The world premiere of The Fate of the Furious was held at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, April 8.
While I did not have special tickets for the red carpet and meet the cast, I was fortunate enough to have gotten tickets for the general public.
The line outside the venue was ridiculously long. Although it stated on the ticket to not line up before 5pm, fans were already there beginning at noon. Word on the street was the line stretched 1.5 miles and only 4,000 lucky people would be able to get in. Doors opened a little at around 6pm and I finally made it inside right before 7pm.
The event finally was underway at 8pm when director F. Gary Gray walked out on stage. Moments later, Vin Diesel walked out, and the crowd went wild!
The actor thanked the fans for coming out to support not just the new film but the franchise in general. He also acknowledged his co-stars and stated that everyone was involved due to his late friend, Paul Walker, and he was thought of everyday on set.
“I just want you to know, there wasn’t a second we made this movie, not a minute … not a day that went by that we weren’t thinking about our brother, Pablo, and how to bring him into the movie and how to represent him and to make something that he will be proud of. Pablo, I hope you are proud tonight.”
Finally it was time to watch Furious 8. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did (mainly because Paul Walker is no longer here). There’s plenty of action, some surprises, and there’s no doubt that there will be a sequel.
The eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious series opens in theaters on Friday, April 14.