Furious 7 finally hits cinemas on April 2, marking an emotional milestone for friends and loved ones of the late Paul Walker. In a new feature by Variety, Vin Diesel opens up even more about the loss of his long-time friend. He speaks about his ominous thoughts on set, the last time he saw Paul and the last thing he said, and his struggle to finish the film with a broken heart. Vin already tugged at our heartstrings earlier this week when he revealed he named his daughter after Paul. Others involved in Furious 7 have been speaking out, too; Michelle Rodriguez spoke of her devastation in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and Wiz Khalifa released a new, heartbreaking song titled "See You Again." Keep reading for Vin's newest quotes about coping with his loss.
On the harrowing, ominous thought he had before Paul's death: "These action films can [be] dangerous, no matter what anyone tells you . . . I started to think, 'What would happen to Paul Walker if I died?'"
On the last thing he said to Paul: "'If I do die, let them know what kind of brother I've been to you.' I've played that over in my head countless times. That's the last time I ever saw him."
On deciding whether or not to finish the film: "There was fear. Could I finish playing Dom with such a broken heart? . . . I thought what Paul would really want me to do was finish it. So that's what I did."
On his first day back on set: "I'm supposed to be in killer mode . . . I went through three boxes of tissues, and I felt so bad. I felt so embarrassed. I had always been the kind of actor that other actors respect. I was just failing so hard. My nose was running and my eyes were tearing. I had to walk off set to try to get all the fluids out. I couldn't contain my emotion, and thus it became the toughest film I ever had to shoot."
On having the support of Paul's family: "It was endearing that his brothers were there to assist with his legacy . . . The irony is, I've been acting since I was 7 years old. No one in the world could teach you how to act across from someone your heart is mourning for. That's like asking someone who has lost a parent to replay it again and again, and pretend there's not a void there."
On the moment he heard the news: "I got on a plane, and told the production company I couldn't shoot, just to cancel everything."
On the final product: "It doesn't feel like a movie in some ways. It feels like something more."