When Paul Walker died in a car accident late last year, some worried that the seventh installment of The Fast and Furious franchise – which had already begun filming – wouldn’t be happening without its lead actor. However, Universal remained committed to the film and after the script was revised, filming restarted.
There was still question over what would happen to Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, and it was even rumored Fast & Furious 7 would kill off O’Conner. Thankfully, O’Conner will still appear in Fast & Furious 7 through a combination of footage from previous Fast and Furious films, CGI, body doubles, and motion-capture with the assistance of Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker. The entire ordeal is a massive undertaking, and one that’s already caused Fast & Furious 7‘s budget to grow far beyond its original expected cost.
The extra measures being taken to include Walker in the film are clearly taxing for the production, but if an article in the most recent issue of THR is to be believed, it’s not the only thing slowing down the film. According to their sources, Vin Diesel has become exceedingly uncooperative, even reportedly spending entire days locked in his trailer.
THR‘s insiders, who are of course unnamed sources, which mean these off-the-record comments, also claim Diesel called a meeting in his trailer with Universal executives to complain about the film’s troubled production. They go on to say Diesel’s attitude has only slowed the already delayed production even more, and has caused the crew’s morale to plummet.
If this all sounds very out of character for the actor, you’d be right. Until now, Diesel has appeared nothing but committed and supportive of Fast & Furious 7, and especially so after Walker’s passing. The two were more than co-stars, having become good friends after starring together in four Fast and Furious films.
On Diesel’s Facebook page (one of the best Facebook pages, by the way), the actor has shared his sentiments about Walker several times. He shared an unaired acceptance speech from the MTV Movie Awards where he and Walker won for Best Onscreen Duo, and most recently Diesel shared some heartwarming photos from the set of the cast reuniting after their loss.
Universal are also giving a different version of reported events, saying in a statement from Chairman Donna Langley:
“This production is working through some challenges that are historically unprecedented. The crew and cast, led by Vin, have been nothing but terrific under these circumstances.”
All of this evidence makes it appear unlikely that Diesel has been throwing tantrums on set, only further delaying the film. It’s entirely possible Diesel has spent more time than usual in his trailer as the production on this film must surely be an emotionally draining experience. But locking himself away and being uncooperative with the cast and crew? That certainly doesn’t sound like him.
What do you make of this on set gossip? Has Diesel turned diva, refusing to cooperate on set for Fast & Furious 7? Or is this simply a bunch of rubbish? Let us know what you think in comments below!
Fast & Furious 7 will hits theaters on April 10, 2015.