The Furious 7 Cast's Most Moving Quotes About Paul Walker
As the Furious 7 cast makes the press rounds to promote their new film, they've shared more than a few thoughtful, heartfelt quotes about Paul Walker to pay tribute to the late actor. Vin Diesel opened up about naming his newborn daughter after his longtime friend, saying it felt like "a way to keep his memory a part of [his] family." Meanwhile, both Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez talked about how they struggled with Paul's death, saying that his life and legacy inspired them to move forward. It's both touching and inspiring to see the cast keep Paul's memory alive, so ahead of the movie's upcoming release, check out the Furious 7 trailer, listen to Wiz Khalifa's sentimental song for the movie, then take a look at some of the cast's most moving quotes to honor Paul Walker.
- On naming his daughter after Paul: "It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world."
- On feeling his presence when his baby was born: "There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just . . . knew he was there."
- On the last thing he said to Paul: "'If I do die, let them know what kind of brother I've been to you.' I've played that over in my head countless times. That's the last time I ever saw him."
- On finishing the movie for him: "There was fear. Could I finish playing Dom with such a broken heart? . . . I thought what Paul would really want me to do was finish it. So that's what I did."
- On his first day back on set: "I'm supposed to be in killer mode . . . I went through three boxes of tissues, and I felt so bad. I felt so embarrassed. I had always been the kind of actor that other actors respect. I was just failing so hard. My nose was running and my eyes were tearing. I had to walk off set to try to get all the fluids out. I couldn't contain my emotion, and thus it became the toughest film I ever had to shoot."
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- On missing Paul: "I couldn't wait to talk about [the movie] because it's an opportunity to talk about Paul. I miss him, I love him."
- On making the film in Paul's memory: "It was an opportunity for us to try and find a balance between entertaining the audience but also paying a respectful tribute to him . . . Paul is beautifully honored at the end of the film."
- On Paul being a "great dude": "He was truly one of the good guys — a great dude who didn't take himself too seriously, loved what he did, understood the business of the business. You got the real deal, genuine guy when you got him. So it's important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can."
- On how the cast grieved together: "Loss like that also has a way of making us love better, love stronger, appreciate our loved ones and our family that much more, when we wake up and when we go to bed."
- On supporting Paul's memory: I've been wearing this sweater [of Paul Walker's face] as my tribute to Paul for two days in a row now because while you are interviewing me, I want him to be on everyone's mind because it's not about me."
- On how the cast leaned on one another: "We prayed a lot. And we had to pull it together as only a family would. The natural inclination is to want to stop and quit. Paul is not selfish. He never was selfish."
- On how losing Paul changed his perspective: "It's taught me to forgive faster, kiss slower, hug longer and if you have any issues with anybody, put it on the table. Because it's arrogant to believe the next seconds of life belong to us."
- On struggling after losing Paul: "I went crazy a little bit. I went pretty crazy. A lot of the stuff I did last year I would never do had I been in my right mind."
- On the challenges of moving forward: "I felt like nothing I could do could make me feel alive, so I just kept pushing myself harder and harder. I was traveling and I was having sex. And I was just trying to ignore everything that I was feeling."
- On her friendship with Paul: "I could see Paul once every two years and just know there was another human on the planet who's deep like me, who loves like that. When that disappears, you wonder, 'Wait a minute, what do I hold on to?' There was nothing to tether me to this existence: 'Why am I f*cking here? And, like, why'd you leave without me?'"
- On finding a new sense of purpose: "I just woke up [one morning] with a profound respect for living. I stood tall one day and I said, 'You know what, Michelle? Stop f*cking hiding. Go manifest.'"