You don’t need me to tell you this, but here it goes anyway. Losing a loved one hurts like hell.
Every person reading this has lost someone in their lives that was more than a friend, more than a family member, but rather more like an angel on Earth. For Vin Diesel, Paul Walker was that guy. The two are famously linked to the worldwide success of their Fast And The Furious movie series. Yet, Diesel, on a recent appearance of Live With Kelly And Michael, reluctantly spoke on the one topic that still haunts him every waking moment of his life.
“It’s a heavy thing, Michael. You know?” Diesel said. “I grew up in the bouncer world, and we lost people while we were bouncing. But the brotherhood in Paul Walker was something completely different. It was someone that we…we grew up in the business together, and we became famous together, and we represented the biggest franchise together. He was my partner, and it’s a strange thing to…I’ve been acting all my life and they don’t teach you in acting, how to mourn someone and simultaneously pretend they’re in a scene with you.”
“It’s one of the darker moments in this, in my journey. Yeah. Yeah guys, you know it’s a rough one. You all had people you love that passed away,” Vin finished.
It’s those last few lines that hit like a ton of bricks.
Diesel is still in the process of filming Fast And The Furious 7, a film Walker himself had already began filming at the time of his death and a film that will feature him in some capacity. So when Vin mentioned the difficulty of mourning the death of friend while pretending said friend’s technically in the movie with him has to take its toll in some capacity. Understandably so, Hollywood is Hollywood and business waits for no man, but you have to wonder how healthy that is in terms of Vin’s grieving process.
FATF7 is tentatively scheduled for an April 2015 release.