Producer Neal Moritz asked audience members to honor Paul Walker's memory by not spoiling the ending.
'Furious 7' is the latest movie in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise and the cult-classic series had a surprise screening at South by Southwest Film Festival Sunday Night, which reportedly left the audience in tears and cheers.
Neal Moritz, who has produced all seven films in the franchise, appeared in front of the crowd to introduce the last-minute (literally, as he explained, the screening had been added Sunday morning after “I woke up yesterday and I was reading all these great articles about SXSW and I was like, ‘what the f–k? Why is ‘Furious 7′ not there?’”) and to plead for audience members not to share the ending for one particular character: the one played by the late Paul Walker.
“On a serious side: We obviously lost a dear friend, brother, comrade when we were making this movie,” Moritz said of Walker. “He was really the best guy I ever met in my world — in my life. When we decided we were going to continue this movie, we were determined to honor his legacy and our love for him forever. I just want to ask one big favor of everybody. You guys are going to get to see the movie tonight without knowing what happens to Paul’s storyline. Whatever you want to say after the movie is cool, but please let future audiences see it the way you’re going to see it tonight.”
Paul Walker died in a car accident in November 2013, midway through filming "Furious 7." Most of his scenes were already filmed, but director James Wan made it clear that the movie would be rewritten to give a resolution for Walker's character.
'Furious 7' will hit theaters on April 3.
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