Tyrese, Vin Diesel Open Up About Returning to Fast & Furious 7 Without Paul Walker

Actors vow to restart production with "a strong prayer."

Posted: 03/21/2014 11:30 AM EDT

The show must go on for Paul Walker's colleagues in Fast & Furious 7. The late actor's presence dominated the thoughts of his co-stars Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel as they returned to Atlanta to resume filming, after production was put on abrupt hiatus following Walker's death on December 1.

"This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close even after the movie is over," Gibson told TooFab of the Fast & Furious crew. "It wasn't just losing a costar, he was family for real. That's why it took so long to recover."

The actor went on to say that he's not the same person he was when they left off with production several months ago. "Hopefully no one else is hurt during filming," he added.

"God's grace is all we have," he continued. "Before we start filming we are going to have a strong prayer. That will be the start, before we film anything. That's what is needed for us to do Fast & Furious 7."

Co-star Vin Diesel is similarly heavy-hearted about resuming production. "Only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this [movie] the best one in the series." The action star also shared an old photo of himself with Walker on Facebook, writing simply, "We are going back in this month, Pablo...I know you are with me."

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 (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

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