Rita Moreno reveals the ‘touching’ way ‘Fast X’ pays tribute to Paul Walker

Rita Moreno attends the 94th Academy Awards in March. She will appear in the next summer movie fast X, opposite Vin Diesel. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

When you are with Vin Diesel, you are family. Silver screen legend Rita Moreno has had an audition The Fast and the Furious The franchise’s patriarchal family way straight when I flew to London to film a small role next summer, X is fast. EGOT Laureate West Side Story The star plays Dom Toretto’s grandmother, Abuela Toretto, currently in the tenth installment of the series, and tells Yahoo Entertainment that the experience has been “amazing.”

“I went to London for it, because that’s where they shoot these movies,” Moreno revealed while discussing her upcoming Lifetime Vacation movie, Santa bootcamp. “I had a couple of scenes shot in her little backyard. There was supposed to be a dinner with all his people – they all come to Abuela’s house for a wonderful dinner.”

But an important one The Fast and the Furious No family member was able to attend the Abu Ela meeting in person. Nine years ago this month, Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident during the production of 2015 angry 7. While his character — Dom’s rival-turned-surrogate brother Brian O’Conner — is still alive and well in the franchise’s universe, Brian has understandably sat out of Team Toretto’s subsequent adventures. (Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, served as backups for the remainder of the season angry 7 shoot, and some speculated that they could fill in again for a potential Brian cameo X is fast.)

Since 2013, Diesel has kept his friend’s spirit alive with emotional tributes on social media and tributes on film. (Diesel is also godfather to Walker’s daughter, Meadow, and he walked her down the aisle last year for her wedding to Louis Thornton Allan.) Moreno says the latter tradition has continued in X is fast set, which is being overseen by director Louis Leterrier after original actor Justin Lin left the film earlier this year.

There was an empty chair [at the table]you remember. I said, “He’s supposed to sit in this?” They said: Paul. I thought, “Wow, that was really very touching.” [Vin] I really love him. Their relationship was great.”

Looks like Diesel and Moreno now fast friends as well. The actor personally recruited her for the role, announcing her casting in a video posted to the franchise’s official YouTube channel earlier this year. “It’s forever been my dream to work with Rita Moreno,” Diesel said at the time. “The fact that she’s here playing with my grandmother makes my soul smile. I’m so lucky.”

“He’s a fan,” Moreno now gasps. “Who would have guessed? Vin Diesel is a fan of me! He thinks I’m swell, and I think the same way. He’s a real family man, by the way. A very serious family man with an adorable wife and kids.” We can’t wait to see Abuela Toretto behind the wheel fast 11.

X is fast Races in theaters May 19, 2023.

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