TORONTO — One of Paul Walker’s final movies was Brick Mansions — a drama that brought him to Montreal this past summer.
The Fast & Furious star, who died Saturday in a fiery car crash in California, brought his teenaged daughter Meadow to Montreal for a week of filming in late June.
“He loved Montreal,” co-star Robert Maillet said Sunday.
Walker had previously worked in Montreal on the 2004 drama Noel opposite Penelope Cruz.
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Maillet, a former pro wrestler who has appeared in movies like 300, Immortals and this year’s Pacific Rim, recalled having to do a fight scene with Walker and actor David Belle.
Maillet said he was stunned to learn that Walker died.
“I was hoping it was just a hoax,” he said. “It was a complete shock.”
Maillet said he had several conversations with Walker in between takes. When he mentioned an upcoming trip to Los Angeles, Walker offered to loan him a car so he could get around.
“He was a nice guy, very generous,” said Maillet. “He had an energy about him.”
Maillet said watching Brick Mansions, due out next year, will be “bittersweet.”