Ludacris Says Filming ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Without Paul Walker Was “Definitely Hard”
It's been nearly a year since Paul Walker's untimely death, but the wounds are still fresh for friends and family members. Although Walker's legacy will forever live on, many won't get that last bit of closure until seeing his final film, Fast & Furious 7, which hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Now that filming has wrapped for the 7th installment of the mega motion picture series, Ludacris spoke to XXL about the experience and what it was like filming without Paul Walker.
Although it was a tough time for the entire cast, Ludacris says that they worked through the hardships, all for the legacy of Walker. "It was definitely difficult, but at a certain time, we all came together and understood," Ludacris exclusively told XXL. "We was 75 percent done before his untimely death. Us coming back together was definitely hard but there was also an understanding that we were going to finish this movie because that’s what he would have wanted us to do. Continue his legacy and leave an extremely huge mark with this film."
Ludacris, who debuted into the franchise in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, worked alongside Walker for nearly a decade. The film marked the beginning of the rapper's film career and has continued with him for the past 11 years.
As far as what to expect in the last installment of the series, Ludacris assures that fans will not be disappointed. "I think people’s breath is going to be taken away when they watch this one," he said. "April 3rd, 2015, it will be out." —Miranda Johnson