Vin Diesel explains how he honors Paul Walker in 'Fast and the Furious' movies
Paul Walker may be gone, but he's definitely not forgotten.
Vin Diesel, who is headlining upcoming F9, the ninth in the Fast and the Furious franchise, says Walker, who played Brian O'Conner on the show, is still very present in the Film.
“In this film, you bring Paul and his legacy to the fore throughout the film. He's never gone. He will never be forgotten in this franchise, ”said Natalie Morales while speaking to Diesel Tuesday on TODAY.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in "The Fast And The Furious" (Getty Images)
"Always, always, always," he replied. “I never think I'll run the franchise in his absence. I always have the feeling that I am continuing the franchise in his honor. "
Walker died in a car accident in 2013 at the age of 40. He has appeared in several films posthumously, and his daughter Meadow, who remains close to Diesel's children, recently walked the red carpet for the "F9" premiere.
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel (Dave M. Benett / WireImage)
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Diesel, who named his daughter Pauline after Walker, says working on these films was an amazing experience because it enabled him to be surrounded by people who have become more than colleagues.
“It is ultimately the real blessing to work with people you love,” he said.
Diesel can also say exactly what makes the fans about the franchise so attractive.
"I think at the end of the day people come to 'Fast' because the characters want to know what happens next," he said. "We want to know how they develop."
The first "Fast and the Furious" movie was released in 2001, and Diesel says the next movie in the series, which is currently in preproduction, will be the last. He says it's hard to imagine the impact the films had.
“It's so surreal to come full circle and see something like this completed,” he said. “I don't think often enough about things I've done. I always feel like I'm only a minute away from producing the next film. "
"F9" has been postponed from its original release date last year and Diesel hopes it will come out at the perfect time to get people back in theaters after the pandemic.
“Last year I may have been frustrated. Now I have the feeling that we are here just in time to save this theatrical experience, ”he said.
“F9” will only be released in theaters on Friday.
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