Kurt Russell — who is cast in Fast And Furious 7 — called his late co-star Paul Walker a “terrific guy.”
The 62-year-old actor — who plays a father figure to Vin Diesel’s character — adds he is not sure what will happen to his character in the action film and shares that he was one day away from wrapping his role when Walker was killed in a fiery crash on November 30, 2013, during the production’s Thanksgiving break.
Kurt Russell said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, where he’s promoting a documentary about his father’s minor-league baseball team called The Battered Bastards of Baseball:
“They’re having to rewrite, they’re having to do whatever they’re having to do to deal with the situation. Listen, it’s catastrophic. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul. So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.”
The latest installment in the blockbuster franchise is being directed by James Wan and is now set for release in April 2015. Russell expects to return to set sometime this year.
Speaking of his yet-to-be-named character Kurt Russell said: “Whether or not this guy dies off in the movie, we don’t know, and that may have changed now significantly, too.”
Back in September of 2013, Vin Diesel teased a photo of the veteran actor on his very popular Facebook Page indicating he had been cast in the fast-cars franchise.
Later on — while speaking to Moviefone — Kurt Russell confirmed the news of his casting in Fast And Furious 7.
“Well, I was down in Atlanta, I’d just gone down there to work with a writer. I was doing Fast & Furious 7, and they’re having some fun with taking a look at this new character who, at the end of it, I think we probably are gonna kill off. [Laughs] We’re having a good time, and I didn’t know I was going to be doing that.”
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Kurt Russell and his character are up in the air, following the tragic death of Paul Walker. The studio has said the movie will not write-off Brian O’Conner, but give him a fitting send off.