Producers asked Caleb and Cody Walker to fill in for their brother and help complete Furious 7 after he died in a fiery off-set car crash in November 2013.
His face was digitally superimposed onto his brothers’ performances for scenes that Walker had not shot yet and in a modified ending in which his character Brian O’Conner drives off into the sunset.
Walker’s character remains alive in the Fast franchise and is mentioned twice in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.
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“I just hope we get to — I don’t know — have a little cameo and bring Paul back to save the day and I get to help create that again,” Caleb Walker, 40, said in an interview last week.
He continued: “That’s my dream and I hope we get to do that in one of the future movies.”
“I think there could potentially be a way to do it. But it would take a lot of thought and it’d have to be tasteful. It would have to be tasteful,” Cody Walker, 30, said in the interview. “He was the real deal, the real car guy. And in his absence, I — you know — I think it’s lost its way in a big way.”
Caleb and Cody Walker were promoting I Am Paul Walker, a new one-hour documentary about the actor’s childhood, family and career directed by Adrian Buitenhuis. It premiered last weekend on the Paramount Network.
Neither of Walker’s brothers has re-watched the full Furious 7 film since attending the premiere in April 2015.
“It’s kind of creepy sometimes when you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ It doesn’t feel right,” Caleb Walker said. “I think one day, when our kids are little older and we are able to share that experience with them and be like, ‘Hey look, this is your Uncle Paul. He was the greatest guy in the world and here we are being able to portray him and finish up this movie for him.’ That’s when I think it will really hit that I think it was really worth it and special and all that. But in the meantime, it’s still a little conflicted.”
Walker was 40 years old when the Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in spun out of control, struck three trees and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, Calif. Walker left behind a daughter, Meadow.
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Caleb and Cody spoke about why Meadow, 19, decided not to participate in I Am Paul Walker. “She’s on the shyer, more reserved side. Maybe she needed a few more years, who knows. But we totally respect that. Obviously, we would’ve loved to have her in it, but she wasn’t ready,” Caleb said.
The brothers revealed that Meadow didn’t go to the Walker family’s screening of the new documentary but she has watched it.
“Paul was a lot of things to a lot of people, and it’s tough because being the daughter that grew up in a non-traditional type of household with a dad she had to share the world with is really difficult,” Caleb said. “She’s dealing with it in her own way, as everybody has done.”
“I think she’ll be proud of it,” Cody added.
Cody went on to say they’re “not as close as we would like to be” with Meadow, who was mostly raised by her mother, Rebecca Soteros, before moving to California to live with Paul one year before his death.
“She grew up in Hawaii,” Cody said about Meadow. “We would see her for all of the holidays, but otherwise, to be truthful, we didn’t see her all that often. We’re here for her 100 per cent. Whenever she’s ready, she has a family that loves her. Things take time. Everybody deals with things differently. I think that’s all that it is.”
—With files from the Associated Press