Paul Walker Praised by Kurt Russell, Who Will Appear in ‘Fast & Furious 7’

January 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Paul Walker was praised by Kurt Russell this week, as Russell is set to appear in “Fast & Furious 7” in as “a sort of father-figure to Vin and Paul’s character.”

Russell said that he met Walker on the set of the seventh installment in the popular franchise, and that Walker “was just a terrific guy.”

“I was just very struck by how similar our lives are and how we looked at life,” Russell told E! Online. “All the things he did outside of acting that he really enjoyed were similar to the things that I like to do. He was a hell of a good guy.”

Production on the film was temporarily halted following Walker’s death on November 30 but recently began again with Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, among others, traveling to Abu Dhabi to shoot some scenes.

Universal Studios and writers with the film are working on reconfiguring the script to “retire” Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, choosing not to kill him.

Russell said that while “we were talking about [my character] possibly going into a future episode as a sort of father-figure to Vin and Paul’s character,” he’s not sure what the reconfigured script will look like in regards to his character.

“I’m waiting to hear what we’re going to do and how that’s going to go forward,” he said. His character may die in “Fast & Furious 7.”

“The character was created to go either way, and it will be interesting to see what they do now, if there’s any change in that. I don’t know if there will be. But obviously, they’re working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work.” 

The film is set for a April 2015 release, pushed back from its original release date this summer.

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