The father of the late Hollywood star Paul Walker has revealed that he has become a near recluse as he continues to struggle to come to terms with his son’s untimely death almost four years later.
Paul Walker Sr. spoke as The Fate of the Furious, the first film in the series that features the original cast without the late actor, continues to dominate the box office worldwide. But Walker Sr. admitted that he is still struggling to accept the death of his son and was in two minds whether to see the new movie.
‘I’m pretty much a bit of a recluse, I don’t go out as much anymore because Paul’s death took a lot out of me,’ Walker Sr. said at his Los Angeles home. ‘I’ve got my good friends, who I stay in touch with, and they’ve been so supportive and nice to me. The best way I know how to look at it is that God just took him home. That’s the biggest comfort I can find.’
The movie does subtly pay tribute to Paul in one tear-jerking scene, when Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto names his lovechild Brian, after Brian O’Conner, the character who Paul originally played. Walker Sr. believes Paul would’ve been incredibly touched by that gesture, if not a little embarrassed by the attention. That was pretty cool, of course I loved that they paid tribute to Paul. It was a fitting tribute,’ he said.
‘Paul would appreciate all of the tributes, he would feel really honored. I know he’d feel embarrassed by it, but very honored. ‘He always said to me about the Fast and the Furious, “I just want this franchise to go on and on.” It allowed him to do some hard, dramatic parts too when he worked outside the franchise. But he did used to say that doing the more dramatic parts would take a lot out of him physically and emotionally.’
‘I think people will be speculating about Paul’s death forever. I watched a documentary about James Dean’s death not a long time ago, and this will be just the same,’ he explained. ‘Paul was kind of reckless with his life. Whether it was performing his own stunts, he’d tell stuntmen, “I’m not afraid of anything.” Paul did stuff that stuntmen wouldn’t do.
‘I remember talking to one of Paul’s really greatest friends, Oakley Lehman. I said to Oakley, “Don’t be afraid to grab Paul by his shoulders and say don’t be a stupid idiot.”
‘Paul must’ve had a sure belief in the afterlife, that’s all I can tell you about that.’