Paul Walker almost quit Fast and Furious 7

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 November 2013
Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Paul Walker considered quitting the 'Fast & Furious' franchise following the departure of director Justin Lin but was quickly won over by his replacement James Wan

Paul Walker almost quit the 'Fast & Furious' franchise ahead of the seventh movie.

The 40-year-old star felt "scared" about the future of the action franchise following the departure of director Justin Lin, but was quickly reassured after speaking with his replacement James Wan.

He admitted: " I was so scared, going in without Justin. I ran into J.J. Abrams at South by Southwest, and he was like, 'Hey, what's up man?' I said, 'They want us to go do another 'Fast & Furious', but my man, Justin, isn't coming back. I don't know if I want to do it.' He said, 'F**k, don't do it then.' I really was like, 'I don't know.'

"I was still deciding, and Peter Safran, a producer on 'Hours', did 'The Conjuring' with James. So, when James was anointed as the new guy, Peter called me up and said, 'Dude, you're gonna love him. That guy's amazing!' Coming from Peter, that meant something. I really respect him.

"And then, it turned into a conversation with James over the phone, and I was like, 'This guy is so sweet. He's so nice.' My intuition is on point with people. I can read people."

Walker also confirmed there will definitely be an eighth movie in the series, with loose plans for the franchise to go on even longer.

He added to "The studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I'll be 50. Even if seven were to [tank], there's at least an eight. That's a guarantee."

Fast & Furious 7

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: Chris Morgan
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Lucas Black, Jason Statham
  • UK release: 3 April 2015

Deckard (Statham) is a Special Forces assassin determined to get revenge on the team after his brother has been left in a coma. With the shark rapidly receding in the wake of the franchise's waterskis, the latest instalment is insane but has a puppyish desperation to please, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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