Not long after Paul Walker's tragic death just after Thanksgiving, people began to talk about the future of his popular film franchise, The Fast & The Furious. If you ask me, it was way too soon to even be thinking about having that conversation. But Hollywood has never exactly been known for its, you know, soul or staunch uprightness.
One of the more upsetting rumors to emerge was that the makers of the seventh film were making plans to ditch footage of the late-star that he had made for it prior to his untimely death. Fans and friends of the actor alike were horrified, and justifiably so. It seemed like his memory was being erased as casually as the scenes themselves.
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To give credit to the movie-makers, they almost immediately realized what a heinous mistake they had made. They issued a quick statement letting everyone know that the footage Walker had contributed would be staying in the seventh film. Instead of losing it, they would work around it. They brought in the movie's writer to pen the exit Walker and his character deserved. This brought fans of the franchise and the actor a sense of relief.
But I don't know how I feel about it. To me it sort of feels like a lose/lose situation. If you cut out Walker, you are being insensitive to his memory. But if you add in a story-line about his tragic end, aren't you being equally so -- just in a different way? To write in a story-line about his death is to essentially make a profit off of it, and I can't get behind that.
I thought it was smart when the commercials for the Fast 6 DVD made it clear that some proceeds would go to Walker's charity. If they are going to include his story in the new movie, they might want to consider another donation -- maybe in the amount of his salary. If they can't do that, they shouldn't make the flick at all.
Do you think it's in poor taste to include Walker in the new movie?
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