Vin Diesel has mourned his friend and "Fast & Furious" co-star Paul Walker publicly on Facebook ever since the actor died suddenly Nov. 30, but his latest contribution, an 18-minute video of behind-the-scenes moments between the two actors, is both poignant and retrospectively eerie.
(Note: Video has some lightly raunchy talk, but no obvious vulgarities.)
Diesel posted the collection of snippets from interviews and backstage happenings on Facebook Tuesday, and it quickly garnered nearly 800,000 likes. In the video, he and Walker pal around and laugh; Diesel calls Walker "Pablo" and there is even a round of "Happy Birthday." But Diesel clearly curated some sections with specific intent.
There's a brief, hard-to-decipher exchange around the 8:40 mark, in which the pair appear to be on one of the "Furious" sets, and Walker asks, "Was it a Speedster that James Dean died in?" to which Diesel chuckles and walks off camera, asking, "That's the one you'd take?"
(Actor James Dean did race in a Porsche Speedster 23F, but died in 1955 at the age of 24 when his Porsche 550 Spyder crashed; Walker was 40 when he died after a Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole and a tree.)
Later, around the 13:50 mark, the talk takes a more specific turn to how lucky the pair have been to be making "high risk" movies with minimal injury. During a segment for Moviefone, "Unscripted," Diesel says, "The problem with these movies is they’re great to watch but sometimes they can be a little high-risk to make. ... We’re kind of grateful that we’re still alive and walking around. Paul had an injury in a fight scene in 'Fast 6' ... after a while it’s inevitable that there’d be an accident."
Adds Walker, "It happens. You consider, though, what we’ve done, and how long we’ve been doing it, it’s playing with fire. Eventually something’s going to happen, that’s just the reality. I think we’ve been really fortunate."
In light of Walker's death, the words resonate with a particular chill. Diesel, who has directed films before, clearly knew what he was doing by including those segments. But he does end the video on an up note, saying during the Moviefone interview, "It's a blessing to be able to work with your brother on and off-screen."
First published January 8 2014, 7:47 AM