There's Only 1 Way to Honor Paul Walker in 'Fast & Furious 7' Tastefully

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Paul WalkerNot 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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Baile... Bailey8307

Money was going to be made off the film anyway, so I don't look at it as exploiting his death. I really think it depends on how the film is advertised and how he is written out. Keep in mind that his pay would probably end up going to his daughter too which, I'm sure is what he would've wanted.

Krystian Kaufold

Actually they should put him in the movie and just kill him off of the movie, that is the most respectful way to honor him. 

They aren't going to be able to make a F&F8. 

CLM3345 CLM3345

Of course it's not insensitive. Unfortunately, death is a part of life. Actors have died while filming before and the writers figure out how to adjust the script. Or have died right after filming and they still release the movie. Was it insensitive to release james Galdofini's movie because he had died? No. The sad part is, if they kill off his character in FF, it'll most likely be the same way he died in real life, which would really be the hard part.

nonmember avatar Jamie

I know it's a little differnt but look at the movie te crow with Brandon lee, he died not long into filming and they still finished it. There is no reason the fast an furious people can't do the same thing. Same with Heath ledger

squee... squeekumsaus

It would be the perfect way to honour him

To scrap his work just before he died would be rude and insensitive

nonmember avatar Melanie

I think they absolutely have to make the movie with him in it, but they also have to kill his character off in it, unless they plan to end the franchise - because we all know that Brian would never say, "Nahhh Dom, I'm not going to help you."

So if they're going to kill him, the only way to do so, in my opinion, is to have him shot, and die off screen, similar to how Vince was killed in 5 (I think that's the one he was in). Because to have him die in a car crash would be just too close to home, I think.

Just my ten cents. *shrug* I think they'll handle it well, however they do it, because I cannot imagine that the cast would go along with anything less than respectful.

aajm-... aajm-momma

Part of the salery should go to his daughter and the charity and the PROFITS show go to his daughter as she is a MINOR still.

nonmember avatar Aundria

If they scrap Fast 8, they can keep Paul in Fast 7, and NOT kill his character. They'll just have to work around the areas not yet filmed (its 80% complete), then have he & his wife & baby retire into the sunset someplace. Brian can live.

Panda... PandaPop83

Yes! If their not going to scrap the entire movie, they need to keep the scenes as is. You can't just write him off. He worked hard for those scenes. So has the other actors. The director and producers should ask his friends and family what they think he would want them to do. As a fan, I would rather see the exit then they scrap it or bring a look alike to fill in.

nonmember avatar Erin

So exactly what could they do that would please you in this situation? It sounds like you're going to find something "wrong" about any decision they make, and there are only so many options available here. Overall, this article doesn't tell me much, except that you're probably a lot of fun at parties.

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