Paul Walker received perhaps one of the most emotion-stirring, memorable tributes in his final film – Furious 7.
Shortly after the movie was released for late-night showings last Thursday, the Internet started buzzing about the tear-jerking ending, which featured one of the most emotional farewells in a blockbuster movie of all time.
It was the farewell that many fans of the Fast and Furious movies (and Paul Walker in general) have been waiting to see since the actor died in a tragic high-speed car crash in November 2013.
The ending scene of Furious 7 was the best ending to any movie because it had real life meaning to it. Loved the movie.
— Devin Ryan (@devinryanwinter) April 6, 2015
honestly the ending of furious 7 couldn’t be anymore perfect & an example of how to appreciate people around you — uh liss uh (@AlyssaRubioo) April 6, 2015
However, in order to finish the movie and give Paul Walker the proper send-off, the Furious 7 cast and crew had to depend on the success of their team of CGI animators and experts.
For most of the movie, the real-life Paul Walker was in almost every shot – including several jaw-dropping action sequences that Brian O’Conner has become known for over the years. Near the halfway point of the movie, though, CGI Paul Walker made his big-screen debut.
*Warning: Spoiler Alert*
At the end of the movie, the final shot of CGI Paul Walker is seen racing next to Vin Diesel’s car.
A CGI Paul Walker. Paul’s last scene was so emotional. :(( Goodbye Paul. We will miss you pic.twitter.com/JezRzBqBUs
— julius (@juliusaquino13) April 5, 2015
Even though the CGI version of Paul Walker in that particular shot was very realistic and lifelike, the fact that it clearly was not him yanked the heart strings of many viewers.
I watched the ending of Furious 7 and instantly knew Paul Walker’s face was CGI. — ROYMEMIKOOS (@royettenunez015) April 6, 2015
Adding a CGI Paul Walker to the movie was absolutely necessary – especially since the Furious 7 cast and crew were adamant about not killing off his character and completing the work that he started before he died.
However, quite a few of people did not hesitate to slam CGI Paul Walker on Twitter without pulling any punches.
Still creeped out by the use of dead Paul walker’s CGI face for fast 7. They should have just killed the character. pic.twitter.com/kHWPo6IKIn
— Banks – Atutupoyoyo (@BanksAdel) April 6, 2015
Just saw an image of a Paul Walker CGI frame in Furious 7. It looks awful — Crazy Coyote (@MrCodeman93) April 5, 2015
Real life Paul Walker vs CGI Paul walker pic.twitter.com/fm3zf3mcKx
— My space celebrity (@onlinewweman) April 4, 2015
you should have cried when paul walker actually died, i was laughing when they put that CGI stuff on his brother’s face. — Kok Chee Yung (@Yungz94) April 6, 2015
On the other hand, there were a lot of other Furious 7 fans that were admittedly impressed by the CGI version of Paul Walker – applauding the cast and crew for making him look “amazing.”
I honestly could not believe the CGI on Paul Walker in F7, simply amazing!
— ßŔΔĐ¥ ŔØBÎSØŇ (@SpitDaFire) April 5, 2015
The CGi of Paul Walker was incredible, there wasn’t even 1 scene were I could tell it wasn’t real
— Myth Beeh (@BeehDzn) April 4, 2015
Probably wont be able to tell which scenes are really Paul Walker or not if his brothers look just like him & the CGI is dope — Tonio (@JADbeats) March 27, 2015
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cody and Caleb Walker were brought on-board after Paul’s death to help finish the work that their brother started.
Furious 7 will be final legacy of Paul Walker brothers Cody and Caleb claim http://t.co/gVPOJ4RZ2f pic.twitter.com/jo4Agr1xgb
— EntertainmentWise (@entwise) April 2, 2015
Their bodies and voices were used to keep Brian O’Connor alive on the big-screen – at least until he was able to enjoy his final race against Dominic Toretto.
When you find out that half of Furious 7 was filmed with Paul Walker’s 2 brothers while using a CGI superimposed face… wait… what? — Mase (@Maybach_Millz) April 6, 2015
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, actor Vin Diesel revealed that there will be a sequel to Furious 7 in which the gang is sent to the East Coast by Kurt Russell’s character for a new mission.
Do you think that the CGI version of Paul Walker will make an appearance in future Fast and Furious movies?
[Image Credit: Black Film]