As The Fate of the Furious hits movie screens across the globe, one man in particular reflects on the absence of franchise stalwart, Paul Walker.
Paul William Walker IV died in a car accident on November 30 2013. He was 40-years-old. Almost four years on, his father has shared some profound and heart-breaking thoughts on the Fast and Furious franchise, in the wake of the cast’s touching tribute to Paul.
You can watch the scene in memoriam of Paul Walker from Fast & Furious 7 below:
Of The Fate of The Furious, Paul Walker Snr told The Daily Mail:
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see it. But when I did, thankfully, I was surrounded by friends, some who knew Paul since when he was a little kid, and it was really wonderful.
We all really liked it, it was a very fun movie. You know, I think Paul would’ve loved it. I can see him saying to me: “Dad, you gotta see it, it’s crazy.” That’s exactly what he would’ve said.
I think the cast and the directors did Paul proud. I hope the cast all become a bunch of old, toothless men before they stop making them.
Paul would be very happy that they made another one. That’s all he wanted, he wanted it to be just fun. His thinking was Fast & Furious had to be just fun.
You can watch Paul as Brian O’Conner make his racing debut in the clip below:
The Hollywood actor and adrenaline junkie joined the Fast and Furious franchise back in 2001, at the beginning of the street racing epic action saga.
He dazzled audiences with his stunt work, as well as his grasp of the human condition in some of the more emotionally-charged film scenes.
You can watch Paul nailing a stunt scene in this clip from Fast & Furious 7 – his last film – below:
Walker Snr said:
That was pretty cool, of course I loved that they paid tribute to Paul. It was a fitting tribute. Paul would appreciate all of the tributes, he would feel really honoured. I know he’d feel embarrassed by it, but very honoured.
The grieving father continued:
He always said: “I just want this franchise to go on and on.” It allowed him to do some hard, dramatic parts too when he worked outside the franchise.
But he did used to say that doing the more dramatic parts would take a lot out of him physically and emotionally.
Paul’s father, who says he became ‘a bit of a recluse’ after his son’s death, keeps a journal to ‘remember the things Paul said when he was a little fellow and write them down’.
One such thought from a young Paul reads: “I love very deeply”. Of the touching sentiment, Walker Snr said: “I can’t believe how profound he was when he was so young.”
The proud father is convinced his son – who did endless charity work behind the scenes and was known for scolding cruel directors who upset actors – was ‘one of Hollywood’s good guys’ who wasn’t afraid of anything.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.