Fast & Furious & Latin

It’s almost law: If a certain fuel-injected movie franchise is in theaters, Latinos are first in line to see it. No wonder that the popular series’ filmmakers have stocked it (Fast & Furious 6 races into theaters this Memorial Day) with all things us — from our hottest stars to our hottest music (there will be Pitbull club bangers!). Here’s your primer:

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The Players

Michelle Rodriguez

She’s baaaack! The Dominican and Puerto Rican badass returns from the dead (having miraculously survived a horrible car accident and bullet to the chest in the fourth installment) as Letty Ortiz, car thief and former flame of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). She switches sides as a member of the Europe-based mercenary collective targeted by Dom’s crew.

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Jordana Brewster

The Brazilian bombshell adds a touch of feminine sensibility to the testosterone-filled franchise. As Mia, Dom’s sister, she locks lips with hottie Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker).

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Elsa Pataky: The Barcelona-bred beauty jumped on board as Elena Neves, a Brazilian cop and Dom’s new love interest, in Fast 5. Expect fireworks when Pataky and Dom’s ex, Letty (Rodriguez), are in the same scene in Fast & Furious 6.

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Eva Mendes

As undercover U.S. customs agent Monica Fuentes, the Cuban American actress brings down Argentinean drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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Tego Calderon and Don Omar

Even though both reggaetoneros do and say little on film, they do aid Dom’s prison break in the franchise’s fourth go-round. Bonus: their characters have easy-to-remember names — Lego Tego and Omar Santos.

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John Ortiz

Ortiz first appears as Ramos Campos, an underling of drug lord Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious. But there’s a twist: It’s later revealed that Campos is Braga.

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Laz Alonso

As Fenix Calderon, one of Braga’s henchmen, the Cuban American actor kills Letty (or so he thinks).

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Amaury Nolasco

The Puerto Rican hunk is juicy as… wait for it… Orange Julius in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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The Locales

Dominican Republic/Panama

Installment four’s opening scene finds Dom and his crew hijacking a fuel tanker on a dirt road highway in DR. Once Dom suspects he has too much heat on him, he bolts for Panama City to lie low.

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Rio de Janeiro

Fast 5 takes place entirely in Brazil. One of the highest-octane scenes involves Brain and Mia jumping from favela rooftops as they evade henchmen of drug lord Hernan Reyes (Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida).

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Baja California, Mexico

After the credits roll in the first flick, Dom escapes the law by driving a red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS into the Mexican sunset.

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The Beats

Don Omar

The urban music virtuoso contributed several of his megahits to the franchise’s soundtracks — “Danza Kuduro,” “Virtual Diva,” “Conteo,” and more.

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The Cuban American party starter pumped his usual dose of “Dale!” into “Blanco” featuring Pharrell and “Bad Girls” featuring Robin Thicke.

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Tego Calderon

El Abayarde gets an assist from Pit on this suggestively titled club banger, “You Slip, She Grip,” off of Fast & Furious’ soundtrack.

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Fat Joe

The Puerto Rican and Cuban MC gets touched by the holy hip-hop ghost on the 2Pac-inspired “We Ridin’.”

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Juelz Santana

The Dominican and African American artist’s whistle brings all the girls to the yard in “There It Go (The Whistle Song)” — the only Latino influence in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.