Vin Diesel accepted two awards on behalf of the film Furious 7 at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night. During his speech, he held back tears and he became emotional remembering his dear friend and co-star, the late actor Paul Walker.
As Vin was on stage accepting the awards for Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Film, he told the audience that the Fast and Furious film franchise was a labor of love and a dream come true for him.
"When we didn't want to come back to filming when the tragedy was too heavy, it was the love of everyone combined that saw us through to the end," he said, speaking of Paul's tragic death in 2013.
You know, as I was coming up here, I always do this. I say I'm not going to get emotional about winning these awards, and I was cool when I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards. One for favorite action movie and one for favorite film. You all thought that this was your favorite film. I think of [characters] Dom and Brian and I start to think of Paul.
That's when Vin got emotional and fought to keep the tears back. Then, he left the audience with a special surprise. He sang "See You Again" from the film's soundtrack.
"I thank you so much and the only thing I can say now," he said as he began to sing. "'It's been a long day without you, my friend, and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.'"
He managed to keep his promise to himself and not cry during the speech. But you absolutely will.
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