Paul Walker left behind a giant legacy when he died in a tragic car accident in November; not only will he be missed in the acting world, but his charity foundation, Reach Out Worldwide, took a big hit with the loss of the “Fast and Furious” actor. Now, his younger brother Cody has announced that he’ll be joining the charity as Brand Manager in order to keep Walker’s vision alive.
“My family and I truly appreciate the support we have received during this difficult time,” Cody wrote on Instagram. “One of the many things I admired about my brother was his genuine desire to help others in need. As many of you know, in 2010 @paulwalker founded @reachoutww, a disaster relief organization. It is with great honor that I have decided to join the ROWW team as Brand Manager. I look forward to working with like-minded individuals and partners to ensure ROWW continues to aid those in need in the years to come. As Paul would say, ‘When you put good will out there, it’s amazing what can be accomplished.’ We can all make a difference in this world and I am honored to join the ROWW team in fulfilling my brother’s legacy and ensure that the good my brother did lives on.”
The news of Walker’s death came as a shock to millions of fans over Thanksgiving weekend last year, and while there was confusion at first about whether or not he was driving the car, an autopsy report confirmed that he was a passenger. The driver, Roger Rodas, had just left a charity event with Walker in a Porsche and apparently lost control of the car not far from the event. Rodas was killed in the crash, as well.
Walker, who helped make the “Fast and Furious” films into a huge, successful franchise, died while the seventh film was in production. Now, the producers and writers have scrambled to not only figure out how to work Walker’s death into the movie respectfully, but to also make rewrites on the script so that it makes sense.
“It’s catastrophic. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul,” said Kurt Russell, who plays a “father figure” to Vin Diesel’s character. “So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs. It’s just a situation that they’ll work out and, at that time, I’ll go back to work.”
The film’s producers have decided to “retire” Walker’s character rather than work a death scene into the film, although just after the actor’s death, they announced they were shutting down production in order to figure out what to do.
“At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on ‘Fast & Furious 7′ for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise,” Universal Pictures said in a statement.
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