A tearful Vin Diesel honored his late friend Paul Walker at an early screening of “The Fate of the Furious” Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 21: Actor Vin Diesel arrives at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious 6" on May 21, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

During an early screening of “The Fate of the Furious” at Wednesday’s CinemaCon, star Vin Diesel paid tribute to his late friend and franchise costar Paul Walker, who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2013. During his speech, the actor revealed that it was Walker’s idea to do an eighth “Fast and Furious” film.

“It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel said, adding that it was the reason they went forward with the eighth movie in Walker’s absence. “It played over and over again in my brain.”

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He then went on to honor the man he has called his best friend by saying that Walker continues to live in through the movie’s characters.

“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” he said. “You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood for our millennium. There’s something beautiful about that. There’s something celebratory about that.”

Next, Diesel reportedly covered his eyes with his hand as he fought back tears.

“I always feel like he’s looking down on us, so we didn’t want to let him down,” he said.

Fellow “The Fate of the Furious” actor Tyrese Gibson added, “We move and operate in the memory of Paul Walker.”

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