When The Fast and the Furious premiered in 2001, it was a smaller film that most people considered to be a retelling of the 1991 Keanu Reeves movie, Point Break. No one could have predicted that it would totally reinvent itself and become a billion-dollar franchise — but even though the films continued to get bigger and crazier, at the heart of the story were the relationships between the characters.
The Fast & Furious films revolved around the friendship of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), who had their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, they were family. Walker and Diesel’s on-screen chemistry reflected their real-life friendship, and helped bring heart to the over-the-top action franchise.
In 2013, the world was saddened to hear that Paul Walker had passed away, but his legacy would live on through the franchise he was an integral part of. The end of Furious 7 paid tribute to #PaulWalker, which served as a beautiful sendoff for his character.
Vin Diesel Pays Tribute To Paul Walker At The MTV Awards
The cast of the #FastAndFurious films still help carry the memory of Paul Walker, and that's also exactly what #VinDiesel did during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Movie & TV Awards. Watch it below:
During the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the cast of the Fast & Furious franchise were the recipients of the MTV Generation Award, which goes to those who have continually entertained the masses over the years. Usually the award goes to a single person — however, since Fast & Furious ensemble has been entertaining audiences for over 15 years, the cast earned the honor together.
Vin Diesel accepted the award on behalf of his cast members, and spoke of the multi-cultural nature of the franchise:
“I gotta thank our generation. I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise that didn’t matter what color your skin is or what country you’re from. When you’re family, you’re family.”
He then went on to thank Paul Walker (using his nickname, Pablo), and reminded fans that the cast of the Fast & Furious franchise are family:
“I could never stand on this stage and talk about Fast and Furious without giving love to my brother Pablo, our brother Pablo, we hope you’re proud.”
The Fate of the Furious has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, and we are sure to see many more films in the future. Paul Walker will always be missed, but his fans, his friends and his family continue to keep his legacy alive.
The Fate of the Furious is in theaters now.
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