When I look at these Movies nowadays with big action scenes, lots of big car chases and of course the total destruction that follows, I cringe…but yes I do enjoy them, maybe not as much as my horror flicks, but I quite often watch them, especially when my hubby and I are into cars.
I myself love cars, especially old muscle cars and love these kinds of Movies, such as XXX with Vin Diesel (yummy !) and Bad Boys starring Will Smith, but the poor cars, these beautiful machines they destroy…all for a few seconds of pleasure. It makes me want to cry !
These Movies tend to draw in the crowds at the Box Office and do end up making everyone lots of money, but what happens to these battered and broken cars at the end of filming ?
Do these Movie big-wigs ever think of the environmental side of smashing up loads of cars and disposing of the crumpled pile of metal when everything is over ?
I would love to know if they actually use the true cars in the crash scenes or are they just kit cars or specially (cheaply) constructed fakes that they destroy. I have heard that some Movies use a cheap chassis with the correct vehicle shell, which they then adapt and modify to do stunts or of course to blow up etc.
But other ones such as the Bond Movies use freebie cars from the likes of Aston Martin. In Casino Royale, the scene where Bond (Daniel Craig) flips the Aston along the road before being captured and tortured by Le Chiffre, they totalled 3 of these beauties and they weren’t cheap mock ups either. They were the real deal. The sacrifices car manufacturers make for advertising in movies…
Aston Martin’s received a battering for Casino Royale
Here are the Movies that have possibly wrecked the most vehicles while filming.
G.I.Joe just smashed the record of the most cars wrecked in the making of a Movie. They destroyed 112 while making this below par Film.
G.I.Joe Pileup (the making of it anyway)
Blues Brothers 2000
This was the original record holder until G.I.Joe came along, with 103 cars, mainly Police Vehicles wrecked in one massive pile up.
Gone in 60 seconds (1974)
A 40 minute chase scene in this Classic Movie results in 93 cars wrecked.
Bad Boys II
Not 100% sure, but I counted over 20 cars and a boat wrecked in just 4 minutes of this Movie, now that is a lot in a short time !!
Bad Boys II , the boys dodging falling cars
Around 20 + vehicles were crashed, rolled and blown up, including cars, vans, buses, trucks and Motorbikes in this domino effect crash scene.
Final Destination 2 Crash scene
Dukes of Hazard
Dukes of Hazard wrecked 27 Chargers doing these kinds of stunt jumps while filming and cast members suggest somewhere around 250 cars altogether were totalled.
The Matrix Reloaded
The rumour mill has it that GM donated 300 cars and that all of these were wrecked by the end of filming, but not sure how true this is, as the consensus seems to be that G.I.Joe holds the title…and of course how many were actually Blown up rather than crashed??
The Matrix Reloaded (Freeway scene)
A total of 14 cars were wrecked during the filming of Mad Max, most of these were decommissioned Police vehicles that were heavily modified. But there was only every 1 Interceptor built for this Movie.
Sources have reported that they destroyed 12, 1958 Fury’s in the making of the film Christine.
And last of all a Movie due out 2011…
Looks like there could be a new contender for the title of Movies that Blew up the Most Cars in the Making. Not sure how many they have destroyed so far, but this looks a lot!!
Wonder how many city car’s were in amongst these trashed vehicles? But I bet they never use any electric vehicles to smash up, cos that would just be downright dangerous. Demon Chick xx