Fast And Furious 7 is a movie that we at FTN can’t wait to see but know that it will be laced with sadness too due to the death of Paul Walker at the end of last year. But we can only imagine what the other stars of the franchise are going through, especially Vin Diesel who was Walker’s friend in life and on film.
Rumours have been circulating the Diesel has been have serious issues focusing on his work on the movie, with many speculation it is because Walker is dead and they are currently shooting scenes that Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, is being added into via CGI and the standing in of his two brother.
Universal said: “This production is working through some challenges that are historically unprecedented. The crew and cast, led by Vin, have been nothing but terrific under these circumstances.”
However, now Diesel himself, via his Facebook page, has posted a letter to his fans that tries to put everything in perspecive:
“There wasn’t a scene in the saga he didn’t want to discuss, improve… even with just a changing of a line or adding a specific nuance to enrich a moment.
He did it with the pride of knowing, that over a decade of portraying Brian, through four directors, multiple writers and new producers he was able to maintain the inner core of the character he created. Those work ethics and drive to be both truthful, and in his own way, evolve the decade spanning character is what made his character as iconic as it has become.
He always knew I would fight for him… whether it was to protect his deal or to protect his integrity… and he knew that if it made for a better film, I was going to do whatever it took… it is why together, we won best duo… twice, 12 years apart.
With our new ambitious vfx team, the whole cast and crew has had to adjust to this awkward and uncomfortable process of pixels over people. Aside from the obvious strains it places on the director, the challenge is not to allow it to compromise what makes the character so special.”
He also posted the below image.
We understand the pain the whole crew must be feeling – one thing that can never be denied about the Fast and Furious movies is that there seems to be a lot of love and genuine friendship between everyone involved.
We’re looking forward to seeing the movie and, personally, I’m a big fan of this franchise. So hopefully they can all work through this.