Vin Diesel reveals how Paul Walker wanted The Fate of the Furious to happen: It 'has to be amazing'
Paul Walker’s death in 2013 raised serious questions about the future of the Fast and the Furious franchise as the actor left an irreplaceable void. But Vin Diesel made it possible to revive the series and now, Fate of the Furious is gearing up for its grand release in April, 2017.
While a section of critics say he is taking advantage of the posthumous fame of the late actor, Diesel believes the films are his heartfelt tribute to his brother, whom he lovingly called Pablo. The actor also reveals that it was Walker’s motivation that prompted him to continue the action thriller saga of Dominic “Dom” Toretto and his gang.
“It wasn’t just a question of whether this franchise could work without Paul. It was whether I could even survive doing it without Paul. I’d seen this video of Paul guaranteeing eight, while we were making seven. That hit me. You’re talking about a bond and a brotherhood,” he told Total Film Magazine.
The 49-year-old star was referring to an interview given by Walker to Collider in 2013, just days before his death, in which he promised an eight film even if Furious 7 flops.
Diesel believes that the inspiration from his late brother is what makes Fast 8 an amazing film. He said, “The pain wasn’t about whether something would work. F**k the film. It was about the loss of someone very important in my life. Was there ever any moment I wasn’t thinking about him? That’s the question. Every day I’d be saying, ‘This movie has to be amazing because of Paul.’”
Diesel has been vocal about how he misses Walker even after three years of the horrific accident that killed the actor and keeps sharing his pictures on social media.
The upcoming F&F film is about family, love and sacrifice. Dom and Letty’s world come crashing down when the former is seduced by a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) to a world of crime and betrayal. In an attempt to save Dom, his family and friends will be travelling around the world and stop an evil plot.
The Fate of the Furious premieres in theatres on 14 April.
'The Fate of the Furious' Trailer: It's Dwayne Johnson Versus Missile in Over-the-Top New Clip
As befits the Fast and Furious franchise, the eighth entry in the Vin Diesel-led series is guaranteed to push its auto-insanity to absurd new heights. That’s most definitely confirmed by the latest trailer for The Fate of the Furious, which is a thing of such over-the-top beauty that it actually features the sight of Dwayne Johnson hanging out of a speeding tank in order to redirect — with his hands! — a torpedo racing alongside. And that’s not even the clip’s money shot! Watch in wonder above.
Suffice it to say, the film’s new promo proves that the next chapter in the long-running saga will hew closely to its gearhead template. The word “family” is intoned three separate times in the first 45 seconds of the trailer, which then proceeds to deliver all manner of road raging. There are hordes of remote-controlled cars being used as weapons on the streets of New York by Charlize Theron’s villain. There are cars shooting out of skyscrapers and driving on the frozen tundra. And there are cars turbo-boosting into the air to avoid being blown up by submarine-launched missiles. Oh, and fighter jets.
Pitting a turncoat Dom (Diesel) against his former comrades, the new clip gives us the first hint that there is more to Dom’s breaking bad than first appears. (“I got no choice!” he screams at one point.) As the Furious crew team up with Jason Statham’s dastardly Deckard Shaw to stop Dom and Theron from doing something very, very evil, The Fate of the Furious looks like it’ll be nonstop pedal-to-the-metal. Starring Diesel, Johnson, Theron, Statham, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Scott Eastwood, and more, Fate — directed by F. Gary Gray — roars into theaters in the States on April 14.
“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.” —Vin Diesel
As a day one fan of the Fast and the Furious saga, it was really hard reading about Paul Walker’s untimely death. Fortunately, they decided to continue the movie in Paul’s name and after a year dealing with solutions around Paul’s unfinished shoots, the movie is finally here.
For the first time since Tokio Drift, the saga embraces a new director in the form of James Wan. He takes over the reigns from 4 time Fast and Furious director Justin Lin, who is partly responsible for the amazing success this saga has generated. His vision on topping action scene after action scene but not going into that Michael Bay territory is fantastic. Unfortunatly, he’s moving on to other things. Now, James Wan is not just some new director. He’s responsible for some of the greatest horror movie hits of the past decade, like The Conjuring and Insidious, and even responsible for directing the first SAW movie. The strong revenge thriller Death Sentence is also from his hand.
Now, James Wan is a director who likes the 70’s revenge thriller feel. He showed it with Death Sentence, he used the slow stuttering old slowmotion effect in his horror movies and he is now doing this with Fast 7. For me, it felt out of place. He created the perfect tone, cause it really feels the way he wants it to feel, but it felt weird looking at the other films. Fortunately, this feeling doesn’t linger on and he soon drags you into the film and won’t let you go. But for the first time, I couldn’t look past some of the things they did in the movie. I even loved the Vin Diesel bridge jump or the scene in the airplane from 6, but they really went full blown Transformers in this one.
It’s fantastic they made the decision to go trough with it and give Paul a respectful goodbye but here and there you can see they made obvious changes. For instance, the amount of time Vin Diesel spends reminding Brain O’ Conner that he now has a family (which he has had for the last two movies also) are suddenly becoming an issue. the emphasize and emphasize that only family matters, and that even tho Brian has jumped out of airplanes, jumped off trains, fought countless times with the group, the bravest thing Dominic has seen Brian do is be a husband to Mia. Okay dudes, we get it.
Somehow it also feels that they intended the movie to be different at all. Sidelining Hobbs for the greater part of the movie just felt extremely off, as the previous two movies gained so much because of his presence. I even had problems with the script this time, which pitches our gang of street racers against brother-of Owen Shaw certified bad ass Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham, but not before getting side-tracked on some very weird side mission to steal some hacking device with a very overly complicated plan. But oh well, it is the Fast and Furious saga.
The movie hints back to previous times for numerous occasions. Wether this was always the plan or just another way to emphasize the old days with Paul I don’t know, but it was a great addition to the movie. I’m talking the old muscle car, corona’s, Los Angeles and even that hillbilly from Tokio Drift (including original soundtrack).
It isn’t until the end, when all the warfare and mayhem that they let loose on the streets of Los Angeles settles down, that you are really confronted with the death of Paul Walker. And it isn’t until this moment you know why they kept saying stuff like how the bravest thing he has done is be a father and a husband. Because it all reflects on Paul in his real life. You know they’re gonna do some kind of memorial thingy, but what they did in this movie can bring any tough guy who has loved this series for years to tears. It is a very respectful, graceful and beautiful goodbye to an actor, a friend, a brother, a father and most of all a great human being, having devoted his life off-screen to helping people in need and working for his disaster relief organisation.
For me it’s not the best movie of the saga, but still a fantastic addition that I will be watching again and again, and knowing how much trouble they must’ve had changing things and keeping Paul in this movie the way they did, I can only say they did a great job. I hope they will continue this story with more movies but even if they don’t, this would be a great ending to a fantastic saga.
There is a bit in this movie (and I’m sure you’ve seen it in the trailer) where Vin Diesel drives a hypercar out of the side of a Dubai skyscraper, through an adjacent sky scraper before finally causing significant damage to a third.
If like me the Fast and Furious saga is something of a guilty pleasure then you owe it to yourself to see it on the big screen. Just one word of warning, you’re going to get hit in the feels hard at the end so choose who you go with carefully. That or sit around for the credits while you sort yourself out after.