It has been 17 years now when the very first The Fast and the Furious film was actually released. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriquez, and more. The amazing luxury car, street racing, with a couple of action scenes, was a breath of fresh air for Hollywood at that time which is why it ranked #1 at the box office and has managed to earn $207 million. This then led to a lot more films making it a franchise. In the past couple of years, there have 8 films in total, and it definitely made the public know its cast over these years.
In 2013, while on a Thanksgiving break filming their 7th film, an unfortunate and devastating event happened with one of the main cast members. Paul Walker got into a fatal car accident that then led to the actor’s death.
This then caused the film to be moved to 2015. The entire industry, most of all his co-stars in the film were all shocked and saddened by his passing. Walker managed to film most of his scenes, but his two brothers had to stand in to finish everything. His death is one of the major reasons why the film hit the $1 billion makers just after more than 2 weeks in the theaters.
The actor died at the age of 40, on the 30th of November in 2013. He was in his Porsche Carreras GT with his friend Roger Rodas, while coming back from a charity event to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Their car crashed on a street lamp with two trees that caught fire in Santa Clarita, California.
Walker was beyond recognizable since they were basically burned due to the fire. The said curve where the actor died was said to be a famous drifting spot. According to the investigation, the actor was neither drunk nor under the influence of any drug. They concluded that it was the car’s speed mixed with the age of the tires, were basically the main reason for the crash.
The seventh film, which marked the final film that Walker had to do, became an official tribute to the actor. Especially coming from his co-stars, who mostly been with him for more than ten years with the franchise.
Vin Diesel, who had been with Walker ever since the beginning of the franchise, even left an emotional message, saying that Walker had impacted so much in his life that he would always be his brother both on and off the screen. Diesel even had to visit the site where Walker crashed his car and thanked the fans for remembering his longtime friend.
Walker’s other co-stars who weren’t the film like Ludracis and Tyrese Gibson also felt very grateful to work with the late actor. Other celebrities like Jessica Alba, Ryan Philippe, Zoe Saldana and more.
I am Paul Walker
After 5 years of his tragic death, the first trailer of his documentary came out. From the director who also did the documentary of the late actor Heath Ledger, Adrian Buitenhuis, comes another heartbreaking documentary remembering another actor that has unfortunately left this world way too soon.
The said documentary will feature the life as well as some exclusive and never-before-seen footages of interviews from his co-stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise. It will also feature interviews with his closest friends and family. His co-star Tyrese Gibson even said in the trailer that the documentary would make people think why does it have it be him? The documentary will show what kind of man Walker was to his family, friends, and coworkers.
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Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGood
Walker’s mother even recalled the last time she spoke to her son. She even said that in the morning of his death, he was happily talking with his daughter, Meadow, while sitting on her kitchen. She also recalled how her son actually forgot about the event and rushed to go there, and at that moment, she had no idea it would be the last time he would talk to her, and the goodbye he said was meant to be the final one they will hear from him.
The documentary, I am Paul Walker, will be released on Paramount Network this coming August 11.