Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson is convinced his late co-star Paul Walker would not have wanted their blockbuster franchise to end on the account of his death.
The 40-year-old actor was in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7 when he tragically died in a car crash last year (Nov13), but studios bosses decided to carry on with the movie, despite losing one of its main stars.
Gibson defended the move during a TV interview with Queen Latifah on Monday (03Mar14), insisting his friend was such a big fan of the films, he would not have wanted his tragedy to bring the series to an abrupt end.
He explained, "We (the cast) just want y'all to know that Paul was so passionate about Fast & the Furious. There's no way he would want the (Fast & the Furious) franchise to shut down because the movie is successful for a reason.
"If you all could just show up and look at somebody in the movie that you identify with... the global impact of the movie must continue on behalf of the franchise."
Gibson also showed his gratitude for all the well wishes and condolences fans have sent Walker's family and friends.
He added, "Thank you all for all your prayers and energy that you all sent towards the family as well as us (the cast). A lot of times we take people praying for us for granted. But we have been able to find our smile again and kind of have our spirits come up after losing someone that we all adored. We adored Paul Walker. He was just a great guy."
Filming for the seventh instalment of the racing franchise was put on indefinite hiatus after Walker's death, but bosses have confirmed production will continue in April (14), with a release date set for April, 2015.