Unbelievably, it’s been nearly a year and a half since Paul Walker’s tragic death in a November 2013 car accident. The actor is most well known for his role in the extremely popular Fast And Furious franchise, and as fellow Fast actor Vin Diesel’s best friend.
Needless to say, last weekend’s Furious 7 debut garnered a whopping $146 million, and featured a special musical tribute to the late actor who was once (and still is) an instrumental figure in the franchise.
According to CNN, Walker’s (who died during filming) parts were completed using “stunt doubles, computer-generated images and even the actor’s brothers,” and the outpouring of fan sympathies in the Twitter-verse was enormous.
Again according to CNN, “Their idea was to have Brian retire from his dangerous, high-octane lifestyle out of a sense of responsibility to his growing family with girlfriend Mia, who is pregnant with their second child.
A scene late in the movie shows him and Mia playing on a beach with their son while the crew looks on -- essentially saying goodbye. Then his longtime buddy Dom reminisces about their years together, leading to a montage of Walker scenes from the first six movies.”
The last five minutes of the film is essentially a music video tribute using extant footage with the actor, and the song was a special collaboration between Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. The official video for the song mixes shots of both of the artists with the montage from the end of the film.
Since Vin Diesel’s posting of the official video last week, it has been viewed over 18.5 million times, and it’s extremely emotional. But don’t take our word for it, see the official video below and check out Furious 7 in theaters now.