Action film buffs all over the world were excited to see the action-racing franchise ‘Fast and Furious’ return to the screens last weekend. According to Cinema Blend, the latest installment ‘Furious 7’ racked over $140 million over the weekend. The team of Vin Diesel, late Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and more were back for more crashes, chaos and fast cars. Jason Statham was introduced as the villain and veteran action star Kurt Russell also made an appearance.
Due to the unfortunate death of Paul Walker in a car crash back in 2013, the film utilized CGI and his brothers featuring as body doubles. It is possible the hype surrounding Walker’s character Bryan O’Connor ‘s on-screen fate sold out theaters worldwide. Without spoiling much, it was an ending more deserving than his real-life death. However, the ending would have been a bit different had Walker still been alive and kicking today.
Collider quoted director James Wan saying, “The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast and Furious franchise could go into. And that’s obviously very smart of them to think so. But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant. So it did not matter anymore, all of that stuff. And to the studio’s credit, they did not push for that. They realized how important it was to make a movie that finishes and that just outright is a tribute to Paul Walker. So I give them a lot of credit for being bigger than that and going along with this ending that is the right ending to go with.”
Wan wanted to make sure that Walker gets the right homage in the film. “When I first heard the news, I was shell-shocked like everyone, and it took me days to come to terms with it. And then after that, heartbreaks started sinking in and we realized that Paul [Walker] wasn’t going to be around with us anymore moving forward. And it was a really hard one. And finishing the movie was the last thing on my mind at that point. It was more the idea of you know, picking up the pieces, going back on set, you know rallying the team, the cast, and the crew, and as the director having to put on the brave face and sort of like champion and push everyone along, the idea of that was very daunting for me. But it became very apparent to all of us that we needed to finish this movie to honor Paul’s legacy and to basically honor his memories, and moving forward that became our number one goal. Like nothing else mattered, it was about making this movie for Paul”, he said.