Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster help fans gear up for one more ride in Furious 7 as the trio discusses the movie’s action, emotion, and its special sendoff to co-star Paul Walker, who died in a 2013 crash halfway through filming.
Diesel argues the stunts are even more outrageous than they were in Fast & Furious 6, but he also acknowledges more moving moments. “What’s really been taken to the next level is the emotional integrity of the film,” he says, later adding that Furious 7 "in many ways represents the whole saga."
At the 1:47 mark the cast explains how the upcoming sequel also operates as a tribute to the late Walker. Says Rodriguez, “This one’s special because it’s a legacy… You get to say goodbye to somebody very, very special. I think all the fans are going to feel good that there’s a respect there.”
Diesel then promises the sense of family cultivated in the 14-year-old series “bleeds off screen” so moviegoer can feel like they’re a part of the Walker’s farewell.
Last week, Diesel held back tears as he paid tribute to his late friend and co-star at an early fan screening of the highly anticipated action sequel. “This was a labor of love, and in some ways hardest movie I’ve ever had to do, because the relationships that you see on film are so real,” said the 47-year-old star in a Los Angeles movie theater. “When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother.”
Furious 7 revs up in theaters April 3.