The 2014 MTV Movie Awards have come and gone, but the memories of the event still live on. Aside from shirtless guys and countless awards that were handed out, the popular awards ceremony also paid tribute to the late “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker, courtesy of his co-stars and close friends Vin Diesel and Jordana Brewster.
MTV President Stephen Friedman told Perez Hilton that Walker has been a role model to their audience, who have seen Walker’s development since the beginning of his career, which was unfortunately cut short by the tragic car accident that killed him.
“He [Paul Walker] was a movie star that they could relate to. Paul’s humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role. We’re honored to be able to spend a moment in this year’s Movie Awards to celebrate him,” said Friedman in the article by Perez Hilton.
Jordana plays the role of Mia, Walker’s on-screen love interest and younger sister of Vin Diesel’s character. She introduced the prepared montage for Walker during the MTV Video Awards.
The minute-long tribute included clips from every role he has done including his role in the “Fast & Furious” franchise as Brian O’Connor. Walker’s role as an FBI agent turned criminal due to his involvement with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), started in the 2001 film “The Fast and The Furious.” The video also included photos of him while doing charity work.
Before his tragic death on Nov. 30, 2013 in Valencia, California, Walker participated in a fund-raiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan with Reach Out Worldwide.
The montage ended by showing a sunset photo with a personal quote from Paul Walker himself.
“When you put good will out there, it’s amazing what can be accomplished,” said Walker in a statement which was posted in the Reach Out Worldwide Facebook page.
On the other hand, Walker and his co-star Vin Diesel were given the award for the “Best On-screen Duo.” Diesel was unavailable to accept the award personally due to the filming of the latest “Fast & Furious” film.
According to Variety, he shared his acceptance speech and emotional tribute on Facebook. As of this writing, Diesel’s Facebook post already garnered 690,837 likes and 103,352 shares. Unable to avoid tearing up, he thanked everyone including MTV for honoring their ‘brotherhood” and their “angel.” Walker and Diesel were first given recognition for their tandem in 2002. Diesel also shared that the award gave him a “surreal experience” after receiving another award 12 years later.
In other news, Variety also reported that Walker’s younger brothers Cody and Caleb agreed to fill in the gaps and scenes that his brother has failed to shoot before his unfortunate death.
According to the statement, Walker had already shot most of his “drama” parts and his brothers will take on the remaining scenes. The creative team considered Walker’s last few scenes in the movie as “among the strongest work of his career.”
MNG first posted about the possibility of using CGI and body doubles to keep Paul Walker alive in the blockbuster action franchise.
The 40-year old actor died in a car crash while he was accompanying his race friend in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Walker was in the passenger seat when they hit a light pole. He is survived by his friends and family including a teenage daughter named Meadow Rain.
According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), “Fast & Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to be released on April 10, 2015 in U.S. theatres. It is the latest installment in the “Fast & the Furious” film franchise.
Check out the video below to see Vin Diesel’s tearful tribute to Paul Walker: