Vin Diesel: Furious 7 hits you hard
Vin Diesel thinks the final scene in Furious 7 was a “gut punch”.
The production was met with tragedy when one of its stars, Paul Walker, died in a car crash in November 2013. The actor had already shot many of his scenes, and fans were left wondering how the producers would write his character out of the franchise. In the end, he was shown driving off into the sunset for a new life, and for his co-star Vin, who plays Dominic, it was the best outcome.
“It wasn’t easy. There are a million different ways a studio could play – and potentially exploit – something like that,” he told Men’s Fitness. “So I have to give it up to Universal for letting us take the route we did and not doing what so many other producers and studios would have done, which is succumb to the easy solution of terminating the character onscreen. We went another way with it and it was a gut punch because it plays on so many levels.”
The 48-year-old was particularly close to Paul, and when he announced his second daughter’s arrival in March this year, he revealed he had named her Pauline in tribute to his friend.
Vin was glad he got to share Paul’s final moments on screen as Brian, even though it was highly emotional.
“There was a joy to it at the end. When you really think about it, you’re emotionally spent by the time you think the Dom character isn’t going to make it,” he explained. “That crushes you. When you get to the Brian scene at the end, you cry. But the tears are different, more powerful than melancholy tears. After all, this brotherhood was the backbone of these movies for 15 years. The ending allowed everybody, regardless of how tough they were, to cry.”
- Cover Media