During the Furious 7 Live event earlier today, the cast was asked about Paul Walker, who passed away in 2013. Vin Diesel responded with a heartfelt answer, which really showed the impact that the loss of Walker has had on Fast & Furious family.
“When we decided to go back to work when Universal was so supportive about us continuing the film, it was unanimous, it was across the board that the most important thing would be to honor my brother Paul and his legacy,” said Vin Diesel. “When we used to come out of the premiere…when Paul and I would come out of the premiere of every movie that was released, he would always say, ‘We can make a better one.’”
Vin Diesel continued, “It’s not in the can yet. He would say the best one’s still in the can. I guess it was a purpose to making this movie, to completing this movie unlike anything I have ever experienced, because we had a loved one that we were honoring. And we were going to do everything in our power to make sure Furious 7 would be his legacy and his greatest achievement. He was so integral in this saga. He was a true brother in this saga. And he lived it. And it was important for us to continue in his spirit. In many ways, he helped us complete this film, because it was the most ambitious Fast & Furious we’ve ever filmed. But it was definitely a tough time, because you all see Paul Walker on screen, but you never could really imagine how wonderful an angel he was, and how special he was, how much of a loss it is for us for him not to be up on this stage now.”
Furious 7 is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on April 3, 2015.