'2 Fast 2 Furious' - Paul Walker and Tyrese Interview

Tyrese: "If you loved the first one, this one's sh*tting on the first one"

Paul Walker Tyrese
Universal Pictures

The streets of Florida are the setting for director John Singleton's 2 Fast 2 Furious, the heavily anticipated sequel to the 2001 surprise hit, The Fast and the Furious.

This time Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, has left the police force and is keeping himself busy racing other car enthusiasts. Nabbed by the cops while participating in an illegal drag race, O'Conner is recruited to help bring down Miami-based drug runner and all-around bad guy, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). O'Conner brings in his old buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese) and they team up to take down Verone.

Can 2 Fast 2 Furious capture the audience the way The Fast and the Furious did? According to the director and the movie's stars, 2 Fast 2 Furious is bigger, better and even more of a thrill ride than the original. Here's what a few members of the 2 Fast 2 Furious cast had to say about working on this sequel:

PAUL WALKER ('Brian O'Conner')

What distinguishes 2 Fast 2 Furious from The Fast and the Furious?
You could have just thrown a bunch of more money into it and bought better cars [but] the racing sequences are a lot better. The last time around every race was a quarter mile race. Typically that race lasts for just 10 -15 seconds. Somehow, don't ask me how, but we managed to stretch it to 4 minutes and no one really raised an eyebrow. This time around, the racing sequences take place all over the place.

Will you do a third part?
I don't know...

TYRESE ('Roman Pearce')

How much of your own driving stunts did you get to do?
John Singleton really wanted us to do a lot of our own driving. Me and Paul just kind of made it a point to piss off as many stunt drivers as possible. [Singleton] wanted to make it as believable as possible and I think he did it. All of the editing and cut-aways and that kind of stuff can get a little strenuous. I told him, "You can get somebody who's got a head about my size, which is probably hard to find. I've got a nice little dome up there." But I wanted to do a lot of my own driving; we definitely had to make it believable.

What type of preparation did you do to drive in this movie?
We just had to do a week and a half of driving school. It wasn't to teach us how to drive, it was to teach us how to drive and be filmed. You know what I mean? We had to do certain stunts. John [Singleton] wanted us to be behind the wheel as often as possible. We pissed off a lot of stunt drivers while doing this movie, but that's just John. His credibility as a film director is to make it as real as possible. We really wanted the fans who are watching this movie and supporting it, to feel like they are behind the wheel just like us.

Was there ever a point where you felt scared?
It got a little hectic but I wasn't willing to lose a leg for Universal. Love you, but my momma likes me walking regular. I don't [want to be] left limping. We did it as close as possible until we couldn't do it any more, and then that's when we put [stunt drivers] in.

Did anyone crash?
I crashed and Paul crashed but it wasn't anything devastating.

Did you get injured?
I didn't get my injuries from a car crash, I got it from actually socking the window out of a car. The glass or whatever on the window just cut my knuckles up a little bit. But I'm a big boy, I got over it.

What's the fastest you've ever driven?
The fastest I've ever gone is probably about 155 and I was in my TL600. I was on a racetrack, okay, not on the streets - for all the kids that are listening (laughing).

Why should fans check out 2 Fast 2 Furious?
2 Fast 2 Furious - if you loved the first one, this one's sh*tting on the first one.