“When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother.”
These are the words of Vin Diesel when speaking about his Fast and Furious costar Paul Walker. The emotions of the tragic loss of the actor overwhelmed Diesel at a an advanced screening of Furious 7 in Los Angeles.
Diesel gave a speech at the presentation, but Walker’s death still loomed over him.
“This was a labor of love. It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do. Because the relationships that you see on film are so real. When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother. Tonight…”
However the action movie star was unable to finish his sentence, still reeling from the sad departure of Walker. The crowd encouraged the visibly shaken Diesel by shouting “You’re the man” and “Love you, V.” Another person in the crowd assured the actor, “You got family here, Vin,” to which Diesel replied, “Oh, I love that.”
Diesel mustered up enough to continue, “What can I say, guys. Thanks for being my family. Thanks for always taking care of us. Thanks for believing in us.”
He finished the touching tribute by saying, “Please know that we made this movie from our hearts, and know that this is our gift to you. And more importantly, it’s for my brother there. Let it be the legacy we know he deserves.”
The seventh film in the Fast and Furious franchise will be released in theaters on April 3.