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Paul Walker’s brother praises Vin Diesel and Fast and Furious bosses for ‘tasteful’ Brian O’Conner farewell

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Paul Walker last appeared in Fast and Furious 7 (Picture: WireImage; Universal)

Paul Walker’s brother has praised Vin Diesel and the Fast and Furious gang for carrying on his legacy.

The actor – who played Brian O’Conner in the action franchise – died in a car crash in 2013, at the age of 40.

His brothers, Cody and Caleb, famously stepped in to film his final scenes, appearing in 2015 blockbuster Furious 7.

Ahead of the ninth film hitting the cinemas later this month, Cody commended movie bosses for paying respect to his late sibling.

‘Vin and the whole family have done a really good job [of] tastefully letting the character ride off into the sunset,’ he told TMZ of Brian’s final scene, which saw him have one last ride alongside Vin’s character Dom before their two cars diverge at a fork in the road and Brian continues on his own.

‘I think Paul would really get a kick out of where it’s gone. It’s got so crazy, it’s a wild, ride ride at this point.

Caleb and Cody Walker replaced Paul in Furious 7
Brothers Caleb (L) and Cody Walker (R) replaced Paul in some scenes (Picture: Getty)
Paul Walker, Vin Diesel Fast Five.
Vin Diesel has worked to keep Walker’s legacy alive (Picture: Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock)

‘Paul was very much the purist, the real car guy. I couldn’t speculate what he would think.

‘I just know Vin always takes a very serious approach to keeping Paul’s legacy in mind and has always done a really nice job of paying tribute to his character.’

‘They worked together and were brothers for years,’ Cody added. ‘They were all so young when this whole thing started.’

Paul Walker
Walker tragically died in 2013, aged 40 (Picture: Rex)

Fast and Furious 9 is finally set to hit the big screen on June 24 in the UK, after more than a year of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There has been intense speculation on whether fans will get another glimpse of Brian in the future, following Walker’s death.

In a previous chat with Metro.co.uk, Cody left the door open for a possible return to the action.

‘You know there’s a lot of things that are said about the franchise, there’s a lot of rumours going around,’ he told us. ‘I think anything is possible and we’ll see what the future has in store.

‘There are a lot of things that are said out there.

‘There’s a rumour that the franchise might go to outer space next, so you never know…

‘Nothing is off the table, never say never.’

Fast and Furious 9 will be released in cinemas on June 24.

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