had learned that Vin Diesel had signed for an eighth instalment. He renewed his contract and confirmed the franchise will end with 10 films. The ninth film is currently scheduled to be released in April 2019, so not long to wait now! Who’s excited? If, like me, you’re a huge fan of The Fast and The Furious saga, be sure to let us know in the comments section on Facebook, we would love to know how many of you are still out there. I’m a die hard fan since the beginning. Let’s take a look at the cast and what they look like now! Enjoy.
15. Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese Gibson is one of those awfully lucky men in life that just doesn’t seem to age, he looks exactly the same today as he did all those years ago. Tyrese has so many strings to his bow we started to lose count. He’s a performer, singer, rapper, ex-model, and actor. When he got bored of music he went on to have a go at conquering the world of Hollywood. Hats off to him, he did it! He didn’t have the easiest childhood growing up, his mother raised both him and his three older siblings after their father abandoned them in 1983. Tyrese would have been just 5 years old. His successful career started back when he was just a mere 14 years old. He started out with just a few small wins such as appearing in a Coca-Cola advert and winning a talent contest. I guess when people really started to recognize him was at the age of 17 when he began modelling for Tommy Hilfiger. When appeared on the music scene nobody expected much but his debut album went platinum and his second album, 2000 Watts, share the name of the foundation he started to help youngsters. Despite his huge fame, he remains modest and does what he can to help the community and make the world a better place.
14. Chad Lindberg
Chad Lindberg is most popularly known for his roles in The Fast and The Furious, Sky of October, and TV series such Sons of Anarchy. He was born in Mount Vernon, Washington and his acting career began in the year of 1977. From there he made a number of appearances on popular shows such as ER and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I love watching Chad in films, I don’t know what it is about him but I feel like if I was to meet him at a bar me and him would be great friends. He is not the best looking of chaps but there is something about his personality and style of acting that has me hooked. Considering how long it has been since the first Fast and Furious film graced our screens we would also say that Chad has aged incredibly well. Maybe it’s something this particular cast have been eating? They barely look any older and it’s been over 15 years. Can you believe that? It makes me feel old. I certainly look very different than I did 15 years ago.
The legendary Ludacris is someone we continue to love even today. I can’t get enough of him I regularly stalk his Instagram to see what he’s up to these days and it never fails to disappoint. He hangs around with lots of funny men such as Kevin Hart. His real name is Christopher Brian Bridges, a lot less bad ass than Ludacris. The talented rapper/actor was born way back in 1977 but he doesn’t look a day over 21. How do they do it? I need to know what facial cream he uses. His massive success landed him multiple awards and he has sold over a staggering 24 million copies all over the world. He didn’t have the most conventional upbringing his parents were very young when he was born when Ludacris was just three years old they used to take him to college parties. Despite all of this, he made great grades in school. Clearly, he was pretty unstoppable from a very early age. Who knows what else he’s got hidden up his sleeves in the coming months. We will keep our eyes peeled.
12. Sung Kang
Sung Kang is an American actor born in Gainesville, Georgia. His role as Han Lue is unforgettable, although he is an incredible actor Kang has stated before that one of the things he hates about Hollywood is the stereotypes Eastern actors have to face when auditioning for a role. He continued his role in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious 3.5, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. In one of his interviews, he claimed that before playing the role of Han he had never heard of the sub culture ‘drifting’ apparent in Japan. Although he is primarily an actor he had a claim to fame in the music world when he appeared in a God’s (a popular Korean band) music video. Don’t believe me? Go Google it for yourself! Safe to say Sung Kang has aged very gracefully, and it seems he has learned to smile a little more since his first picture was taken. Kang is happily loved up and married now with Yarn Irene Seynos Bernabe, it is unclear how the two of them met.
11. Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez whose real name is actually Mayte is the most successful actress of Latina descent to grace Hollywood. She and he rebellious roles have grossed over a whopping 5 billion dollars! Wow! She has expanded her empire and branched into voice work for popular video games such as Call of Duty and Halo. However, she is most well-known for her bad girl reputation in movies such as The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil and Swat. It seems her bad girl reputation doesn’t end after the movie, Michelle has been arrested twice in her lifetime and has even come out recently as being a bisexual. But it wasn’t always this way, in her younger years she was raised by her grandmother as a Jehovah’s witness, she was part of a large family and had over ten brothers and stepbrothers. Perhaps that’s partly the reason she turned out the way she did, being surrounded by lots of men from an early definitely would have some sort of effect. Anyway, I think I speak for all men when I say that I love her, she’s every man’s dream.
