LOS ANGELES — Vin Diesel says he lost it emotionally once while shooting the first Fast & Furious movie without fellow star and friend Paul Walker.
The acting "family" in The Fate of the Furious — Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel and Tyrese Gibson — had gathered to shoot the traditional barbecue scene hosted by Diesel's Dom Toretto.
That's when Diesel, 49, says it fully hit him that Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013 while shooting 2015's Furious 7, wouldn't attend the meal as his Furious character Brian O'Conner,
"I had never done a barbecue scene without him. And every time I had ever done a barbecue scene, the first thing I was always asked is, 'Where does Paul sit? Where does Brian sit?' And that wasn’t happening," says Diesel, "And I just cracked and broke down and had to walk off set to collect myself. That was the only time I wasn’t strong enough to keep it together."