Wednesday night’s world premiere of Universal’s “Furious 7” at the TCL Chinese offered a mix of lingering sadness over the death of beloved star Paul Walker combined with anticipation of a near-certain blockbuster.

The red carpet festivities remained light and bright. “You won’t be able to doze off because they made a great movie,” noted a beaming Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBC Universal.

Studio chair Donna Langley allowed that she’s not fazed by predictions of a record-setting opening for April. “If that bothers you, you’re in the wrong line of work,” she added.

In the minutes before the screening, Neal Moritz noted that he’s had the good fortune to be a producer on all seven films.

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Fast & Furious director on how they used CGI for Paul Walker’s unfinished scenes in the movie. VIDEO from tonight’s world premiere in Hollywood (via Variety Latino)

Posted by Variety on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“As you all know we lost someone very dear to us during the filming,”  he said. “Paul was the most decent, thoughtful, caring human being I have ever met. Losing him was a blow to all of us.”

Moritz then said be believed that Walker was taking in the scene with a smile. “We love you forever, Paul, and you will always be a part of all of us.”

A deeply moved Vin Diesel followed and advised the audience to appreciate friends and family “because you just don’t know if it’s the last time you’re going to see them.”

He also praised the studio, saying, “Thank you for making us feel loved.”

The post-screening bash at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was going strong past midnight. Director James Wan admitted he was relieved after seeing a strong reaction in one of the city’s largest venues.

“I was used to doing little horror films like ‘The Conjuring,'” he admitted.”This took two and a half years.”

 (Pictured: Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley, actor Vin Diesel and Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, at Universal Pictures’ “Furious 7” premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre)