Vin Diesel opened the premiere of Universal’s seventh “Fast and Furious” film, “Furious 7” in Los Angeles on Monday.
Diesel spoke to the crowd before the premiere and he gave a touching tribute to his co-star and bestfriend Paul Walker who died in November 2013 in a tragic car crash.
“This was a labor of love. It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do,” Diesel said. “Because the relationships that you see on film are so real. When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother. Tonight…”
The crowd gave the 47-year-old actor words of encouragement as he gets emotional and chokes up in the middle of his speech. One person shouted “You got family here, Vin,” to which Diesel replied, “Oh, I love that.”
He then went on and thanked the audience for being his family, for taking care of them and for believing in them.
“Please know that we made this movie from our hearts, and know that this is our gift to you. And more importantly, it’s for my brother there. Let it be the legacy we know he deserves, ” Diesel said to end his emotional speech while pointing to an image of Walker on the screen.
“Furious 7”, which also features cameos from the late actor’s brothers Caleb and Cody Walker, arrives in theaters on April 3, 2015.