10. Vin Diesel
Whenever I think about The Fast and the Furious, Vin Diesel is the first character who automatically springs to mind. For me, his face is synonymous with the films. Since he first appeared on the film back in 2001, he has certainly done a lot with his life. Diesel welcomed three children into this beautiful world with the help of his gorgeous girlfriend Paloma Jimenez. His acting career is defined by some of our favorite action-packed films. I’ve got to hand it to Vinny he certainly has aged well, he really doesn’t look all that different just a few extra wrinkles (the sign of a good life). Still sporting the same hair do, but he’s definitely learned how to smile, I mean who can blame him, he has a lot to smile about. Not only did he conquer the acting world, he became a producer and director. Vin Diesel isn’t one to settle for mediocre and went on to add several other strings to his bow, he founded the film production company One Race Films, Racetrack Records, and the video game company Tigon Studios. Who knows what the next card he pulls will be.
9. Paul Walker
Taken too soon but never forgotten. Paul Walker was just 40 years old at the time of his tragic death. The talented actor also starred in many other films such as Low Zero, Lethal Immersion, and Never Play with Strangers. When he appeared on The Fast and the Furious, safe to say, he captured the hearts of many women all over the globe. With his good looks and infectious charm, he was set for success from the very beginning. What I admired most about Walker was that despite his riches he had a keen interest in looking after the world we live in. He traveled to Chile after the 2010 earthquake and continued his lifelong interest in marine biology. His life suddenly came to a tragic end when the car he was driving collided with another vehicle, the soundtrack from Fast & Furious 7 was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards for best original song, it was a tribute to Walker. He left behind a beautiful daughter called Meadow Rain Walker. In 2011, Paul gained full custody of his daughter, you could see he was completely dedicated to being a full-time father despite having a demanding job. May he rest in peace.
8. Jordana Brewster
Jordana Brewster is originally from Panama City but she grew up living in the U.S. and Brazil. She was born out of a successful family her father is a celebrated banking investor and her mother is a former model of Sports Illustrated, that’s probably where Jordana gets her good looks from. Acting isn’t Jordana’s only forte, she has also tried her hand in the modelling world, and she speaks fluent Portuguese. Who knew! In her later life, she married to film producer Andrew Form back in 2007 with a low key private ceremony in the Bahamas. The two of them met at work on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Not exactly the most romantic of sets I imagine, but still, they fell in love. They went on to have beautiful children Julian and Rowan. Both of their children were born through a rental belly. It is not clear whether Jordana simply cannot carry the child herself because of medical issues, or she simply didn’t want to give birth and preferred a surrogacy. She seems to have slipped out the limelight for now but we have a feeling she will back very soon.
7. Gal Gadot
Wow, what a beauty Gal Galdot is to behold. Her beauty is what sprung the young girl into the limelight, back in 2004 she won the title of Miss Israel, as a result, she represented her country at the Miss Universe content in Ecuador that same year. By the time she appeared on The Fast and The Furious, it was first movie debut, and she had sealed her deal with success. She recently appeared in the remake of Wonder Woman, which if you haven’t seen it already, go and see it. It’s awesome! You won’t be able to take your eyes off her the whole way through. She comes from a humble background back in Israel her parents are teachers and engineers. In her teenage years, Gal worked as a babysitter and served burgers in Burger King, which means if you are a young woman reading this who works in Burger King there is still hope so never give up. Galdot’s maternal grandparents survived the Holocaust, perhaps it was this fact that drove Gal to dedicate two years of her life as a soldier when she enlisted in the Israel Defense Force as a combat coach. When asked about the time she served for her country she once answered that is wasn’t about the time but about learning ‘discipline and respect’. Unfortunately for us guys, she has been married since 2008 with businessman Yaron Versano. They have two beautiful daughters together.
6. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson, more famously known as The Rock, need I say more? The man is a complete legend! The actor, bodybuilder, and professional wrestler US has achieved many great things throughout his lifetime. As a wrestler, he has won ten World Champion ships, 8 as a WWE and two as WCW. Basically, he’s the sh*t when it comes to anything wrestling related. In his younger days he started out as a football player, it was clear from a young age just how much potential he really had. When he reached the peak of popularity in his wrestling career he was invited on to shows such as The Big Show, Triple H, and Saturday Night Live. After this, he won the hearts of even more people around the world and ended up as a guest star on television series such as Star Trek: Voyager and That ‘70s Show. When he made his debut in Hollywood it was for the classic movie The Mummy Returns, from there it seemed his possibilities were endless. Since appearing in The Fast and the Furious Dwayne has barely aged a day, and what a great set of teeth he has! Considering all the fighting he’s done in the past you’d think he would start to look a little rough around the edges, right? Nope, not Dwayne!
5. Lucas Black
Lucas Black was destined to work in the film industry from a young age. Despite having zero experience, he began working on a film in 1994, in Kevin Costner’s The War. From there he started out playing supporting roles, his first real lead role was in Friday Night Lights. If you look at him, you’ll see he has barely changed at all. Although, he has a much better tan now than he did before. I want to know where he has been vacationing. Black was born in Alabama in the United State. He comes from a middle-class background, his mother worked in an office and his father in a museum. He has both a sister and a brother named Lee and Lori. Lucas is the youngest of the bunch and graduated from high school back in May 2001. Some of the best-known films he starred in are American Gothic, Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights, and the saga of The Fast and The Furious films. What is your favorite film starring Lucas Black?
4. Rick Yune
Yune was born in Washington DC but he is of Korean Descent. Before acting he actually qualified in Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He raised the money for his University tuition a number of ways. He tried his hand at modeling to bring in some extra cash. From there he was discovered by an agent and landed roles in Versace and Ralph Lauren adverts. Like many models, he became tired of posing in front of the camera and really wanted to make his break in the world of Hollywood. He has played a number of bad boy roles throughout his career and I feel like the suit him well. The one that comes to mind as I write about him would be the one in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. When he was chosen for the role he was just 31 and when he was interviewed about it once he said he was a little timid stepping on to the set but told himself he had to give it his best shot. I’d say he did a very good job. Love that film, what a classic. What’s your favorite movie that Rick Yune made an appearance in?
3. Johnny Strong
My girlfriend has the major hots for this guy, who can blame her. He’s like a fine wine he just gets better with age. He’s got that rugged handsome look, I really don’t know how they do it if I don’t shave my beard for two days I look like a homeless man. Johnny Strong is absolute man goals. As if his good looks weren’t endearing enough he has many strings to his bow, he’s an actor, musician, stuntman, and martial art kind of guy. Impressed yet? I know I certainly am. Aside from his acting career, he is the lead singer in the band Operator. Now, I’m not gay but after learning about him I feel like I would definitely turn for him. He really made his mark in Hollywood when he landed a role in the Steven Seagal film The Glimmer Man. It is unclear if he’s dating or married but one thing for sure is that my girlfriend would jump at the chance to go on a date with this girl, and who can blame her? Everyone loves a bit of rock and roll.
2. Ted Levine
He may be getting old but he sure has lived a good life. Ted Levine whose real name is actually Frank Theodore Levine, describes himself as a ‘hillbilly’ Jew. From a very early age, he became obsessed with theatre. He spent most of the 80s searching for roles in TV and film. His mainstream success came when he landed a role in The Silence of the Lambs. For a short while, he was known as the bad guy when it came to films. However, he was able to remedy this by playing more positive characters such as a member of Al Pacino’s police unit in Heat. My heart goes out to this fellow after trying to hard to crack the film industry he finally did it and that for me is super inspiring. He never gave up and he deserves his success because he is one damn talented actor. I hope his career doesn’t come to an end soon because we can’t wait to see what he appears in next.
1. Ja Rule
Ja Rule, what a complete legend! This dude is synonymous with the hits I listened to back as a teenager. Love him. You may be surprised to learn that his real name is actually Jeffrey Edward Atkins but he is better known by his stage name Ja Rule. He has achieved many great things over the span of his life. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He is originally from Queens, New York but now reside in multiple abodes all over the world. His most notable hits include ‘Always On Time’ and ‘I’m Real’. They really don’t make music like they used to. I know I sound like a complete grandad when I say that but if you go to YouTube after reading this post and listen to some of his tunes you will become hooked. He’s got some absolute bangers. The only time you ever hear them now is when you step into an old school RnB club. Who knows what he’s up to these days but he certainly has aged well. We wish him all the success in the world and we definitely think he should make a comeback with a killer tune and put the rubbish Sean Paul to bed once and for all.
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