Nov 4, 12:05 AM EDT
AP Associated Pest
El Paso County Sheriff's Office linked to Fast and Furious
Vin Diesel and Sheriff Wiles Seen at Party
By TOCAYO TRIFT
AP Film Writer
El Paso (AP) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office was among several local law enforcement agencies that was asked to aid in the making of various films in the “Fast and the Furious” film series. These new allegations have surprised both El Paso's film critics and non-critics alike spurring both parties to plead “please no more 'Fast and Furious' movies!”
The “Fast and the Furious” franchise started in 2001 with the original “The Fast and The Furious,” not to be confused with “Fast & Furious” (2009) or the forthcoming “Fast/Furious” (coming in 2013) or “Fast-Furious” (coming in 2014), or “Fast (i.e. Furious)”(coming in 2015).
|Left, Vin Diesel ("The Fast") and Right, Sheriff Richard Wiles ("The Furious")|
This series of films was marked with significant bad acting and terrible plots. Sources report that DVDs of the various “Fast and the Furious” movies were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico.
However, Sheriff Richard Wiles says that his office only supported the making of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006) and not any other film in the franchise. Regarding the smuggling of the franchise movies into Mexico, Wiles stated that his office is “not the Mexican border patrol.”
Since its inception, the injection of “Fast and the Furious” movies into the Mexican economy has had great repercussions. “Imagine, Mexican kids trying to imitate Vin Diesel's acting skills,” stated Mexican President Felipe Calderon, “we want are kids to learn from the masters of playing Mexicans like Charleston Heston, Natalie Wood, Jennifer Lopez, and El Paso City Representative Steve Ortega.”
Wiles said he will not get into the film criticism on the films and said his office will continue assisting with the production of more “Fast and Furious” movies.
The ATF also known as the Bureau of Atrocious and Terrible Films first introduced Vin Diesel films into Mexico hoping to stop the import of excellent Mexican films into the US especially by noted Mexican directors such as Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday that he just remembered Mexicans and Mexico existed, and he plans to question Vin Diesel regarding the film-walking operations with Texas connections.
Last year, the El Paso Film Police found stash of films including “The Fast and The Furious” (2001), “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006), “Fast & Furious” (2009), “Fast Five” (2011), and “Fast & Furious 6” (2013) in a West El Paso home reputed to belong to El Paso City Representative Cortney Niland.