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Furious cast can’t get over the death of Paul Walker

The death of Paul Walker is still being felt by his “Fast and
Furious” franchise costars. The latest installment, “The Fate of the
Furious,” debuts in theaters Friday without its star.
Walker died in a car crash in 2013 just as he was completing filming of
“Furious 7.” The crash, which was not connected to filming of the
movie, also claimed the life of his racing team partner, Roger Rodas.
Vin Diesel told “Entertainment tonight” on the red carpet for
the film’s premiere that it’s been difficult since losing his best friend, whom
he nicknamed “Pablo.”
“A lot of people go, ‘What’s it like making a movie without Pablo’
and that’s not the right question,” Diesel said. The real question, he
said, is “What’s it like living without your brother?” Diesel named
his daughter Pauline, now two years old, in honor of Walker.

Costar Michelle Rodriguez said the death of Walker and his absence is
the reason why the eighth film in the franchise is darker than the rest.

“We didn’t want to jump in and pretend that everything’s OK after
such a big loss,” she said. “You kind of have to reinvent the thing
and go dark before coming out of it.”
Ludacris said the cast wants to honor Walker, who was more than just
their costar.

“The last movie was for Paul, we love to say this movie is from
Paul,” Ludacris said. “So, I mean his presence is always going to be
felt and at this point we’re working hard and trying to make the best movie
possible for him to continue on his legacy.”
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