With Fast & Furious 7 approaching release, completed after Walker’s fatal accident, it stands as a potentially billion-dollar memorial to one of its stars.
“This was a labour of love,” said Diesel at a recent early screening of Fast & Furious 7 in Los Angeles.
at Pebble Mill in the 1990s and is included in the photo above, sadly died last month.
Below is the message he posted on Facebook on Christmas Eve to his friends, telling them of his illness.
A newcomer to the Fast & Furious series may be surprised that the words “cars” or “driving” don’t crop up nearly as much as the word “family”.
The core cast, and in particular Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, played brothers-in-law onscreen, and in the wake of Walker’s tragic death late in 2013, it has become clear that art imitated life in the closeness of their bond.
In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and would reprise the role in five of the next six installments but died in the middle of the filming of Furious 7 (2015).
He also starred in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Timeline (2003), Into the Blue (2005), Eight Below, and Running Scared (2006).
Then it was the summer, and two lots of surgery to deal with the collapse of my spine, and the autumn, and emergency radio therapy to deal with what had grown back. Turns out it’s in my spine, my lungs, throughout my lymph system.And naturally, with talk of the movie series comes the topic of the untimely death of one of its best-loved stars, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013 in a car accident, amid shooting the seventh film, Furious 7. ''And you managed NOT to date her,' Lorraine observed. Perhaps it was the presence of a Hollywood hunk, but the inclusion of one of life's 'ruder' fruits caused a bit of smutty chat. 'I mean, like, bendier.'The penny dropped with Lorraine - who presumably took the word 'kinkier' in its sexual sense.'Oh! Of Paul's death, Scott said: 'He was close with all of us. There were hard days and still are.'Of the fact that the franchise is able to continue without him, Scott, 31, said: 'What better way to continue his legacy than this? On to brighter topics: On the fact that he has shot a Taylor Swift music video, Scott said - 'I love her music. Talking about the best bananas to use for the recipe, John advised Lorraine that 'the kinkier the banana the better! He's the star of the eighth instalment of the Fast And Furious franchise. 'She clearly had that Friday feeling on the show, with the presence of the ever-excitable Teletubbies and Clint Eastwood's attractive son.And actor Scott Eastwood appeared on Friday's edition of Lorraine to chat about the movie, which is set for release on April 12. She was also joined in the kitchen by TV chef John Whaite, and oversaw things as he baked her a upside down banana cake.