The director of Furious 7 has admitted that he still can't get through the emotive ending of the movie without welling up, despite the fact that he cut and edited the scene together himself.
James Wan certainly hasn't had an easy task, and it's unsurprising that he's so affected by the movie's curtain call when you consider what he and the rest of the cast have been through during the emotionally fraught journey to complete Walker's final movie.
Wan, who took on his first Fast & Furious movie when he signed for [Furious 7](movie:264263), not only had the mammoth task of delivering a film that lived up to the franchise's colossal reputation. He also had to support and motivate a mourning crew and deliver a meaningful and poignant goodbye to the much beloved Paul Walker.
In a heartfelt attempt to give an appropriately emotive goodbye to Walker, the last ten minutes of the film are said to pay tribute to the fallen actor and honor the memory of both Paul as a person and his character, Brian O'Conner.
Wan, who is best known for directing horror movies such as Saw and Insidious, told Uproxx that:
Let me just say this: I made the movie, I edited the ending I did the music and I cut it all together – and yet I still cry as well. The ending just really, really gets me every time I see it.
The biggest compliment I take away from all of this is the fact that I helped to land a plane that is on fire, basically. More than anything else, that’s what I feel proud of and I feel proud of what I did for Paul and that’s the bottom line. After that incident, it became very clear to all of us that he had to finish this movie. We had to finish it for Paul
When questioned about how difficult it is to come to terms with Furious 7 being the last time we will ever see Walker on screen, Wan responded with a moving portrait of the man he once knew. He told interviewers that:
Listen, I hear you, man. It truly is a testament to how much people love Paul. It truly is. He’s so beloved and for all the right reasons. People love him because he was a great guy; he truly was. And what I love about Paul was, here’s a guy who is in one of the biggest Hollywood franchises ever and yet he doesn’t act remotely like a Hollywood person at all. That’s what I love about him. He’s so down to Earth and he was so real. I feel very fortunate to have worked with Paul because, before this, it’s like everyone, it’s like, “Oh, yeah, I dig Paul; I like the movies.” But, having worked with him, I admire him so much more and I truly, truly love the guy. It saddens me in a big way to know that he’s not with us anymore. And we worked so hard to make a movie that he would be proud of.
For those of us who have been following the Fast cast and crew, Wan's heartwarming tributes to Walker should come as no surprise. The 38-year-old director hasn't held back with his tearjerking tweets since Walker's death on November 30, 2013:
Two of my colleagues are at a press screening of Furious 7 this morning, and I for one can't wait to hear how Wan has honored Paul's memory. One thing's for sure, it's going to be an emotional roller coaster.
Furious 7 will be released in the US on April 3, 2015
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