I’ll never forget walking out of a press screening a year ago last night of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and instead of a lobby full of film journalists talking about the explosive performance of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of that middle Hobbit movie, there was utter silence as everyone in the room looked hauntingly at their smart phones.
Paul Walker had died. And it is hard to believe that it has been a year since that awful day.
As anyone who watched that E! special that served as the debut of the Furious 7 trailer could tell, the cast of the seventh Fast and Furious movie is nowhere near getting over the loss of their beloved co-star and friend. As the crowd cheered the trailer’s conclusion and Maria Menounos tried to ask the cast questions about it, they all embraced and tears were flowing.
Well, in light of the year anniversary of Walker’s death, those co-stars took to social media to talk about the loss of their dear compatriot.
Vin Diesel took to his social media pages and posted the following beautiful sentiment:
“He was a part of so much in my life … long personal talks with my mother or babysitting the Alpha Angel … he took a certain pride in being uncle Pablo."
"After all, we were filming a scene in FF4 the day she was born, and he being the only one I told, encouraged me to go in and cut the umbilical cord."
"He was an important part of my transition into fatherhood, that healthy family member, with the most positive outlook on life. A year ago today ..."
"A year of mourning… and his absence still leaves me speechless."
Michelle Rodriguez too took to her social media pages and wrote, “I love you Paul. Your living in the hearts of all who love you for sure. Sending mad love out to Heaven @SupportROWW.”
Tyrese also remembered his dear friend by saying, "To this day his arm is still around my neck with love and protection… Rest in heaven…”
"In this life one would hope to be this ‘effective’ 1 year ago today God called an angel home early. I miss my brother I miss my friend and I miss OUR STAR!!!!!"
"Physically gone but forever alive in our minds, hearts and spirit… What was once tears of pain and shock are now tears of JOY celebrating all that you stood for…"
"Everyone worldwide please take 5 mins out of your day to send life, prayers and energy to Paul’s family his daughter Meadow and immediate circle today."
“A celebration of Paul William Walker will be echoed around the world."
Many fans also made a pilgrimage to the Santa Clarita, California site of the crash that claimed Walker.
And Movie Fanatic is beyond touched to have conducted one of the last Paul Walker interviews ever (the photo above is from it!). We miss him too.
Furious 7 lands in April. We. Can’t. Wait.
Rest in peace, Paul Walker.