Ludacris is putting the racing lessons he got on the set of “2 Fast 2 Furious” to further use.
While filming a video in Los Angeles last week for the soundtrack’s first single, “Act a Fool,” the Atlanta rapper did most of his own stunts, including some dodgy driving maneuvers through a concrete river bed and an even more dangerous feat with someone else behind the wheel.
“We did one stunt performance where Luda is rapping while strapped to the side of a car doing a wheelie,” the clip’s co-director, Bryan Barber (Outkast), said Tuesday. “It’s really crazy.”
The video incorporates some of the cars from the sequel to “The Fast and the Furious,” but it has a different vibe than the movie, which opens June 6.
“We wanted to take that street energy element and lighten it up, ’cause Ludacris has a comical side to himself,” said Barber, who worked with Chaka Zulu (“Move Bitch”) on the video. “So we came up with a concept based loosely on ’Cannonball Run’ and just had fun with it.”
The clip opens with several cars pulling up to a store on a country road outside of Los Angeles. A few of the drivers run up to a mailbox and get instructions for the race and then hit the trail.
As in “Cannonball Run,” there are plenty of interesting characters, including cameos from “2 Fast 2 Furious” stars Paul Walker, Tyrese, Devon Aoki and Eva Mendes (“Training Day”) along with director John Singleton and the Disturbing Tha Peace crew. None of them, however, was any competition for Ludacris.
“He’s the star, so of course he wins the race,” Barber said. “He starts off in a truck and goes into an alley and switches his truck for a souped-up car with nitrous oxide and eludes the police on his run. We even have this crazy ice cream truck that tries to pull into the race, kind of like ’The Tortoise and the Hare.’ The movie is so action-packed and serious, we wanted to put a spin and bring a little bit of the tongue-in-cheek out of it.”
The “Act a Fool” video will premiere next month on “Making the Video.” The soundtrack, for which a track list has not been finalized, is due May 20.
While on the set of “2 Fast 2 Furious” last year, Ludacris described his stunt school experience as “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life” (see ” ’Fast And The Furious 2’ Rolling Fine Without Diesel, Ja Rule” ).