Actor Paul Walker’s death in 2013 broke all of our hearts surely but it also had many effects on Fast and Furious franchise. The 7th movie was delayed and the produciton team had to bring in Walker’s brothers as stand ins as well as wrote the script to honor Walker in a better way.
As a result, fans moved to theatres to say goodbye to Walker making Furious 7 the sixth highest grossing movie of all times at the box office. It would not be possible without Paul’s brothers as stand ins, though.
Here is what they said to Entertainment Tonight in relation to beacoming Paul:
We got to understand more about Paul and what he was all about. We had to share Paul with a lot of people, in a weird way. He was gone a lot, he was filming, so we missed him. Sometimes at the holidays he wasn’t always there, you know? He tried. We’d see him on set, we visited a few times, but to kind of get that closure, and understanding…Paul was really special.
Unlike Paul (may his soul rest in peace), his character Brian O’Conner may not have left the world of Fast & Furious franchise. Caleb Walker, one of Paul’s brother said that Vin Diesel called him recently to pick their minds about whether it “would be acceptable to maybe bring Paul’s character back…to really kind of let his fans know he’s still out there.” His other brother, Cody added “Universal wants to make sure to be respectful of Paul and his image too, and his family.” Looks like Paul Walker might be a part of Fast 8 next year or another future movie – although it might be only as cameos.