BLACKTREE #FBF CIRCA 2009 | FAST AND FURIOUS – #PAULWALKER “TYRESE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THIS 1…”
Updated: May 19
BlackTree TV Producer, Jamaal Finkley grabs a minute with Fast and Furious star Paul Walker to discuss the reunion of the original cast.
The Next Chapter
From illegal underground street racing in Los Angeles and money laundering in Miami to drifts on customized rides across perilous Tokyo courses, one series built on speed has become a global sensation since its origins more than nine years ago. Now, in the next chapter, the four original characters reunite for the first time and come home to where it all began.
Having captured the attention of audiences and industry execs alike with his undeniable on-screen presence in a string of supporting roles, Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner) found his breakout role as an undercover cop in the 2001 hit film The Fast and the Furious. Since then, he has managed a balance of box-office hit films and dramatic roles to cement his leap to leading-man status. Most recently, Walker displayed his versatility as he transformed on-screen into a soldier under the direction of Clint Eastwood, played an Arctic research scientist in a Disney family adventure and played a New Jersey mobster in a gritty independent feature. Walker recently finished shooting Screen Gems thriller Bone Deep, co-starring with Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen and Idris Elba.
In 2006, Clint Eastwood cast him in his World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers, for Warner Bros. Walker portrayed Hank Hansen, a seasoned soldier fighting in that infamous battle. That same year, he starred in Disneys box-office hit Eight Below portraying Jerry Shepard, a lead research scientist who was forced to abandon his team of sled dogs. Directed by Frank Marshall, the film follows the heroic survival of the dogs through six months in the harsh Antarctica winter, and Shepards quest to organize a rescue mission to bring them home. In Running Scared, a thriller written and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler), Walker starred with Vera Farmiga as a desperate father trying to protect his son after a tangle-up with the mob in a police shooting.Walker starred opposite Jessica Alba as a diver and aspiring treasure hunter in the 2005 Sony Pictures/Mandalay Pictures action-thriller Into the Blue, for director John Stockwell. He starred alongside Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Robin Williams and Alan Arkin in Chazz Palminteris 2004 directorial debut, Noel, about a group of New Yorkers who come together on Christmas Eve.
In 2003, Walker co-starred in director Richard Donners adaptation of Michael Crichtons novel Timeline, for Paramount Pictures. He also starred in John Singletons 2 Fast 2 Furious (which grossed more than $127 million), the sequel to The Fast and the Furious. Walker also co-starred with Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski in the critically praised thriller Joy Ride, which was directed by John Dahl (Rounders) for 20th Century Fox in 2001. Walkers additional credits include the box-office hits The Skulls, directed by Rob Cohen, about a Harvard secret elitist society, and the football dramedy Varsity Blues, for Paramount Pictures. He was also seen in New Line Cinemas critically acclaimed film Pleasantville. This fantasy drama, from writer/director Gary Ross, is about two 1990s teens (Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire) who get trapped in a 1950s Leave it to Beaver-type television show. Further credits include Shes All That, Brokedown Palace, The Death and Life of Bobby Z and The Lazarus Project.