Vin Diesel — like the rest of Paul Walker’s loved ones — have struggled to cope with his untimely death in 2013.
The 48-year-old is now saying his role in The Last Witch Hunter has played a giant part in Vin’s healing process.
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"Death was a huge theme last year. There was something therapeutic about playing this role after going through (Walker's death),” he told the Associated Press on Friday.
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"The idea that someone immortal could be so melancholy. 2014 was a tough year for me in some ways - a lot of ways," Vin continued. "Playing a character that was masking his sorrow - his loss - was very appropriate for the time, because that's what I was doing in real life with the post-"Furious 7."
Vin also paid tribute to his Fast and the Furious co-star by naming his third daughter Pauline.
"There's no other person that I'm thinking about as I'm cutting this umbilical cord,” he said on Today in March. "I knew he was there and I felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my memory, a part of my world.”
The Last Witch Hunter premieres in the US on October 23.