Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Ongoing Feud Before Walker’s Death: Reports
Paul Walker, left, and Vin Diesel, are shown in a scene from "Fast & Furious." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jaimie Trueblood)
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Paul Walker, who died on November 30, was in an ongoing feud with “Fast & Furious” co-star Vin Diesel, reports claim.
The feud reportedly developed while the pair were negotiating contracts for the fourth installment of the popular film series.
A source told the National Enquirer, a tabloid, that Vin Diesel, who was a producer on the film in addition to being one of the actors, “made a major cash-grab.”
“Paul said Vin was a ‘bully,’ and he had to fight Vin for every little thing in his contract,” the source claimed. “It got so bad that Paul brought his entire business and legal team along every time they had a business meeting. During their negotiations, Paul complained that Vin was standoffish and even borderline sinister.”
Sources added to ShowBizSpy that Vin Diesel’s claims that he and Walker were like brothers are not true.
“Paul was close to several people on the set, but they were cameramen, stuntmen and other production people Paul genuinely liked,” said one of the sources. “He tried to keep his feuding with Vin out of the public eye for the good of the franchise, but when the cameras were off, Paul avoided him like the plague.”
A source claimed that Walker’s “true friends” are upset with “Vin’s hypocrisy,” because “they know how nasty he was to Paul when Paul was alive.”
But a source also told the National Enquirer that Diesel “has told friends he hates himself for feuding with Paul and feels terribly guilty about how he treated Paul while he was alive.”
“Vin is shattered over Paul’s death,” a purported friend of Walker’s said.
“He’s broken down in tears several times and said he wishes Paul would just walk in the door, tell him this was all a bad dream and forgive him.”
Diesel recently shared a photo of himself and Walker in a scene from “Fast & Furious 7,” saying that it was the last scene they had filmed together and that “There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…”
The actor said in previous posts that Brian O’Conner, Walker’s character, was a brother “on and off screen,” and that Walker had a “profound impact” on everyone, including Vin Diesel. Diesel also said that he flew back to Walker’s mother’s house when he heard of the death.
“I thought they needed my strength, but realized when I got there and broke down before his family, that it was I who needed theirs,” he said. “His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry… I said sorry? You’re the mother who lost a son?… She said yes, but you lost your other half.”