Vin Diesel Thinks Paul Walker's Ghost Helped Cast the Latest Fast & Furious Movie

The star said he had a special feeling that one cast member was sent to him directly by Paul Walker

Vin Diesel at the premiere of F9
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Vin Diesel has been playing the role of Dominic Toretto for 20 years now, and while no one is holding a magnifying glass up to the world that the Fast & Furious franchise has created, he claims he still feels the anxiety and pressure of getting everything just right. “The audience knows our mythology so much,” he told Kelly Clarkson while doing a press stop for the ninth installation of the franchise.

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In the latest film, after 20 years of a chosen family, the audience finally meets Toretto’s biological brother, played by John Cena. Diesel told Clarkson that the decision on who should play this seminal role gave him anxiety. “Obviously I’m multicultural. You could’ve cast anybody to be my brother,” he said stating something not all that obvious. Diesel then went on to explain that he created a “shrine” where he was doing his training for the film and “[getting] into the Dom state of mind.”

On one blessed day, John Cena entered the shrine and as Diesel explained it to Clarkson, “I had this strange feeling... that Paul Walker had sent him.” Now, in reality, Rachel Tenner, the film’s casting director, is probably the person who sent John Cena in there, along with a slew of Cena’s well-paid agents. But if Diesel needs to believe that a ghost is behind the continuation of this franchise in order to make it to that tenth movie then so be it. May all the ghosts light his way. [People]


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I get the impression that Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were real friends, really in one another’s lives, and that Diesel truly felt (and feels) Walker’s death, and mourns him still. They were the top-billed co-stars in a franchise that spanned more than decade, so in a very real sense, they built this thing. I can understand how, in the mythology of Diesel’s life (as he thinks about it,) his continued work on the franchise is (aside from the very obvious economic benefits,) may mean something more to him than just his most lucrative income stream, and perhaps operates as a way to stay close to Walker’s memory. Diesel is not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, person to ascribe what they believe to be good fortune, providence, or other serendipitous events to the intervention of loves ones who have passed away.