Paul Walker’s mother Cheryl Walker has spoken for the first time since the actor’s sudden death in November 2013 to say that she’s proud of her other sons Cody and Caleb for helping finish the role of Brian O’Conner, the character Paul played in the popular “Fast and Furious” series.
Cody and Caleb have been on the set of “Fast & Furious 7” to help shoot the final scenes with Walker’s character in them.
When Paul died in the car crash about half of the scenes that his character was originally slated to be in were reportedly filmed.
The death forced producers and writers to rework the script, but some scenes needed O’Conner’s presence–making Cody and Caleb a vital part of the rest of the filming.
“[I’m] very proud of them,” Cheryl told E! News. “It is bittersweet for them to do this. They are happy to honor their brother and finish the project.”
Both brothers “have had a wonderful time [on set and] are treated very graciously by the people,” she added.
The film’s producers announced via the official Facebook page two weeks ago that Caleb and Cody would be helping them out.
“Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for Fast & Furious 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career,” the film’s Facebook page announced in a post. “We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our Fast family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.”
Cody recently said that the death of Paul still doesn’t feel real.
Right now, a whole lot of time has not gone by yet,” Cody told the Associated Press. “It still doesn’t feel real, because sometimes, working in this industry, making films, he’d be away from his family three, four, six months at a time, you know. And my only interaction would be a phone call. So, I know it’s going to take a while.”
“Fast & Furious 7” is slated to hit theaters on April 10, 2015 after a lengthy delay due to Paul’s death.