Vin Diesel struggled to work after Paul Walker's death

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Vin Diesel found it difficult to get back to work on his new movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' following his late 'Fast and Furious' co-star Paul Walker's death.

Vin Diesel struggled to work following Paul Walker's death.

The 46-year-actor found it "challenging" to return to the set of his new movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' following his 'Fast and Furious' co-star's death last November.

Diesel put his energy into his work and focussed on his portrayal of Groot, who he lends his voice to in the sci-fi-adventure, and found this "therapeutic".

During a Facebook Q&A on Monday (19.05.14), he said: "It was very personal- it was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since.

"Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic- especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing- and it may have been more challenging under other circumstances, but at that time, it was very therapeutic."

Walker - who starred alongside Vin for over a decade in the 'Fast and Furious' movie franchise - died along with his friend Roger Rodas on November 30 after the Porsche Carrera GT they were travelling in crashed into a tree and burst into flames in California.

The coroner listed speed as the lone reason for the fatal crash after investigators found no sign of mechanical fault.

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
  • UK release: 31 July 2014

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances…

Fast & Furious 7

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 140 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: Chris Morgan
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Lucas Black, Jason Statham
  • UK release: 3 April 2015

Deckard (Statham) is a Special Forces assassin determined to get revenge on the team after his brother has been left in a coma. With the shark rapidly receding in the wake of the franchise's waterskis, the latest instalment is insane but has a puppyish desperation to please, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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