Director Justin Lin on Paul Walker: A Fast Friend

The "Fast & Furious" vet shares his memories of the late actor

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From left, Paul Walker, Justin Lin and Vin Diesel arrive for the Europe premiere of 'Fast & Furious' in Bochum, Germany, on March 17, 2009

We were 48 hours from production on Fast & Furious and $3 million over budget. Paul showed up on set the first day, and we huddled in my trailer as I walked him through a new chase scene. He smiled and said, “Cool,” and off we went. He ran nonstop for three days. At times, I knew he was beyond tired, but he knew how important it was to set the right tone from the start. That’s when I knew I had a true partner in Paul.

During the press tour for Fast & Furious, we were outside a club in Moscow during a dreadful winter. Paul and I decided to do jumping jacks to keep warm. That’s the thing with Paul — he would never let his friend go do some goofy move alone. He was always there, no matter what. It wasn’t long before everyone joined us outside the club, doing jumping jacks in the snow.

We were back from the rainy U.K. to shoot the final scenes for Fast 6, and we brought the rain back with us. We fought the weather for three days trying to get the perfect finish. With 20 minutes to go, we had to shoot the all-important barbecue scene. I knew this was going to be the last scene I’d shoot in the Fast franchise and wanted it to be special. I pushed the crew and cast so hard, and we barely got it in the can. As we ran out of light on the last shot, I threw my headphones down in frustration and walked off to collect myself. I was beyond spent. Next thing I knew, there were two arms hugging me. It was Paul. He said, “Thank you” and walked off. That was the last moment I had with Paul on set, and it’s what Paul was all about.

17 comments
LoverlyOne
LoverlyOne

Paul was special. He wasn't "Hollywood". He was BEAUTIFUL yet seemed embarrassed by it and seemed to shun fame. He was truly one of a kind and will forever be missed. Sleep peacefully PW.

HeatherRebman
HeatherRebman

I am and have been deeply affected by the loss of Paul since I first heard the news. I never got the chance to meet him personally, but he had a presence about him both on and off screen that made him feel like family. If I can feel this way as a fan I can not imagine what his close friends and family must be going through. I just think to myself that he is now an amazing angel that was too good for earth and is watching over everyone from his race car in heaven ♡♡ RIP PAUL WALKER

kaysamdayde
kaysamdayde

This sounds like it was a very special last moment you had with Paul and I am glad you had it.  I would have given anything just to meet him because of the way he seemed to me.  He seemed to be very caring and outgoing as well as all around just Happy and loving life kind of person.  From what everyone says about him he was the perfect example of what everyone else in life needs to be like! If everyone in this world were like Paul we would have a much better outcome on everything! R.I.P Paul you will NEVER be forgotten, Always be missed, and we will see you on the other side when it is our time!  :) :-) Love you!

lauragilmore86
lauragilmore86

I have never been affected by a celebs death like I have been with his, paul was a movie star but didn't act like it he was just a guy that did movies a kind, caring man he did anything to help people and didn't expect to have praise that is a sign of an amazing human being paul touch so many people from his films to his charity reach out world wide and much more he was more than a pretty face he was a beautiful human being who will be truly miss my regret is that I never got to meet him that would of been a dream come true rest in peace

a.pepito2011
a.pepito2011

"Usted esta en mi corazon para siempre Paul". Que tu alma hermosa descanser en paz!!!. Seguramente te pierdas!!!

sheikhmajid
sheikhmajid

You'll always be missed brother, you were always a great actor in "Fast & Furious".
My condolences on the family. RIP Paul

Openminded1
Openminded1

Nice guy RIP Paul and Brian friends in life and death.

SunnyMoon
SunnyMoon

Paul Walker he's like a brother to me....im really sad and dipressed of his death......if GOD fulfill my wish ever i want my Brother Paul Walker back....love u Bro.....always remember u  and Ur family in my Pr ayes.....Missed u bro

AnnaAddison
AnnaAddison

Paul Walker we Miss you! RIP my hero! www.fiddichclassifieds.com


raynorkayla
raynorkayla

Beauty is not in the face. It is a light in the heart ~ Kahlil Gibran

I think Paul had both beauty.

Ride or Die. If the speed kills me one day, don't cry, because I was smiling ~ Paul Walker. RIP my prince of charm...


hollykrapsicher
hollykrapsicher

He was a good man my condolences on the family.
 I  am very sorry i will miss him. I thought he was very good in the fast and furious

MelParaizo
MelParaizo

por favor diretor n deixa de terminar o filme com paul walk n ele e nosso idolo gostariamos  qe homenagiacem esse grande ator pq so vcs podem fazer isso por nos agradeço a atençao de tds vc ...obrigada!

JeffLidberg
JeffLidberg

im very sad hearing all these great things about paul, saddens me even more knowing hes not here with us only in spirit. where ever you are paul we all love you and wish you were still here, p.s. best fast n furious fan ever me and my son devin which is borderline autistic him and I love fast n furious movies..

ImaJaan
ImaJaan

@lauragilmore86I share the same feelings as you... I have never been affected by any celebrity deaths until his... Till today, I'm not able to accept his loss... Still wishing it was all a bad dream... =(