Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paul Walker
The first public screening of the last Fast & Furious film Paul Walker made before he died has left audiences in tears at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.

Furious 7 is the actor's final appearance as law enforcement officer Brian O'Connor in the franchise.

In the film, Vin Diesel's character says "those who are lost go on in the hearts of the living" and that was how it felt for many fans attending the midnight screening on Sunday.

Walker, 40, died as a passenger in a one-car crash in Santa Clarita, California, in November 2013.

Before the screening, the film's producer Neal Moritz appealed to viewers not to reveal what becomes of Walker's character in the film. 

"We honestly lost a dear friend, brother, comrade, while we were making this movie," Moritz said. "When we decided we were going to continue this movie, we were determined to honour his legacy and our love for him."

Walker had completed most of his scenes before his death, but Universal Pictures was forced to put production on hold to figure out how to continue filming without him.

Walker's brothers stepped in for a few remaining scenes, which make a seamless transition in the completed film.

Walker's character Brian appears within the first 15 minutes as a settled family man, but he's restless for the underworld of crime, illegal street racing and heists led by Diesel's Dominic.

The film ended with a tribute to Walker, closing with the words "For Paul" written in black against a white backdrop.

The Fast & Furious franchise has grossed more than $2bn globally.

SXSW is an annual film and music festival which takes place in Austin, Texas.

:: Furious 7 will be released in the UK on 3 April.

Credits: Orange News

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