Vin Diesel felt Paul Walker’s presence

Vin Diesel (Bang)
Vin Diesel (Bang)

Vin Diesel felt Paul Walker was with him at a handprint ceremony yesterday.

The ‘Fast and Furious 7’ actor paid tribute to his late co-star – who died in a car accident in November 2013 – after having his hands and feet immortalised in cement in front of the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

He said: “I don’t feel his absence today, that’s the irony, I feel he’s here today… and the whole objective of doing ‘Furious 7’ was to make him proud and something tells me he is going to be very proud.”

As well as franchise co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black and Nathalie Emmanuel, Vin was joined at the ceremony by girlfriend Paloma Jiminez and their oldest two children, Hania, six, and four-year-old Vincent, but the couple’s new baby, Pauline, stayed at home.

During a speech at the ceremony, the 47-year-old star passed on advice his father had given him.

He said: “Teach a child confidence and you don’t need to teach them anything else.”

And afterwards, the actor admitted he felt pressured to say something significant because of the prestigious occasion.

He said: “What goes through my mind above everything is what can I say to make this moment worthy? I’m being honoured, what wisdom can I impart? What can I say to a future generation? What can I say to our generation? That’s all that is going through my mind and it’s not something I want to write down before I come here, I want it to be pure and organic.”