Just wrapped Fast Five in Rio! Huge thank you to our dedicated crew and all the communities for their patience and hospitality.
Shooting on location is one of my favorite aspects of being a filmmaker. Not only do we get unprecedented access and support, I also get to learn and understand the inner workings of each respective locale and people.
Oh, and I get to eat great food. In Rio, it’s all about red meat, cheese and fruit. And at Cervantes, you get all three. I like my filet rare with pineapple wrapped around their signature block of perpetually melted cheese.
Another perk of studio gigs is you get to stay at hotels you only see in James Bond movies.
In Rio it’s the Copacabana Palace. But when the cast of Fast Five, Twilight, and Jonas Brothers all stay at the same place, you get hundred of screaming fans parked right outside. And they were definitely screaming- all day and night. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to go on set and they were still screaming. Even the rain couldn’t deter them. Now those are fans.
And finally, I found out that unlike the U.S. where we count how much money a film makes, in Brazil they measure each film by how many people go see it. That should tell us something.
Dark little editing rooms, here I come.