As the cast of Furious 7 prepares for the movie’s long-awaited premiere this Friday, they are reminded of their lost co-star and “brother,” Paul Walker.
Early Furious 7 reviews have been favorable, and the film is expected to gross close to a billion at the box office worldwide. But there remains a void.
Tyrese Gibson, a fellow Fast and Furious franchise star, opened up to People about the loss of his co-star. Walker died in a car crash in late 2013.
"He was truly an angel,” he said. "We were inspired to pick up the pieces and keep moving because it became 'Let us do this on his behalf.'"
"It's really hard to do red carpets and have so many people walking up to you screaming ... I'm just thinking to myself, 'It's not about me, it is so all about Paul.'"
Later that day, in an Instagram post, Tyrese’s sentiments expressed sadness that film would premiere without Walker. In a photo of Paul, Gibson captioned, "It's so hard to celebrate without you."
Cody Walker, Paul’s younger brother, was at the Wednesday evening premiere in Los Angeles.
"I'm so happy with it," Cody said. "I think Paul would be proud."
Cody is no stranger to the Fast and Furious crew, and they have been a source of support for him as his heals from Paul’s death.
He stated, "I've known some of [the cast] for the last 15 years, but not at this level. I've just tripled my family in the last year."
Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, was the recipient of her late father’s fortune. She was only 15 when he died.
After his death, there was initial issue of custody and guardianship, headed by Paul’s mother, Cheryl. But at Meadow's request, Cheryl dismissed the petition.
Currently, Meadow, 16, lives with her mother, Rebecca Soteros.
Gibson was happy to report that Meadow is “really in a great space.” He added: "She's really focused on her education and just spending a lot of quality time with her friends. That brings her a lot of joy.”
It’s only been a year since Walker died. On the anniversary of his death, Meadow posted a heartbreaking Instagram photo of Paul holding her in his lap.
The caption simply said, “I love you.”
After the trailer for the film aired, she posted another Instagram photo, with Paul lovingly looking at her as she stuck her tongue out at him.
At the time, he was in the midst of filming The Fast and the Furious 7.
His brothers Cody and Caleb stepped in and doubled as Walker for the film’s completion.
Noting the difficultly of doubling for their brother, Gibson said, "It could not have been easy for [Cody and Caleb] ... to step in for their brother who we just lost. I have a bunch of new heroes from being a part of this project. It feels like the most beautiful sending off you'll ever see.”
As the cast of the movie has been promoting the film, the love they have shown for their co-star is unprecedented. So much, that Walker’s friend and co-star Vin Diesel named his newborn baby after the fallen star.