A ‘Furious 7’ fan frenzy
Thousands of fans turned up at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre to see Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris and other favorite stars at the Wednesday premiere of “Furious 7.” Fan loyalty and cast bonds deepened when Paul Walker was killed in a car accident in late 2013, midway through production on “Furious 7.” Some of Walker’s scenes were completed with the aid of special effects. His brothers Cody and Caleb also acted as stand-ins. Diesel approached fans across the street to sign some autographs and take selfies as screams from the crowd echoed across the street. Instead of a red carpet, celebrities walked down a black carpet resembling a race path.
Inside the theater, producer Neal Moritz, who has stayed with the franchise since the beginning, took the opportunity to remember and honor Walker’s memory and thank everyone involved with the franchise. “We know Paul is smiling down on all of us right now,” Moritz said. “We love you dearly, Paul. And you will always be part of all of us.” After a brief pause and a sigh, Diesel said to the audience, “This movie is more than a movie. You’ll feel it when you see it.”