As the world celebrates Paul Walker’s birthday (12 September, 1973) in memory of the lives he touched as an actor, father, brother, son and friend, Tyrese Gibson, a co-actor in the Fast and Furious series, says his California-born colleague was “special in many ways.”
Paul (full names Paul William Walker IV) is best known for his part as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise. He rose to fame with roles in teen films—She’ All That and Varsity Blues.
Five years since a car crash ended his life, Paul still has a deep impact on numerous fans across the globe, including Tyrese Gibson, who spoke about his late friend in a new documentary, “I am Paul Walker.”
‘No one else fits the definition of handsome, ideal white man like Paul—blond, blue eyes, 6’3 surfer dude, muscles at all times,’ Tyrese said.
‘He wasn’t intimidating as a man…Because he was so regular.’
Paul died on 30 November, 2013 before shooting for “Fast and Furious 7” was completed, and his brothers Caleb and Cody stood in for him. The words “For Paul” appeared on the screen in dedication to the late actor.
“I am Paul Walker” went live on Saturday. The documentary featured interviews with Tyrese, Rob Cohen (director), including Paul’s family and colleagues who painted the portrait of an actor who “hated” a glamorous life.
Wayne Kramer, who directed the 2006 movie Running Scared, says in the documentary, ‘When Paul wasn’t in L.A. making movies, he wasn’t even in the country. He would be in the Amazon. He would be diving with sharks…’
Paul said in an audio clip, ‘Emotionally I wasn’t there yet. Because I didn’t even know who the hell I was.’
Tyrese added, ‘He [Paul] was so grounded and so cool. He was the man every woman wanted to be with and every man wanted to be like…’