For Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), no bond is greater than kin. It's the connective tissue throughout every Fast film, and it's just one of the many reasons the franchise will be the recipient of this year's Generation Award at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Dom's OG crew of small-time criminals is where it all began: Leticia "Letty" Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) — Dom's girlfriend and an adrenaline-junkie badass in her own right — Vince (Matt Schulze), Leon (Johnny Strong), Jesse (Chad Lindberg), and Dom's little sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).
Since The Fast and the Furious debuted in 2001, Dom's 1327 family has continued to grow, despite the devastating loss of Paul Walker. Tyrese Gibson made his memorable debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious, while Chris "Ludacris" Bridges technically joined the family in that installment but didn't really become a regular until Fast Five, a film that also introduced Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to the franchise.
Let's take a look at how the stars of the Fast & Furious franchise have changed since it all began 16 years ago.
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It's nice to know that some things never change.
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When Rodriguez signed on to star as Letty in The Fast and the Furious more than 16 years ago, she didn't even know how to drive.
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Gibson made his Fast debut in 2 Fast 2 Furious with Paul Walker, cuz. He's been the comedic force in the franchise ever since.
As Tej, Brian and Roman's friend from Miami, Ludacris is the brains of the operation.
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Although she didn't appear in The Fate of the Furious, Brewster said the "door isn't closed forever" when asked if should would reprise her role as Dom's little sister Mia in the ninth installment.
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First cast in Fast Five, The Rock has been credited with taking the franchise to the blockbuster level.
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Pataky also appeared in Fast Five and ultimately became a love interest for Dom in Fast & Furious 6 — before Letty was revealed to be secretly alive and working for Owen Shaw in London.
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