Furious 7’s long road to the big screen reached the finish line Wednesday at the world premiere in Los Angeles.
Star Vin Diesel and producer Neal Mortiz were both visibly emotional when speaking about the loss of star Paul Walker at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood before the screening.
“This movie is more than a movie,” said Diesel. “There’s something emotional that happens to you where you walk out of this movie, and you appreciate everyone you love because you just never know when the last day is that you’ll see them.”
The passing of Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013, pushed back the release of the Universal film as the studio and filmmakers took time to mourn the death of the star, and rethink the ending of the film to give Walker’s character’s storyline a proper ending.
“I’m going to tell you, last year it was really tough to come back to work,” said Diesel of returning to the film after the death of Walker. But he added that the support of his castmates, Universal and director James Wan helped her to return to complete the project.