Vin Diesel has shared yet another poignant story about one of the last times he spoke to the man he called his "brother Pablo," Paul Walker. However, unlike many of the other anecdotes about the two best friends, which are often funny or touching, this story is so much more haunting.
In November 2013, Vin Diesel was filming a dangerous stunt for Furious 7 which called for his character, Dom Toretto, to drive into danger headfirst, in an almost sacrificial manner, in order to save his Fast and the Furious family. In the film, the stunt leaves Toretto lifeless, with Paul Walker, playing Brian O'Conner, rushing to revive him. While filming the scene Vin said he suddenly started imagining his own death, saying "I started to think, 'what would happen to Paul Walker if I died?'"
The stunt had such a lasting impact in his mind that when Vin Diesel met up with Paul after the shoot he told him, "If i do die, let them know what kind of brother I've been to you." The two embraced, and soon after parted ways. Little did Vin Diesel know, in a cruel twist it wasn't Vin who was tragically killed just two weeks later, but Paul. What makes it all the more tragic is that their meeting following that dangerous stunt scene was the last time Vin would ever see his friend.
Following Walker's death, filming for Furious 7 stopped for four weeks in order for the script to be rewritten to write out Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, in a respectful way, though Vin says he wasn't even sure if he could come back to continue working on the film. Finally he relented, but only because he was sure that it was what Paul would have wanted.
Though it was hard enough for the remaining cast of the film to come back and complete the project without their friend and co-star, it was also a technically difficult task because Walker hadn't completed filming on all of his scenes. Fortunately though, Walker's two brothers, Caleb and Cody, as well as actor John Brotherton were able to be used as body doubles and, in combination with Weta Studios, CGI was used to make it look as though Paul had acted through the entire movie.
By the completion of filming, the cast and crew of Furious 7 felt they had created a movie which is a fitting tribute to their fallen family member.