Paul Walker - Still Alive In The Fast And Furious Family?!
Now, who doesn’t remember Paul Walker from one of his most memorable roles as Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious series? His untimely passing was a shock to many and we are sure that many of you will remember him with a lot of nostalgia but you’re not the only ones. In fact, his castmates have paid tribute to the late actor in the best way. What did Vin Diesel and Cody Walker, Paul’s brother, do that got everyone talking about them? Why did fans go crazy online with news about the new release of the new Fast and Furious movie when it was first announced? What have been the most touching statements about the actor’s life that continue to resonate with people even after his passing? You will find the answers to all these questions and much more so make sure you read until the end to find out all about this tribute.
Paul Would Have Loved This
In this article, we are also going to touch upon the new Fast and Furious movie so if you had not watched it yet, spoiler alert! Walker, who had lost his life in a car accident in 2013, has left his mark over time as being part of the cast of this famous saga. His character is adored by fans, and not only them but also by those close to the actor. In fact, his brother had said that Vin Diesel and the rest of the cast of the Fast and Furious saga, had said that the producers of the film had made the right decision in the seventh film, by letting the character of Brian O’Conner drive into the sunset. Cody Walker had also added that he thinks his brother would ‘get a kick out of where it's gone’.
A Trip To Space?!
And it’s only been 20 years since Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner raced their cars through the streets of Los Angeles for the first time. It has now evolved into a saga that has touches of science fiction, espionage, action, and much more. And by that last one, it’s because it really is a lot more. The Fast and Furious franchise has reached a point where anything can happen, in fact, in this latest movie, unimaginable things had happened in mind-blowing scenarios, including some of the characters going to space!
So Much Money!
This saga has grossed over $5.8billion dollars worldwide and ranks as the tenth highest-grossing and most profitable movie series of all time, with several media outlets reporting that it has become Universal’s biggest movie series to date. Coming up to the release of the ninth installment there had been many troubles, especially given that the release date was changed more than 3 times. And according to Screen Rant, it is expected to cross the $500 million worldwide soon which would make it the highest-grossing Hollywood movie of the year so far.
No One Imagined The Success!
Including Paul Walker himself, who never imagined the success of the film when it was first released in 2001, no one else could have predicted what this series would become. Even producer Neal Moritz didn’t think more of the title, originally considering Race Wars and Racer X. Then Moritz came across a document with footage from a 1995 film of the same name, and Universal ended up licensing the title. The first film not only launched a multimedia saga that includes 9 movies, 10th currently in the making, and a spin-off, but it also launched the careers of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.
Seen It All!
And it really doesn’t matter so much, with how many new crazy things the characters had to deal with. Surely, Dom, Letty, Roman, and Brian had seen it all. As have the audiences because what can we say, if you like the movies and even if you’re not a mega-fan at some point you will see their eccentric adventures thanks to the high dose of action with fast cars, which at times make it hard to look away as you want to know what will happen next. This also includes the aforementioned trip to space, which even Tyrese Gibson didn't think was real! And to add another interesting fact with regards to this saga, even the cars have to audition if they want to appear in the movie. So, as you can see the producers take their role very seriously so that they can keep all of us 100% entertained. Besides, of course, taking care of every detail to make sure that nothing puts the actor’s lives at risk. But here let’s also talk about Paul Walker and his legacy because Brian O’Conner had an appearance in this movie!
Tribute To Walker.
Recently before the ninth movie hit theaters, Cody Walker, Paul’s brother, had been outspoken about the tribute the latest production has paid to his brother. Cody, Vin, and the rest of the cast members are very pleased with the good and tasteful tribute to the late actor’s character, Brian O’Conner.
The Tragic Accident!
As fans of the series, and especially fans of Paul, will know, the unfortunate accident where the actor lost his life did not occur on the film set, but at the time of the tragedy, he was in the middle of filming the seventh film. The script for the eighth installments referred to his character repeatedly.
Cody Walker's Love Of Cars.
Cody has shared that since he was in high school and the first film came out, which also starred his brother, it was the reason for his love for cars and he attributes this to the famous series. He also confessed that many people still stop him on the streets to tell him that Paul is the reason that they love cars so much and he always gives them the same response which is an enthusiastic “Me too!”
Toyota Supra Auctioned Off!
Speaking of Walker and cars, some of you might be interested to know that Paul’s orange 1994 Toyota Supra from the movie, had been auctioned off last month for $555,000. Just like his brother anticipated a great sum from the winner and we can imagine that many people had offered mind-blowing amounts to have the car that belonged to the late actor and which featured in this famous series.
FuelFest Arrived In LA!
Speaking of fast cars and the way Cody has capitalized on his brother’s legacy. Cody’s FuelFest had arrived in Los Angeles last month. Just a few days before the release of the new movie which could have been taken as a very smart move, taking advantage of the marketing wave that has brought in much success for the saga. This celebration had had some of the best, mind-blowing, exotic, rare, and also the most exclusive cars from around the globe. There was also be live music, drift shows, and live drag racing.
However, Cody isn’t the only one who keeps the memory of Paul alive. The late actor’s 22-year-old daughter, Meadow Rain Walker recently made everyone talk about her when she shared an emotional photo of her embracing the actor Vin Diesel, alongside his daughter Hania. She captioned the photo with the word “family”. The two are certainly very close as her father had even decided to make Vin Meadow’s godfather.
Diesel has long referred to himself as Meadow’s uncle. In fact, for her 21st birthday, he dedicated a very sweet message to her on Instagram where he wrote: "I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming... but the truth is I have always been proud of you. Happy Birthday, Meadow! I know it's your 21st and you wanted to go big in Japan, but the family has a cake waiting for you when you get home, so hurry. Love you kid."
Saga Doesn't Let Down!
So according to how Cody described that Paul would be very happy with this movie, most likely referring to how he would be elated to see how his friends from the set actually became a family and also that the Fast and Furious series has surpassed all odds and since even now there is gossip that the 10th one promises to do the same and be even bigger, fans can expect to be in for a big dose of excitement.
Old Faces Are Back!
The new movie has surprised many fans! Of course, it all comes with the actions, giant magnets, vehicles jumping through dangerous cliffs, plus a brief appearance of the character of the late Paul Walker as a tribute to him. The return of Han, who is played by the actor Sung Kang, who apparently had lost his life in the previous installment, and even a trip to outer space. All this in the middle of a brutal battle between Dominic Toretto and his younger brother Jacob, played by John Cena. This has made fans super excited for the future of the saga.
Paul Walkers Memory Important!
But touching back upon the appearance of Paul Walker, seeing an image of him had raised many feelings in the public. The portal popclture.com had indicated that including Walker’s character in the universe of Fast and Furious was very relevant to the director Justin Lin. After the release of the trailer, he spoke with Variety and said: “The idea of Brian O’Connor still alive in this universe, it’s very impactful and it’s very important.”
Beginning Of The End!
As some of you might know, this latest installment is paving the way for the end of the entire series. So this latest release is “the beginning of the final chapter”, and that’s why they had felt it was logical to place O’Conner in this universe that is beginning its farewell. The idea of showing Brian happy, with his children, was definitely a very sensitive tribute to Walker and his family, and as Lin himself said in the interview: “I think that in Nine, you will feel the presence of Brian, for sure.”
So Curious, did you like the way the production team and the cast of the new release had honored Paul Walker? Did you know about the strong bond between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s daughter? What are your expectations from the upcoming films?