In the wake of Paul Walker’s tragic demise, on Nov. 30, 2013, Tyrese Gibson has offered thanks to fans on the red carpet, in the run-up to the Grammys in Los Angeles. Gibson spoke fondly about the outpouring of support the Fast & Furious cast had received following Walker’s demise.
During an interview with Extra, the interviewer started proceedings by offering the star his condolences, before asking Gibson for an update on the development of Fast & Furious 7. Gibson said he did not want to dwell on the subject for too long, due to the sadness it caused him; however, he took the opportunity to, firstly, issue his sincere appreciation to all of the many fans for supporting the cast and crew of Fast, as well as Walker’s family and friends:
“Sometimes we take people praying for you for granted. All of the fans around the world that have been praying for Paul’s family and his daughter and the cast and his friends… every single day, we love you all.”
Gibson then explained how the overwhelming support received from fans helped the team to “rebuild” and inspired them to persevere. Leading on from this, he sought to explain the direction of the Fast & Furious series, indicating that it was still “going to go.” He compared the Fast movie franchise to the United Nations, before going on to emphasize the number of well-recognized actors that feature in the blockbuster films – many of which, fans across the globe identify with. Ultimately, he believes that Walker would have wanted the cast and crew to keep going.
The Transformers star then reflected on his own personal grief, saying that he “… went forever sad.” However, with the backing of fans, spanning across the globe, Gibson maintains he found his smile again; for helping the actor through these difficult times, he thanked the fans for their prayers.
This is not the first time that Gibson has reflected over the loss of his friend and co-star. On Jan. 13, 2014, Gibson made an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show to engage in his very first interview, since Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California.
The 35-year-old discussed his recent vacation in Dubai with After Earth actor Will Smith; the star indicated the break helped him through the emotional turmoil of his friend’s departure. He then went on to explain how some of the proceeds from DVD sales of Fast & Furious 6 would be donated to Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) – Walker’s nonprofit charity that he founded in 2010.
Recently, ROWW has announced that Paul Walker’s brother, Cody Walker – who is reported to be a licensed paramedic – would serve as the charity’s Brand Manager and paramedic. The information was released in a statement on the foundation’s website and Facebook page, while Cody confirmed the details through his own personal Facebook account.
ROWW was created to deliver humanitarian aid to regions, across the globe, that had been devastated by natural disasters. The team comprises of numerous aid and healthcare workers, including firefighters, construction workers, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses and paramedics. Thus far, the team have helped many regions throughout the United States, as well as disaster-struck areas in Chile, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Gibson’s comments at the Grammys comes shortly after Kurt Russell – who will play a “father figure” to Vin Diesel’s character in Fast & Furious 7 – weighed in with his thoughts on Walker’s death. During the Sundance Film Festival, according to the Associated Press, Russell explained that his death was catastrophic:
“Listen, it’s catastrophic. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul… So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.”
Vin Diesel, meanwhile, was the first to announce the new release date for Fast & Furious 7. The much-anticipated film, which was originally due for release this year, has been pushed back to April 10, 2015. Earlier this month, on his personal Facebook page, Vin Diesel also indicated that he would help plan the exit of Walker’s onscreen character, Brian O’Conner, from the franchise.
By James Fenner