Vin Diesel on Why He Made The Fate of the Furious without Paul Walker

03/15/2017

It was something Paul Walker said that got Vin Diesel to return to Fast and the Furious after the death of the man he described as a brother.

 

The surrogate family that comprises the “Fast and Furious” cast have spoken numerous times about how Paul Walker’s tragic death affected filming 2015’s “Furious 7.” After the tear-jerking tribute to not only Brian O’ Connor but Walker himself at the end of the film, it may have seemed controversial to some that the studio and cast decided to keep the franchise rolling.

While a section of critics say he is taking advantage of the posthumous fame of the late actor, Diesel believes the films are his heartfelt tribute to his brother, whom he lovingly called Pablo. The actor also reveals that it was Walker's motivation that prompted him to continue the action thriller saga of Dominic "Dom" Toretto and his gang.

Diesel said that, following Walker's untimely death in the midst of filming Furious 7, he never wondered whether or not the franchise could continue, he wondered whether he could. "It wasn't just a question of whether this franchise could work without Paul," Diesel said. "It was whether I could even survive doing it without Paul." However, Diesel remembered an old interview in which Walker guaranteed eight films in the franchise. "I'd seen this video of Paul guaranteeing eight, while we were making seven. That hit me. You're talking about a bond and a brotherhood," he told Total Film Magazine.

"The pain wasn’t about whether something would work. F**k the film. It was about the loss of someone very important in my life. Was there ever any moment I wasn’t thinking about him? That’s the question. Every day I’d be saying, ‘This movie has to be amazing because of Paul,’” Vin added.

The Fate of the Furious will see Diesel's Dom turning his back on his family to work with Charlize Theron's Cypher, who is described in the newest trailer as "the very definition of high-tech terrorism." "From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family," teases the synopsis.

Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, and Helen Mirren also star. The movie is due out on April 14.