Fast and Furious car coordinator reveals his favorite vehicles from Fast 8Dennis McCarthy might just be the most influential automotive enthusiast on the planet. The best part? He doesn't even know it. The Picture Car Coordinator for the Fast and Furious franchise since its third outing (Tokyo Drift), McCarthy is responsible for identifying a vehicle that best personifies a character, sourcing said vehicle, and modifying it for both aesthetic and practical purposes. He’s brought to life some the biggest stars from the film series, such as Vin Diesel’s ’70 Dodge Charger.
McCarthy’s repertoire isn’t limited to Dominic Toretto and his band of misfits. Some of his recent credits include Death Race, Batman V Superman, and Captain America: Civil War, not to mention the upcoming Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Remember the opening scene in La La Land, the one where a bunch of idle commuters stuck on a freeway overpass suddenly, and for no good reason, jump out of their cars and break into song and dance? McCarthy and his crew coordinated that as well. By leaving indelible automotive impressions on moviegoers worldwide, McCarthy is creating a new generation of automotive icons similar to the Ford Mustang GT from Bullitt or the DeLorean DMC-12 in Back to the Future in the past. He is an automotive tastemaker of the highest order.
McCarthy has zero Hollywood pretense, however. A line producer he is not. Talk to him about the Fate of the Furious, and he still gets excited talking about makes and models, rattling off their wild modifications and the even wilder stunts they perform. From building cars to function on the icy conditions of Iceland to transporting in all of the stunt cars and necessary parts and tools for the scenes in Cuba to heaving dozens of cars off a multi-floor garage, when the film calls for real cars to do real things, McCarthy makes it happen (read: not the CGI or physics plot holes). He’s also making this listicle happen. The car wrangler picked his eight favorite cars from Fast 8 and the reasons why.
Caution, spoilers ahead.