This Friday The Fate of the Furious will hit theaters and send the franchise down a new direction as longtime hero Dominic Tortetto betrays those closest to him. The film will also be the first in the long-running series without Paul Walker, who died in a tragic accident in 2013 while the previous film was still in production. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the film’s New York premiere, Vin Diesel discussed his feelings on carrying on without Paul Walker both as a co-star and as a friend.
Referring to Paul Walker by his nickname, Diesel commented on continuing the franchise without his friend.
“I’m still reeling from the loss, the idea of of continuing along without my brother Pablo and what that felt like and the complexities of that.”
Diesel commented on how his relationship with Paul Walker extended beyond their work on the Fast and Furious films.
“If I ever had a concern or something, I would call him and I don’t have that call now and I don’t have that person that’s dreaming up the impossible with me.”
Diesel explained how the familial bond between the cast benefits the latest film.
“One of the things that makes this film so magical, the relationships are so powerful that they bleed off screen.”
Diesel introduced the film with a moving tribute to his friend.
“There wasn’t a second we made this movie, not a minute, not a day that went by that we weren’t thinking about our brother Pablo. How to bring him into the movie, how to represent him, and how to make something that he would be proud of. Pablo, I hope you are proud tonight.”
The friendship between Diesel and Walker certainly translated on the screen and it will be interesting to see how the franchise carries on without that key relationship, especially considering how Dominic Toretto will be going rogue and turning on his allies. How do you feel about the franchise continuing without Paul Walker? Share your thoughts below!
The Fate of the Furious will be released in theaters on April 14, 2017.
Source: ET Online