Gone, but certainly not forgotten!
Less than two weeks before the late Paul Walker appears on the big screen for Furious 7, his co-stars continue to remember a special man who lived a life very few A-listers could maintain.
“He was pretty transparent. He wasn’t very Hollywood in that he was always very himself, which I think is also very rare,” Jordana Brewster told E! News this weekend in Los Angeles. “He was so genuine and he lived every single day to its fullest so I think he led a really good example.”
His kindness and enthusiasm for life both on and off screen made the mourning process extremely difficult for the entire cast. But despite the pain and suffering, the on-screen family knew their brother would want the show to go on.
“We prayed a lot. And we had to pull it together as only a family would,” Tyrese Gibson explained to Maria Menounos. “The natural inclination is to want to stop and quit. Paul is not selfish. He never was selfish.”
He continued, “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.”
Once the film is released on April 3 nationwide, Ludacris warns audiences that they will experience plenty of feelings as the franchise pays tribute to Walker in the best way possible.
“I don’t think there was a better way to honor his legacy in terms of how creative we got at the end of the film,” he teased. “People will be crying, 100 percent. This entire movie is like an emotional roller coaster.”
And even though the cameras have stopped rolling for now, the cast has taken away countless life lessons that often come after tragedy.
“It’s taught me to forgive faster, kiss slower, hug longer and if you have any issues with anybody, put it on the table,” Tyrese explained. “Because it’s arrogant to believe the next seconds of life belong to us.”
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