As the much-anticipated date for the official launch of the Fast & Furious 7 draws closer, true fans of the action-packed film will be looking forward to watching the late Paul Walker’s replacement. However, unlike what most people believe, the idea of resurrecting Paul Walker is not good for the film industry or the fans. The late film star is dead, and he deserves some respect just as he would if he were still alive.
According to sources close to the production crew, four actors have been hired to try and fit into various aspects of Paul Walker’s physique. The use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) to depict Paul Walker’s character in the upcoming film should not be encouraged at all costs. To some extent, this idea will erase the memories of the real Paul Walker and make people remember him for what he was not.
Paul Walker was human, not a fictional character. His actions, smile, voice and heartbeat were real, not computerized. Millions of fans all over the world remember the film star for who he was and what he represented the moment he featured in the Fast & Furious franchise. The idea of adding computerized characters to fill his absence is an instant turn-off for some fans ahead of the eagerly-awaited premiere of Fast & Furious 7 next year.
Apart from his massive following as an actor, Paul Walker had a family who knew the real him. Creating an imaginary Paul Walker will make things even worse for those who knew him personally. Even as the world looks forward to watching the premiere of the seventh installment of Fast & Furious, most fans understand that the late Paul Walker is gone and there is nothing they can do to replace him.
Last week, there were some reports that Cody, Paul Walker’s brother, had been contacted to feature on behalf of his late brother. This just shows how the production crew is desperate to replace the fallen hero and if that happens, Fast & Furious 7 might become a major flop. So many people are trying to cope with the fact that Walker is gone and if they had the courage to accept such painful news, they will also understand if the upcoming movie is released without him.
Walker’s legacy deserves to be respected and preserved without adding computerized characters just for the sake of continuity of a storyline. Life is like a graph with a curve; it starts from the lowest point and rises to the highest point, and then drops back to its final resting spot. This is how Paul Walker lived his life, just like any other human being.
Even though lead actor Vin Diesel had assured fans that the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 will be the best in the series, fans already know that whoever takes over the role of Brian O’Conner will not be Paul Walker. Some people respected Walker for his originality when acting and anything less than that will be considered fake. The producers should just let the film star rest in peace and use Fast & Furious 7 as a special tribute to Paul Walker’s exemplary performance in the previous film installments because he deserves it.
Opinion by Andrew Wandola