Vin Diesel Pays Touching Tribute to Late Paul Walker as The Fast and Furious Receives Generational Accolades at the MTV Awards

Vin Diesel took a heartfelt moment to pay tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker as he accepted the Generation Award on behalf of The Fast and Furious franchise at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. The 49-year-old actor was joined on stage by co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Jordana Brewster as he honored Walker’s memory. Walker tragically passed away in a car accident on November 30, 2013, in Valencia, California.

Diesel expressed his gratitude for the support and love the franchise has received over the years. He emphasized that he could never talk about Fast and Furious without acknowledging Walker, referring to him as his brother. With a touch of emotion, Diesel addressed Walker, saying, “We hope you’re proud.” Having portrayed Dominic Toretto in the highly successful series for the past 16 years, Diesel reminisced about the early days of the franchise, recalling how he and Walker were awarded Best Duo by MTV in 2002. He marveled at the journey they had undertaken and the evolution of the series, culminating in the prestigious Generation Award that they were receiving together as a family 15 years later.

Recognizing the diverse demographics the Fast and Furious franchise has attracted, Diesel commended the audience for embracing a multicultural franchise where skin color and nationality were insignificant. To him, the series represents the concept that when you’re family, you’re family, regardless of differences. Diesel attributed the immense success of the franchise to a generation that welcomed this inclusive approach. He also acknowledged the contributions of castmates like Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, and Jason Statham, who joined the series and helped elevate its popularity.

In a previous event, Diesel credited Walker for the franchise’s accomplishments. During a screening in New York, he acknowledged that the film showcased exceptional talent that wouldn’t have been possible without Walker’s decades of dedication to the franchise. Diesel emphasized that every moment of making the movie was influenced by thoughts of Walker and how to incorporate him into the film in a way that would make him proud. It was evident that Walker’s presence and legacy were deeply cherished by Diesel and the entire Fast and Furious family.

Vin Diesel’s heartfelt tribute to Paul Walker at the MTV Movie and TV Awards served as a poignant reminder of the enduring bond between the cast and the impact Walker had on the beloved franchise. As Diesel accepted the Generation Award, his words resonated with appreciation, love, and respect for his late friend and the shared journey they embarked on together.