Vin Diesel Shares a Moment with Paul Walker that Changed How He Saw ‘Fast and Furious’

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As Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker raced through the Fast and Furious franchise as Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Conner, they battled their way through another fandom as well. In its July / August cover story, Diesel Men’s Health said that he and Walker were partners outside of the set, playing on the same team in the online multiplayer game World of Warcraft. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were WoW players.
"Nobody in the world knew they were playing Dom and Brian," says Diesel. The two of them would just play to relax after work. If you've played WoW these years, chances are you've battled the legendary action stars.
However, when Diesel and Walker were IRL together, anonymity was a little trickier. Diesel remembers a fan interaction that remained with him.
"We went to this bodega - we went to this bodega and people just can't believe that Dom and Brian go to a bodega," he begins. “We went to a birthday party or something for someone in the cast and he - one of the guys said, 'Brian'. One of the boys called him Brian. And when we left and we were in the car, he said, 'This is my favorite thing to do. It's my favorite thing to do when people call me Brian. "
It's not the reaction one might expect given that most actors feel a sense of between anger and anger when treated like their characters. Not for Walkers.
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“It always stayed with me,” Diesel continues. “Because he was so persistent. For him it was a nice compliment. I still think about it to this day because it just says so much that this iconic character he created was so proud. It was his creation, his superhero, and that moment represented a simpler life I think. "
Walker died in a car accident in 2013. He was unable to complete the project he and Diesel started. Diesel came to treat those words outside of the bodega as motivation to end the series strong. "It made me want to protect that even more because this mountain looming is Fast 10 - we promised each other that we would take this franchise and end it at Fast 10."
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