The Fast and the Furious isn't just a macho action-thriller about speedy autos and the hunky men who drive them. And that was bad news for star Paul Walker who plays an undercover cop romancing Jordana Brewster in the flick (skidding into theaters Friday).
"I had to do a love scene with Jordana [and] she was dating Mark Wahlberg at the time," he tells TV Guide Online. "And there was a rumor that he wanted to be on the set the day Jordana and I locked lips. I kept looking around to see if he was there. I admit I was a little nervous, but it was cool: Mark never appeared and Jordana was a complete sweetheart. The only downside was hearing the crew snickering while we were trying to get it on."Walker felt a little more comfortable cozying up to the film's other stars the cars. "I grew up around them," says the 27-year-old Varsity Blues actor, whose Fast character is investigating the dark side of drag racing. "My grandfather used to race, so I was brought up on souped-up Fords and Chevys. I've always been into what's under the hood." Walker admits that the carefully planned racing stunts in the movie don't quite match the real-life adrenaline rush he's been getting on a race track near Los Angeles. "I wasn't that familiar with imported cars before I did this film, but now I've actually bought one myself," he says. "I had to import it it's like the Ferrari of Japanese cars. I've been racing on a drag-strip in Palmdale and I've won every time. It's a great feeling. I've been up to 160 or 170 mph!"