Friday 19 December 2014

'Fast & Furious 7' wraps with tribute to Paul Walker from Michelle Rodriguez and cast

Published 11/07/2014 | 11:20

Michelle Rodriguez posted a pic to her Instagram account on the last day of filming with Vin Diesel on 'Fast & Furious 7'
Michelle Rodriguez posted a pic to her Instagram account on the last day of filming with Vin Diesel on 'Fast & Furious 7'

Michelle Rodriguez paid tribute to Paul Walker as Fast & Furious 7 wrapped.

The actress posed in the front seat of a car with Vin Diesel in a photo posted on her Instagram account as she gave a nod to their co-star, who passed away in a fiery crash while on break from filming late last year.

“Ride or Die through thick and thin 15 yrs later surreal to think we made it through such a tough painful production. But this ones for you P I hope we make you proud love you,” she wrote.

The image followed moments after another showing members of the cast and crew raising their hands in the air as they gathered in the middle of a desert.

“Final day on FF7 an emotional roller coaster but we’ve wrapped most of principle photography one love to all those who stuck it through with respect,” the 35-year-old actress added.

Michelle’s messages also followed a touching note to fans posted earlier in the day on the film’s Facebook page.

“We made it. Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7. We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here,” the note reads.

The announcement also expressed everyone who worked on the action flick were devastated when Paul passed.

“Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul,” the statement continued in part.

“All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.”

The action film is slated for release next spring.

 

THE FULL STATEMENT:

We made it.

Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7.

We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here.

There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.

Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.

Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.

There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work.

Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul.

All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.

Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn’t have gotten here without you.

The countdown to April 10 begins.

With love,

Your FAST & FURIOUS Family

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