Vin Diesel is currently doing the round promoting Furious 7, the latest instalment to the Fast and Furious franchise. Diesel is also taking this opportunity to both mourn and celebrate the life of his co-star throughout the series Paul Walker, who died during filming. Diesel even recalled his final, haunting conversation with the actor.
During his interview with Variety, Vin Diesel revealed how his final interaction with Walker came just after he’d shot a dangerous and emotional scene for Furious 7.
In this scene, Diesel’s character Dom Toretto had to appear lifeless after he performed a “semi-kamikaze” stunt to save his friends, following which Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner is one of the many who rushes over to try and revive Dom.
After filming the scene, Diesel immediately started to think about his own mortality and his death, even asking himself, “What would happen to Paul Walker if I died?”
Overcome with these thoughts and feelings, Diesel decided to visit Paul Walker’s trailer so he could talk through them with his pal.
This led Diesel to tell Walker, “If I do die, let them know what kind of brother I’ve been to you.”
At this point, Walker and Diesel shared a hug, and then the Guardians of the Galaxy star exited the trailer, not realizing that this would be the final time he’d ever see Walker alive again.
Just a few days later, on November 30, 2013, Paul Walker died in a car crash. Diesel was shell-shocked and became an emotional wreck after learning of Walker’s untimely passing.
In fact, he’s now admitted that there were times when he wasn’t even sure he could continue making Furious 7 without Paul Walker. Diesel confessed that he wouldn’t even leave his home, and even after the production took a four-week break from Furious 7 to write out Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner in a respectful manner, Diesel wasn’t sure that he would return to the film.
However, he finally convinced himself to get back to work after considering what Paul Walker would have wanted him to do.
“I thought what Paul would really want me to do was finish it,” Diesel explained. “So that’s what I did.”
Paul Walker’s final scenes in Furious 7 were completed thanks to the help of Weta Studios, CGI, and his two brothers, Caleb and Cody, as well as actor John Brotherton, all of whom were used as his body doubles.
Furious 7 will hit cinemas on April 3, and early reviews suggest that it’s the most powerful, exhilarating, and emotional instalment of the series yet.
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