By now it’s not a surprise that Paul Walker’s death has forever changed the Fast And Furious franchise. Walker’s sudden death back in November not only halted production, but it put a pause on life for his co-stars, especially Vin Diesel, who he shared the screen with over the last twelve years of the franchise.
What became the largest insurance claim in the history of cinema, also became the most covered production too as fans of the series were waiting to see what Universal Studios would do with the existing footage Paul Walker had shot prior to his death.
As we all know, the production made the difficult decision of going on and wrapping up Walker’s story in a respectable way by using his brothers Cody and Caleb Walker as stand-ins. Although the crew was excited to have Paul’s brothers on set, it wasn’t an easy task as Walker’s face had to be CGI’d onto their bodies for missing shots.
It was a trying time for everyone, but especially Diesel who had a difficult time coming to terms with how different shooting was without Paul. Now that filming has wrapped, Vin has come forward to discuss just how difficult finishing Fast And Furious 7 was.
While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin told Access Hollywood:
“It was, needless to say, the hardest movie I’ve ever done. I remember when the tragedy happened, my mother said to me, ‘It’s not fair that you have to mourn in front of the world.”
As we reported, Vin Diesel had thrown “tantrums” on set as the crew tried to finish the job they set out to accomplish, even in the wake of Paul Walker’s death.
“Vin spent a whole day in his trailer one day. The next day, they waited four hours for him. He called a meeting [last month] of studio execs to his trailer for two-and-a-half hours to say, ‘What the f**k am I doing here?’”
After the report, Diesel took to Facebook to address his behavior on set. His Facebook has acted as a constant tribute and venting space since Walker’s death.
“He always knew I would fight for him… whether it was to protect his deal or to protect his integrity… and he knew that if it made for a better film, I was going to do whatever it took… it is why together, we won best duo… twice, 12 years apart.”
In his interview with Access Hollywood, Diesel continued to speak about the difficulties he faced on set without his dear friend.
“What’s even harder is to mourn and simultaneously that the person is next to you, so every time you turn to whoever’s sitting in that chair you see not Paul. It’s very, very weird.”
[Image via Universal Studios]