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NEWS >POLITICS > TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR NEXT INSTALMENT OF THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS FRANCHISE

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TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR NEXT INSTALMENT OF THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS FRANCHISE

September 30 2011

Washington, D.C. – When it premiered in 2001 most people dismissed ‘The Fast and the Furious’ as just another silly action movie, a flick that would quickly be forgotten in the realm of silly movies. However, it was a smash and now ten years later and five movies into the franchise it’s only getting bigger.the fast and the furious

A good investment, no doubt, for everyone involved except for the American taxpayer.

According to a new report, the now massive franchise has been underwritten by the American public in the form of taxes in a controversial agreement with Universal Pictures, one that many Americans simply aren’t able to afford in today’s economy.

While it’s believed that a percentage of the profits do come back to the tax-paying public, Hollywood’s creative accounting procedures has resulted in the franchise actually losing money, meaning that ordinary Americans may not have made a dime on the movies.

“Hollywood and Washington have always been closely connected, the two have even participated financially before, but never to this degree. I have never heard of another film franchise being fully financed by tax-payers and I’m sure that this one won’t go over too well, at least not by non-fans,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I mean the series has been a huge hit and it’s possible that it would not be around if the tax money wasn’t used, but let’s face it, not everyone is a fan of the series and they should have to pay for it.”fast furious

The first film was released in the summer of 2001 and was likely authorized by the Clinton Presidency. Clinton himself has often stated his affection for the acting skills of Paul Walker. George W. Bush has apparently seen all of Vin Diesel’s movies.

“In the big picture, these movies aren’t that big of a deal. The latest movie cost a good deal of money but it’s still just a drop in the bucket compared to the overall economy. Keep in mind that movies also help employ a lot of people, not just in the production but also during their release. They are long term earners, but still the government should be getting a good cut,” continued Kinsey. “In today’s environment spending this kind of money of make work projects has become pretty standard, but that doesn’t mean that it will be a popular or long term project that people will accept.” vin diesel paul walker

Rick Perry, an occasional front runner for the Republican nomination, is a big fan of Texas native Michelle Rodriguez whose character was killed in the 2009 instalment of the franchise, which doesn’t bold well for future financing should he become President.

“It’s great that these movies have been successful, but I don’t think that ordinary Americans will a appreciate their money being used like this without a direct return, no matter how small a percentage of their dollars are being used. That is even more the case for non-fans, not that there are that many of those,” continued Kinsey. “I mean the franchise is huge now, surprisingly, and that fan base will certainly help negate the argument against future financing, but we will have to see.”

The next instalment is due to be released in 2013.

Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent
NEWS >POLITICS > TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR NEXT INSTALMENT OF THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS FRANCHISE

Editor’s note: The Fast and the Furious that has been financed by taxpayers is not the series of films but rather the selling of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Apologies for the error.

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