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'Fast & Furious 7'

Racing Scene SCRAPPED

We Can't Tolerate Another Death

7/11/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A critical scene for the upcoming "Fast & Furious 7" came to a screeching halt Thursday ... after studio suits pulled the plug because it was just too dangerous ... too risky.

Sources connected with the production tell TMZ ... the shoot was being prepped at the Willow Springs International Raceway near Palmdale -- 45 minutes from where Paul Walker tragically died.

Members of the crew tell TMZ ... producers brought in drivers who are "authentic street racers" for the scene, where a souped-up yellow Chevelle races another car and dramatically pops a wheelie, as bystanders stand right by the track and cheer.  A similar scene appeared in the first F&F.

The scene was being prepped for several days. Vin Diesel and other stars were there.   But just before filming, we're told the suits from Universal abruptly cancelled the shoot, saying it was too dangerous.

Someone who was at the track tells TMZ ... a person from the production told some staffers they couldn't get the proper insurance to shoot the race.

But the word circulating among the staff is that they are extremely cautious because of what happened to the star of their movie.  They believe a second crash -- even though Paul's was not film-related -- could jeopardize the entire franchise.

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1.

funkybarfly    

I blame Justin Bieber and to a lesser extent Tracy Morgan.

106 days ago
2.

Trapt605    

Looks like a dart to me not a ****ing chevelle

106 days ago
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msgg    

R.i.p Paul. But they should be cautious yet live their life, accidents and deaths are inevitable. But its understood why they are careful.

106 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Publicity stunt. And those are cheap junkyard cars. $1000 a piece. NEXT!

106 days ago
5.

Chris    

Too dangerous... ya think???

106 days ago
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I just wanted to comment    

But the franchise began with races....

106 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

I will say to film producers what I have said to tv war correspondents: I have zero interest in seeing anyone lose their life in pursuit of something that is supposedly meant to entertain me while I sit safely in a theater seat or a recline in my living room.

106 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Paul Walker this, Paul Walker that... lol, funny how big a deal it is when a white man dies, a white man who ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF OTHERS! Truth.

106 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

"Bullitt"....one of the most memorable car chases/races ever. Nobody got killed. "French Connection"...another daring and exciting car chase where nobody got killed.

106 days ago
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Thirstee    

Isnt that why the Nascar set watches? For explosions & Possible crashes

106 days ago
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DiM    

All of these car racing films are dumber than balls. If a car chase goes on for longer than 6/7 minutes during any movie, I just want to fall asleep.

106 days ago
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shakedoggy    

a 2nd high profile, high paid actor crashing would jeopardize the franchise butt not 2000 impressionable young copycat fans wrapping their cars around trees? "eye cee" said the blind, illiterate, stoopid man.

106 days ago
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celtics34    

Chevelle ?? Try again Do you guys do any research at all

106 days ago
14.

mark read    

umm thats a Nova not a Chevelle

106 days ago
15.

nusse    

Good Lord stop being so over dramatic. People are uch ******* these days.

106 days ago
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