Losing a best friend can be just as painful as losing a family member, especially if that person was taken much too soon.
Vin Diesel has recently opened up to The Associated Press and discussed how he was able to heal after the death of his pal Paul Walker. Although he still struggles with the loss of his Furious co-star, he felt that portraying an immortal man in the film The Last Witch Hunter really helped him go through the various stages of grief.
"Playing a character that was masking his sorrow — his loss — was very appropriate for the time, because that's what I was doing in real life with the post-'Furious 7.' "
Vin Diesel describes how therapeutic it was to play an immortal character after going through Walker's death.
"The idea that someone immortal could be so melancholy. 2014 was a tough year for me in some ways — a lot of ways. Playing a character that was masking his sorrow — his loss — was very appropriate for the time, because that's what I was doing in real life with the post-Furious 7."
While reminiscing about his time with Walker, Diesel couldn't help but choke back tears. Walker tragically died in a car crash in 2013 after a charity event in the middle of shooting Furious 7. Production came to a standstill, but Diesel, the cast, and crew resumed filming as a means to honor Walker's legacy.
"He took a lot of pride in this franchise and he'd be smiling down at the idea of us actually doing what we talked about, which is going to the 10th chapter."
While rumors may be swirling that Diesel is set to direct the Furious 8 film, Vin vehemently denies it. While his mother may be pushing him to put on a director's hat, he feels he doesn't have the time.
The The Last Witch Hunter hits theaters October 23rd. Be sure to check out Vin Diesel in all his bearded glory as he fights evil like the badass warrior he truly is.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]