One of the biggest fight scenes takes place between two powerhouse women, Gina Carano (who plays the cop Riley) and Michelle Rodriguez (who plays Letty Ortiz). Diesel and other cast members had to start personal fitness programs months before filming, which also continued through production. However, Carano, who pioneered the way for women in MMA competitive fighting, just maintained her usual regimen and concentrated on the choreography for the girl power-packed fight. The scene has no visual effects; it’s 100 percent practical fighting. (See a sneak peak here.)
Johnson is also enthusiastic about his co-star, “Gina is everything that Riley is. Not only is she beautiful, but she can kick ass. She brings an authenticity to that role that is hard to find in Hollywood.”
Gal Gadot (who plays Gisele Harabo) was first introduced to audiences in "Fast & Furious" as a top lieutenant in Braga’s (played once again in this film by John Ortiz) organization who aligns with Dom when Braga forsakes her to save himself.
The Israeli actress amped up the action for this film, completing many of her own stunts in "Fast and Furious 6," including riding a Ducati Monster motorcycle like a pro.
Elsa Pataky’s (pictured above) power came more from the emotional, rather than physical, challenges her character had to endure. Her character, Elena Neves, is in love with Dom Toretto (Diesel). With the reappearance of Letty (Rodriguez), who was Dom’s former love, she must determine what is the right thing to do -- fight for Dom, or let him go.
“Elena would rather Dom stay with her,” Pataky said. “But as long as there is any possibility Letty is alive, Elena knows that she has to be brave and let Dom figure it out.”
In addition to Rodriguez, Pataky, Gadot and newcomer Carano, moviegoers will see fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, joined by another badass series newcomer, Luke Evans.
Gal Gadot interjected: “And she's damn creative. Oh my God, don't mess with her.”
Gina concluded: “Thank you. No, but Olivier was amazing, and he not only invited me to be more creative, but he also taught me things and taught me things about my character who is a cop. And mixed martial arts is, you know, that’s a certain aspect of training, but there's a lot that you don't train for in a cage that you train for in being a cop.”