Justin Lin: Paul Walker Was ‘Relentlessly Selfless’ and ‘Genuine’
Justin Lin, the director of the “Fast & Furious” series, said Paul Walker “was relentlessly selfless, genuine, and trying to be better every day.”
Lin posted that message to his Twitter, saying Walker stood out “in a business that barely requires” the traits that Walker showed.
“Love you brother,” Lin added.
In a piece for Time Magazine, Lin further recalled three moments with Walker.
The first was during the original “Fast & Furious” movie. Walker showed up and was walked through the new chase scene, smiled, and said “cool.”
“He ran nonstop for three days,” Lin recalled. “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.”
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) December 4, 2013
The second moment was during the press tour for “Fast & Furious” in Moscow. Everyone was outside a club for some reason during the winter.
“Paul and I decided to do jumping jacks to keep warm,” Lin remembered. “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.”
The third moment was during the filming for “Fast 6,” the last “Fast & Furious” film that Lin would direct.
Daylight was waning during the last day of shooting, with the final and all-important barbecue scene still needing finished.
“I knew this was going to be the last scene I’d shoot in the Fast franchise and wanted it to be special,” Lin recalled. “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.”
Walker died on November 30 in a car crash in California, after leaving an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide to raise money to help with disaster relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda.