Dominic Toretto

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Dominic Toretto
The Fast and the Furious character
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Dominic Toretto in the Fast Five theatrical trailer.
First appearance The Fast and the Furious[1]
Created by Gary Scott Thompson
Portrayed by Vin Diesel
Information
Nickname(s) Dom
Gender Male
Occupation Street racer
Mechanic
Ex-convict
Small Business Owner
Family Mia Toretto (sister)
Jack Toretto-O'Conner (nephew)
Significant other(s) Elena Neves (ex-girlfriend)
Leticia Ortiz (girlfriend)
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Affiliation

Crew members:

Dominic Toretto is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of The Fast and the Furious series. He is portrayed by Vin Diesel and was created by screenwriter Gary Scott Thompson. Dom is introduced in the first film of the series The Fast and the Furious (2001).[2] He later appears in Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011),[3] Fast & Furious 6 (2013), and Fast and Furious 7 (2015), as well as the short film Los Bandoleros (2009) and a cameo role at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

The role put Diesel on Hollywood's A-list, and won him the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team with Paul Walker.[2] Diesel's portrayal of the character has been given much of the credit for the longevity of The Fast and the Furious film series, and the actor has become strongly identified with the character.[4]

Development[edit]

The Fast and the Furious film series was inspired by an article on street racing, "Racer X", that appeared in the May 1998 issue of Vibe magazine.[5] Having witnessed his father's death in a stock car race, Dominic is left with the responsibility of watching his younger sister, Mia Toretto, and leading the racers dependent on him.[6] Vin Diesel was reportedly paid $2.5 million to star as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious and $15 million to star in and produce Fast Five.[2] [7]

Appearances[edit]

Dominic Toretto is an Italian American elite street racer, auto mechanic, and ex-convict. The character is the brother of Mia Toretto and love interest Leticia "Letty" Ortiz. Throughout the series, Dominic's crew has perpetrated many high-speed semi hijackings, stealing millions of dollars in merchandise. He has spent most of his life running from the law.

In The Fast and the Furious, Dominic runs his own automotive garage while Mia takes care of the family's grocery store in Echo Park. He also runs his own street race team, which consists of Letty, Vince, Leon, and Jesse. Dominic has bad blood with Vietnamese-American rival Johnny Tran due to a business deal that went sour and Tran catching Dominic sleeping with his sister. Unknown to the public, he and his team drive black Honda Civic coupes and stage daring semi hijackings on the freeways, taking home millions of dollars in electronic appliances. He forms a friendship with rookie racer Brian Earl Spilner, who saves him from arrest when the LAPD raid a street race gathering. During the Race Wars Johnny Tran blames Dominic the SWAT forces came into his house causing his family to disrespected him for being narced out by Brian causing Dominic to attack him and is promptly lead away by Vince who then tells him to chill out. During a hijacking job gone wrong, Dominic discovers Brian's true identity as undercover LAPD officer named Brian O'Conner. Following a drag race that ends with Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger getting totalled, Brian hands him the keys to his Toyota Supra, allowing him to escape and flee to Mexico.

In The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dominic makes a cameo appearance at the end of the film by challenging Sean Boswell in a drift race with his gun metal silver 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which he won from his late friend Han.

In Los Bandoleros, Dominic recruits Han Seoul-Oh, Rico Santos, and Tego Leo to help him complete a job that is seen in the beginning of Fast & Furious.

In Fast & Furious, Dominic, Letty, and their gang lead a successful hijacking of a gasoline tanker in the Dominican Republic, but he shortly abandons them to keep the authorities away from them. Dominic returns to L.A. upon hearing of the death of Letty at the hands of Fenix Calderon. He and Brian once again team up to take down Mexican drug dealer Arturo Braga, who had ordered Letty's execution following a drug run. He later finds out it was Brian was the last person who contact Letty this enrages him and beats Brian before he could explain to him that Letty came for him for clearing his name so Dominic could return to Los Angeles. After successfully extraditing Braga back to the U.S., Dominic turns himself in to the authorities and is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. However, the bus carrying Dominic is ambushed by Brian, Mia, Rico and Tego; once Dominic is sprung out of the bus wreckage, the group flees out of the U.S. as fugitives.

