“This week is always rough for those of us who really knew him personally.”
Paul Walker’s costars are paying tribute to the late actor on the anniversary of his untimely death. Three years ago on Nov. 30, the Fast and Furious star passed away at age 40.
Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Vin Diesel all took to social media to remember Walker, who died in a fatal car crash in 2013.
“I miss you and I love you every single day,” tweeted Brewster along with a photo of the pair Wednesday. Ludacris shared a photo of the actor in character as Brian O’Conner with the words, “Always in our hearts.” His caption read: “Gone but never forgotten. #love.”
Vin Diesel updated his Facebook cover photo with bookend images of himself and Walker.
On Tuesday, Gibson shared a video of himself and his “favorite white man” along with a montage of photos and clips of Walker.
“This week is always rough for those of us who really knew him personally,” Gibson began in a lengthy and heartfelt post on his Instagram. “Paul treated everyone with the upmost respect and went out of his way to make everyone feel like they mattered…. I love and I miss you dearly.”
The next and eighth installment in the franchise, Fast and Furious 8, features newcomers Scott Eastwood and Charlize Theron, alongside original castmembers Diesel, Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez. The film hits theaters in 2017.
No. Just, no.
Would you like to see Paul Walker reprise his role in the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise? If you are confused by that question, it probably has something to do with the fact that Paul Walker passed away in a car crash in 2013. Yet, many rumors have been circulating that the studio is interested in keeping Brain O’Conner alive through CGI and stunt doubles.
During an interview on Entertainment Tonight, Caleb and Cody Walker discussed a phone call with Vin Diesel. During the conversation, Diesel apparently asked the brothers for their blessing to potentially bring Paul Walker’s character back. One question remains; Could this even be possibly?
Although, the majority of the scenes for “Furious 7” were already shot before Paul Walker passed, Cody, and Caleb, along with some digital magic, were used to fill in some of the remaining scenes. Now some have speculated that this could also be done in future films.
Co-star Michelle Rodriquez, however, wants to set the record straight. When asked if Paul Walker had a presence in “Fast 8,” Rodriguez said, “That’s a rumor, man.”
Gone, but never forgotten. Those words pretty much perfectly sum up Paul Walker and his now legendary Fast & Furious character Brian O’Conner. Although the action star passed away back in 2013 after a tragic car accident and drove off into the sunset at the end of 2015’s Furious 7, his on-screen family has endeavored to keep his memory alive in a way that should get any Fast & Furious fan excited. In fact, the cast of Fast 8 has just released a video explaining how each and every one of us can contribute to honor the memory of Paul Walker, and it’s all for a good cause.
As you can see, the cast and crew of Fast 8 has just announced that the film has teamed up with Omaze to raise money for The Paul Walker Foundation. Fans who donate to the campaign will automatically find themselves entered in a contest in which the first prize is a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the set of the upcoming installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. Aside from receiving luxurious accommodations, the first prize winner will tour the set and get a hands-on look at everything that goes into making a Fast & Furious movie.
Just about every major player from the Fast & Furious franchise makes an appearance, and even some new players — such as the recently cast Scott Eastwood — get in on the action. Of course, the highlight of the entire video comes during the interaction between Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson. This doesn’t exactly come as a surprise to us, considering their banter has provided some of the best laughs over the course of the last few Fast & Furious movies.
In all honesty, even those of us who don’t win this competition should take solace knowing that the money goes to an incredibly important and worthwhile cause. The Paul Walker Foundation was set up to raise money for the preservation and conservation of the world’s oceans and aquatic wildlife. It’s an important cause, and one that perfectly honors the philanthropic spirit that guided Paul Walker during his short, but meaningful, life.
We can think of few better ways for the production of Fast 8 to continue honoring its fallen star. Paul Walker may be gone, but it’s more than abundantly clear that this ensemble has not forgotten the impact he made on them during his life. We’ll keep you updated with more Fast & Furious information as it becomes available to us. Fast 8 will race its way into theaters next year on April 14.