Vin Diesel recently took to Facebook to mourn the loss of his Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker. In the aftermath of Walker’s death, Diesel posted a slew of Facebook and Twitter posts, commemorating the man he describes as his “brother.”
Now that the 46-year-old has entered the New Year, it seems that his absent friend remains very much on his mind. On Jan. 2, 2014, the Riddick star posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“There was always moments of child-like laughter… We had accomplished so much by 2013… P.s. The complexities of Brotherhood, and the painful void… of it’s [sic] absence.”
The post was also rounded off with a picture of Diesel and Walker smiling, side-by-side, as they attended a press tour for the latest iteration from the Fast & Furious franchise.
On Dec. 22, 2013, the star posted a photograph of the final scene the pair had filmed together, their faces dimly lit by a warm glow, as they looked on into the distance. A blue screen, meanwhile, is clearly positioned in the backdrop as they perform their final scene together. Diesel offered his reflections on the occasion, before divulging the newly appointed release date for Fast & Furious 7:
“The last scene we filmed together… There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come… Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015! P.s. He’d want you to know first…”
Following Walker’s demise in a car crash on Nov. 30, there was considerable speculation over whether the 40-year-old would appear in Fast & Furious 7. Walker was taking a break from shooting the next movie during the Thanksgiving holidays, just before his tragic death. With the Takers star reportedly having already filmed a number of scenes for the upcoming film, debate among the developers stirred over his inclusion. However, Universal Pictures recently confirmed that Walker will, indeed, make a return to movie theatres on April 10, 2015.
The film was originally slated for release in July, 2014. Although questions remain over the fate of Walker’s onscreen character, Brian O’Connor, the studio recently released the following statement, confirming Vin Diesel and Paul Walker would reprise their character roles for Fast & Furious 7.
“Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015… James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.”
Following Walker’s private memorial service, which took place in Santa Clarita, California, Diesel offered a speech in memory of his friend, voicing his sentiments through a local sheriff’s car radio. With crowds amassing to conduct a candlelight vigil around Walker’s crash site in Valencia, the Wheelman actor addressed the fans. Diesel took the opportunity to thank the fellow mourners:
“At this hard time his family gets to see all of you show the love that you’ve shown Paul. It’s going to stay with me forever… I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him.”
It was reported, immediately after Walker was killed alongside business partner and friend Roger Rodas, Diesel returned to California to offer his support to Paul’s mother. According to Diesel, however, he broke down in front of his family members. He claims this to have been the point at which he realized he needed their strength, and not the other way round:
“His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry… I said sorry? You’re the mother who lost a son?… She said yes, but you lost your other half…”
By James Fenner