A SIX-MINUTE video showing the stars of the movie Fast & Furious 6 astounded by car prices in Singapore has been shared rapidly around the world.
The clip showing actors Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano and Luke Evans trying to guess how much cars cost here is now one of the highest-viewed on online television service RazorTV (www.razor.tv).
Life! journalist John Lui interviewed the cast in Manila on May 15, where they were promoting the movie.
He decided to devote part of the interview to the car price quiz, given the movie series' heavy use of fast vehicles and long chase scenes.
The stars were told about Singapore's restrictions on car ownership and were asked to guess the prices of cars such as the Honda Accord 2.4 litre sedan, the Nissan 1.6 litre sedan, the Toyota Prius and the BMW 6 series coupe.
All were astonished at the prices and failed to name high enough figures that came close to the real prices. Said Mr Lui: "The actors were such good sports. They got into the game show spirit of it quickly. Their amazed reactions made the clip fun to watch."
Rodriguez guessed that a Nissan Sylphy 1.6 litre car cost US$40,000 here. After learning that it cost closer to US$90,000 (S$109,000, with a guaranteed certificate of entitlement), her jaw dropped.
Likewise, Vin Diesel was amazed to learn that the hybrid-engine Toyota Prius - a popular car in eco-conscious Hollywood - cost US$154,000 (S$185,000, with COE). His guess was US$50,000.
As of noon yesterday, more than 250,000 views were logged on the pages of The Straits Times' reader engagement site, ST Communities (stcommunities.straitstimes.com), which promoted the story along with the video.
This beat the previous most popular story on ST Communities, of how hundreds turned up to bid a final farewell to the late Huang Wenyong, Singapore's first TV drama star. That saw 198,586 page views and was published on April 24.
More than 120 comments have also been posted on ST Communities about the car quiz story, setting a record for the site since its launch six months ago.
It is estimated that one in four Twitter followers of The Straits Times and ST Communities retweeted the link, leading to about 54,000 retweets.