How Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster have fared since the first film

By Kate Ward
April 10, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Fast and Furious (2009)

  • Movie

Vin Diesel
His Character: Dominic Toretto, a street racer who ran a truck-hijacking gang in the first installment and is a fugitive avenging his ex’s murder this time around.
His Career: Diesel scored with 2002’s XXX (which opened at an impressive $44.5 million). From there, his momentum began to stall (A Man Apart, The Chronicles of Riddick, Babylon A.D.), with the exception of his 2005 against-type Disney hit, The Pacifier.

Paul Walker
His Character: Brian O’Conner, an undercover cop who is investigating truck hijackings in the first film, a money-laundering operation in the second, and a drug lord in the latest.
His Career: In 2005, Walker failed to rev audiences’ engines with the box office bomb Into the Blue. A year later, however, he redeemed himself with a family-friendly hit (Eight Below) and a prestige picture (Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers).

Michelle Rodriguez
Her Character: Letty Ortiz, a street racer linked to Dominic in the first film and targeted by drug runners in this one.
Her Career: After the original Furious, Rodriguez played tough, sexy, no-nonsense roles in vehicles like Blue Crush, S.W.A.T., and TV’s Lost, and earned more than a little star cred along the way. Lately, though, her real-life vehicular infractions — DUI’s followed by jail time — have overshadowed her career.

Jordana Brewster
Her Character: Mia Toretto, Dominic’s sister, who romanced Brian in The Fast and the Furious and is forced to protect her fugitive brother from prying cops in Fast & Furious.
Her Career: Brewster flirted with indies following The Fast and the Furious, appearing in films such as 2004’s D.E.B.S. She found success with 2006’s horror prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and landed a recurring role on NBC’s Chuck.

Fast and Furious (2009)

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 100 minutes
  • Justin Lin