With reporting by Nicole Pajer
It's safe to say that "Furious 7" hasn't had the smoothest road. Star Paul Walker passed away in a single-car accident in November 2013, halting production for several weeks. A decision had to be made of how to proceed after Walker's death, a dilemma solved by employing a combination of post-production effects and Walker's brothers to finish the actor's remaining scenes.
Now, the final product is about to hit theaters, with a touching tribute to Walker at the end of the film, as well as a dedication to the late actor. At a press day ahead of the film's release, the cast told MTV News about how they felt seeing the finished product, a sequence Dwayne Johnson called "incredibly emotional."
"It's emotional for me, it's emotional for audiences when they see it, because I love Paul," Johnson said. "I miss that man. I really miss him. He's like a brother. He was like a brother to all of us."
Jordana Brewster, who played Walker's on-screen wife throughout the series, called Walker "the best part about shooting these."
"I have 15 years of memories, and I don't have one bad memory of Paul," she said.
Vin Diesel, who has been very public with fans about his grief over Walker's passing, even naming his new daughter Pauline, gave kudos to the cast and crew for the tribute.
"I think everyone came together and brilliantly honored this angel," he said.
"Furious 7" hits theaters April 3.