After the sudden demise of Paul Walker in a horror car crash on the 30th of November 2013, the crew and cast of the Fast and Furious movie franchise wondered if they should go on making the seventh instalment. They were in the process of filming the movie when the fatal incident occurred and everyone was in a state of deep shock and grief. Fellow FF star Tyrese broke down when he visited the site of the crash and added to the torrent of tributes on social media, saying on his Instagram account “I will keep your energy with me forever.”
A tough, painful production
But the filmmakers decided to proceed and tie up the project. Even though it appears that filming was actually almost done at the time of Walker’s death, it was always going to be difficult trying to continue without Paul. Said co-star Michelle Rodriguez: “…surreal to think we made it through such a tough painful production.” She also posted a picture on Instagram of the entire film crew, jubilant on the final day of production To help close up filming gaps crucial to the completion of the film, Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody stepped in as body doubles. The producers hinted that there might be room for younger brother Cody to feature in future sequels as a new member of the crew. A combination of the stunning resemblance of Cody to his big brother and deft computer graphics helped see out the movie’s final scenes.
Vin Diesel the motivator
So, wrap it up they did and naturally, FF 7 was dedicated to the memory of Paul. The whole crew posted a message on the Fast & Furious Facebook account announcing that everything was finally done. The message thanked FF fans for their support and in particular singled out Vin Diesel as the man who picked up the crew after Walker’s death, motivating them to carry on with production. The release date for the new Fast & Furious was also announced in the message as April 3rd 2015. With all the emotional energy and passion that went into it, this is one flick you don’t want to miss.
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