After the sudden and tragic death of Paul Walker happened during the shooting of 'Fast And Furious 7,' cast members for the movie took it extremely hard. Vin Diesel spent over 15 years on the set with Walker during their time shooting the Fast And Furious franchise of films. Diesel opened up about how the cast along with himself dealt with it moving forward.
“It was, needless to say, the hardest movie I’ve ever done,” Vin said. “I remember when the tragedy happened, my mother said to me, ‘It’s not fair that you have to mourn in front of the world.”
“What’s even harder is to mourn and simultaneously that the person is next to you, so every time you turn to whoever’s sitting in that chair you see not Paul,” he said.
When Walker passed away, the film was still in the process of shooting. It was put on hold so Walker's family and friends had time to grieve. Coming back to the set was less than easy Diesel explained, and at times he was debating whether they should finish the film or scrap it completely.
After the long grieving process, the producers took steps to decide on how to handle the rest of the film without Walker's presence on the set. Paul Walker’s brother stepped up to take his place in the remaining scenes of the film.
The 47-year-old star said finishing the film with other actors filling in for his late co-star and friend was strange, but was also a touching, beautiful experience.
“It’s very, very weird,” he continued. “The good thing is, because we took all the time, the movie is a true testament to everyone coming together and wanting to honor both the saga and our brother, and there’s something very beautiful about that.”
Vin is also excited about his newest role as Groot in "Guardians" – a character he found therapeutic in the wake of Paul's tragic death.
"I'm really fortunate that I have both of these movies and there's something very, very healing about playing a character like Groot that celebrates life after a tragedy like the one that happened," he said.
“There’s only one Paul Walker. When you’ve worked with someone for 15 years and you know each other’s idiosyncrasies and you’ve created magic together for so long, it’s a strange thing to mourn that person and simultaneously pretend that person is next to you,” Vin told Entertainment Tonight.
“I think Fast 7 wins Best Picture, whether we want to or not!” he added.