Paul Walker might be gone, but at CinemaCon 2017 he definitely was not forgotten. Vin Diesel not only paid tribute to his late co-star and best friend, but revealed why making ‘The Fate of the Furious’ without him was so important.
It’s been almost four years since Paul Walker was tragically killed in a horrific car accident at the age of 40, but to his Fast and the Furious co-stars it still feels like just yesterday he was standing beside them. Vin Diesel, 49, made sure that Paul was remembered during Universal’s CinemaCon 2017 presentation on Wednesday, March 29, in Las Vegas, Nevada by opening up about how hard making another film without him was.
“It was a hard decision to make. But… part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot. Every time you see Dom Toretto on film, every time you see any of the cast, Roman, Tej, on the screen or Letty or Mia, you are reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood for our millennium,” Vin shared. “There’s something beautiful about that. There’s something celebratory about that. The irony is that when I thought about going into this eighth chapter it was Paul Walker who promised eight. It just played over an dover in my brain, him saying eight is guaranteed.”
Since it was Paul’s idea to make an eight from the start, it just felt like the right thing to do for Vin. And now, a ninth and tenth are on the way, too. “I always feel like he’s looking down on us so we never wanna let him down,” Vin added.
Tyrese Gibson, 38, also remembered Paul — especially since the last time he was on the CinemaCon stage he was there alongside Paul. “The last time I was on this stage we was here with Paul Walker. We move and operate directly inspired by our brother. We’re just proud that this is a franchise that every man woman and child can show up and support as a family,” Tyrese told the crowd.
Shortly after their presentation and touching remembrance of Paul, Vin revealed that the entire CinemaCon audience was going to see The Fate of the Furious for the very first time. It was definitely a great way to end the presentation, and Paul certainly would have been excited, too.
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