Actress Michelle Rodriguez is adamant Scott Eastwood has not been hired to “fill” Paul Walker’s shoes in the new Fast & Furious movie.
Paul, who had Irish and English heritage, died in a tragic car crash in November, 2013, while filming the last instalment of the street-car racing franchise, Furious 7.
His brothers Cody and Caleb were brought onboard as his stand-ins to help complete the shoot. Their paternal grandfather had a career as a boxer, named Irish’ Billie Walker.
Clint Eastwood’s actor son was announced as the latest cast member for the highly-anticipated Fast 8 on Monday (11Apr16), and he promptly took to Instagram.com to honour his late pal, who was like “an older brother” to him.
In the touching post, Scott vowed to make Paul proud with his role, and admitted, “For me to be able to add to the F&F story, Paul’s story, and the FAST family is like a dream come true.”
Some fans have speculated that Scott was hired to effectively replace Paul’s character, Brian O’Conner, in the final three movies, but Michelle insists that isn’t the case.
“I don’t know about that,” the feisty Latina told TMZ.com when asked for her thoughts on Scott being brought in to “fill Paul Walker’s role”.
“Nobody will ever, as long as I live, fill that role,” she responded, “but I’m happy he’s on board, he’s a cool actor.”
She then expressed her delight at having Oscar winner Charlize Theron among her new castmates, adding, “I’m even more excited about Charlize, man, I love her. That’s one talented woman!”
Fast 8, directed by F. Gary Gray, will also welcome back franchise stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris. Production is expected to begin in May (16), ahead of an April, 2017 release.
Meanwhile, Michelle recently stirred controversy after admitting she turned to psychedelics to help her cope with the loss of Paul, and, while under the influence of psychedelic plant Ayahuasca, she confessed she was “jealous” the actor had died before her.
Her comments were caught on camera by producers of the documentary The Reality of Truth, but Michelle subsequently insisted her remarks had been blown out of proportion and taken “out of context”.
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