In Fast Five, Dominic reunites with Brian, Mia and Vince in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They get involved in a dangerous crossfire with drug lord Hernan Reyes, who has them framed for the murder of three DEA agents during a drug run on a train. As a means to get even on Reyes, Dominic and Brian form a team with Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, Han, Gisele Yashar, Rigo and Tego to stage a bank heist and steal Reyes' stash of US$100 million in cash. Elite bounty hunter and DSS federal agent Luke Hobbs is sent to Brazil to hunt down and capture Dominic and his gang, but when he is ambushed by Reyes' men, he forms an unlikely alliance with Dominic and helps the gang execute their heist. After killing Reyes, Hobbs allows Dominic and his gang to leave Brazil with their stash. Hobbs' partner Elena Neves also leaves the force and becomes Dominic's new love interest.

In Fast & Furious 6, Dominic once again encounters Hobbs, who offers him a job to help him hunt down mercenary Owen Shaw and his crime syndicate, revealing that Letty is alive meaning Fenix must have failed to killed her and is working for Shaw. Dominic and Brian reassemble their gang (minus Rico and Tego, whom both are in Monaco) in London for this mission in exchange for a full pardon on all parties and Letty's safe return. During the chase, Dominic is shot by Letty, and later on discovers that she is suffering from amnesia as a result of the explosion that nearly killed her in Fast & Furious. He saves her from falling to her death while the gang stops Shaw aboard a military tank on a bridge in Spain. Shaw, however, reveals his backup plan of kidnapping Mia and using her as leverage for his release and the handing of the top-secret microchip that was removed from the tank. Despite the death of Gisele, Dominic and his gang kill Shaw and his men while saving Mia and the microchip in a daring chase at a NATO military airfield. Hobbs grants their pardons, and Dominic and his gang move back to his home in L.A. Seeing Dominic and Letty back together for good, Elena bids him farewell and returns to working with Hobbs. In a post credit scene, a man related to Owen Shaw kills Han in Tokyo and calls Dom with a threatening message.

Characterization[edit]

Dominic has been described as "a gruff but affectionate father to his loyal pack of renegades, providing them with barbecue, protection, and a rough moral code to live by."[8] Vin Diesel has described Dominic as "a character who is strong, who is a caretaker.".[2] In contrast to Brian's estranged relationship with his father, Dominic is shown to "put family first" and be very protective of Mia. He is also implied to be religious, insisting that all members in a dinner table say grace and that the first person to take a bite must bless the meal.

In The Fast and the Furious, Dominic's violent behavior stems from a traumatic incident during his teenage years, when his father, a stock car racer, was killed in a race after a driver named Kenny Linder accidentally sent him to the wall at 120 mph. Enraged by his father's death, Dominic attacked Linder a week later with a torque wrench and left him hospitalized with severe head injuries. Dominic served time in juvenile hall and was banned from racing for the assault. He nearly replicates the action while fighting Hobbs in Fast Five, only to miss Hobbs' head by an inch when Mia begs him to stop.

In Fast Five, Dominic recalls the influence his father had on him. After helping Mia with her homework everyday and sending her to bed, he would stay up late reading the next chapter, to make sure he could help her the next day. On Sundays, the family would attend Church and host a barbecue for the neighborhood; those who did not attend Church would not get any barbecue.

Cars[edit]

Dominic's Charger[edit]

In three of the films, Dom drives his deceased father's black 1970 Dodge Charger.[9] In the first film, Dom tells Brian that he and his father built the 900 horsepower car, but that he had never driven it, because it "scares the shit out of [him]."[10] Dom uses it to help Brian by attacking one of Tran's henchmen. He later races Brian's Supra with it; however, he totals it when he collides with a truck.

In Fast & Furious he sees that Letty has rebuilt it for him, as she was hoping that he would return to the United States. Later in the film, Dom takes it to Mexico and shields Brian's car with it, but destroys it by running into a stack of propane canisters in the tunnels. In the final scene of the film, Brian is shown to have rebuilt it, and Dom recognizes the sound of the engine while riding in a prison bus. In Fast Five, it is shown that Brian brakes in front of the bus, causing the bus to collide with it and flip. Dom uses it throughout the film to win cars to test for their vault heist. Meanwhile, Hobbs uses it to track the location of Dom's gang by having his men check camera feeds for a 1970 Charger. When Hobbs comes to arrest Dom, he crashes his Gurkha F5 into his Charger, cutting it in half, which triggers a fight between the pair.

The car goes through some changes. In the first film, it is silver trimmed, while in the fourth film it is black trimmed, with an extra grill cover. In the fifth film it is matte black, with black wheels and the intake removed. The car has been in a series of promotions: Car Town offered the versions from both the first and fifth films, while Mafia Wars offered the first.

In Fast & Furious 6, Dom gives his nephew Jack a diecast replica of his black Charger, hoping to keep him away from Brian's habits of favoring imports. Later in the film, Dom drives a blood red customised Dodge Charger Daytona, which is acquired by Tej Parker at a car auction in London. While it is not the same car as his signature black Charger, it is a direct nod to The Charger.

Car list[edit]

Film Car[9][11][12]
The Fast and the Furious 98 Mazda RX-7
95 Honda Civic
70 Dodge Charger R/T
94 Toyota Supra
70 Chevrolet Chevelle (Post credits)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
70 Plymouth Road Runner
Los Bandoleros
66 Pontiac Bonneville
Fast & Furious 87 Buick GNX[13]
70 Chevrolet Chevelle
09 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
70 Dodge Charger R/T
73 Chevrolet Camaro F-Bomb
Fast Five 70 Dodge Charger R/T
63 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Grand Sport[14]
11 Dodge Charger R/T Police Car
10 Dodge Charger SRT8
09 Dodge Challenger SRT8
Fast & Furious 6 09 Dodge Challenger SRT8
10 BMW E60 M5
69 Dodge Charger Daytona
13 Dodge Charger SRT8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fast Five premiere". Los Angeles Times. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Krulik, Nancy (2002). Vin Diesel: Fueled For Success. Simon & Schuster. p. 78. ISBN 0-689-85982-1. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Fast Five Carjacks the Box Office with a Furious $83.6 Million". Time Magazine. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^ Ditzian, Eric (2011-05-02). "Why 'Fast Five' Dominates Box Office A Decade After Franchise Debut". MTV. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  5. ^ Robin, Michael (2002). Vin Diesel xxxposed. Simon and Schuster. pp. 75–78. ISBN 978-0-7434-7085-8. 
  6. ^ Grewen, David (2009). Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. University of Texas Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-292-71987-3. 
  7. ^ "Hollywood's Top 40". Vanity Fair. March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  8. ^ Stevens, Dana (2011-04-29). "Fast Five reviewed: a tenderhearted family drama starring Vin Diesel.". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ a b Palmer, Kris (2006). The Fast and the Furious: The Official Car Guide. MotorBooks. pp. 26, 14, 90, etc. ISBN 978-0-7603-2568-1. 
  10. ^ Huffman, John. "Driving the 1969 Dodge Charger From Fast Five:Behind the Wheel of Dominic Toretto's Menacing Coupe". Home>Articles<Car Features. Edmunds insideline.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Simona (9 August 2006). "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – cars". TopSpeed. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Staff, Insideline. "Fast Five: The Fast and the Furious 5 Movie Cars". Home>Cars. Edmunds insideline.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  13. ^ McCarthy, Dennis. "Fast & Furious Cars: 1987 Buick Grand National GNX". Home>Articles>Car Features. Edmunds insideline.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Huffman, John. "Driving the Fast Five 1963 Corvette Grand Sport and Video: Behind the Wheel of a Fabulous Fake". Home>Articles>Car Features. Edmunds Inside Line. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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