Tyrese Gibson honored Paul Walker, his longtime friend and former co-star, with a recent post via social media.
The Furious 7 actor shared a picture of the two actors alongside one another on his official Instagram page on Saturday. Based on the setting of the photograph, it seems as if Walker and Gibson were on set together when the moment was snapped on camera.
Instead of a lengthy and well-worded tribute, Tyrese honored Paul Walker’s memory by posting a simple yet profound statement as the photo caption – a statement undoubtedly speaks volumes to Paul Walker’s fans around the world.
“This is always a very rough week for us.”
Tyrese did not specify who he meant by “us” in his photo caption when honoring Paul Walker. However, most of his followers and fans more than likely believed that “us” represented everyone affected by Paul’s tragic death – which took place nearly three years ago. He could have been addressing the Fast and Furious core cast members who were filming the franchise’s seventh installment at the time. Tyrese could have also been reaching out to the fans, followers, and critics of Paul Walker that were affected by the tragedy as well.
Paul Walker passed away in a fatal high-speed car crash involving himself and a longtime friend who was behind the wheel at the time. Perhaps this photo of Paul and Tyrese reminded fans of the fact that Walker passed away in late November 2013. Recognizing the star’s face and trademark smile in a photo or movie almost immediately reminds a lot of people of the fact that he passed away – similar to how the appearances of the CGI version of Paul Walker in Furious 7 provided the same grim reminder.
20 minutes in to Furious 7 and chill and CGI Paul Walker gives you this look pic.twitter.com/PEAQCZLGz8
— Dave Brain (@Ornsack) January 2, 2016
Fast And Furious 7″: Das sind die Szenen, in denen Paul Walker durch CGI ersetzt wurde pic.twitter.com/HXFj0ranY4
— Game Shaker Forever (@_Haschaksisters) November 16, 2015
In the years that have passed since Paul’s death, Tyrese has honored his longtime friend’s memory numerous times on social media and in live interviews. Footage of an emotionally overwhelmed Tyrese Gibson visiting the crash site is still circulating online along with the heartwarming tributes posted and shared by the other Fast and Furious cast and crew members.
— Tamara Hd (@tamsmaraa) December 6, 2013
During a March 2015 interview with the New York Daily News, Tyrese Gibson opened up about the aftermath of Paul Walker’s death. He stated that everything the Furious 7 cast and crew did to promote the movie – interviews, articles, radio shows, etc. – was “on behalf of telling the world that Paul left us with some beautiful art.”
Gibson further explained that the most traumatic part of losing his close friend in death was the traumatic way in which he died.
“It wasn’t just that I lost one of my closest friends of 13 years. It really came down to the trauma. It was traumatic. It wasn’t just that he died; it was the way that he died that made things that much worse. You don’t want to think of someone, who is the nicest guy in the world, burning alive in a car.”
Paul Walker was the passenger in a Porsche GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas on the day of his death. Multiple reports show that the sports car flew off of the road in California and crashed into a tree, killing both of them. The official cause of death of Paul’s death certificate, according to Daily Mail, was “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.”
The next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast 8, is currently scheduled for theatrical release in April of 2017. However, the first trailer for the highly-anticipated film is less than a month away from its big debut. There are still quite a few unanswered questions about what exactly will happen to Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner and how the franchise will live on without the actor.
Regardless of what happens with the blockbuster franchise in the future, it is reassuring to know that Paul Walker will live on in the memories of his fans, family, friends for many years to come.
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