Spiro Razatos on The Stunts Behind F9: The Fast Saga [Exclusive Interview]

F9 Stunts Coordinated by Spiro Razatos

F9 Stunts Coordinated by Spiro Razatos

The Fast and Furious franchise over the years presents itself with unbelievable eye-popping stunts with people and cars. All these stunts and destruction take careful planning and preparation. With F9, the film raises the bar to be more over the top than its previous films. That’s when stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos comes into the project.

Razatos being a stuntman and stunt coordinator for over four decades, has the experience to pull any stunts requested by director Justin Lin on this project. It also helps that he is a stunt coordinator for the past five films of the Fast and Furious franchise since Fast Five in 2011.

Here’s the official synopsis of F9: The Fast Saga:

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot.

Franchise veteran Justin Lin returns to the director’s seat fo F9 from the screenplay written by Daniel Casey and Lin. The rest of the cast includes Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Finn Cole, Sung Kang, Anna Sawai, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with second unit director and stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos on the backlot of Universal Studios for the extended-release of F9. We talked about the stunt demands and how they pulled off the runaway tank caravan scene in the movie.

Spiro Razatos is a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and director who performed stunts in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Insurrection. He received a nomination for a Taurus World Stunt Award in 2002 for the best stunt coordination in 3000 Miles to Graceland) and for 7 Stuntman Awards that included the best fight sequence in Tuff Turf in 1986. He won a Taurus Award for best stunt coordination for Bad Boys II and 3 Stuntman Awards. He has a long stunt resume in films that include Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Back to the Future, Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987’s Robocop, Relentless, Darkman, Batman Returns, and many more.

F9 is available with two versions of the movie with the theatrical cut and the extended director’s cut. There is more all-new bonus content.

It is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Tuesday, September 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is already available digitally today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Spiro Razatos below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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