I AM NOT CRYING: ‘I Am Paul Walker’ documentary delves into the beautiful mind of an actor taken far too soon
It’s the first time his family has spoken out about Paul’s life, and what it was like to lose him so early
Five years after Paul Walker's death, a new Paramount Network documentary is taking a heartfelt look at his life and legacy as his family members talk openly about Paul's life after his tragic death in a car accident in 2013.
The documentary titled 'I Am Paul Walker' features interviews with his siblings Caleb, Cody, and Ashlie, childhood friends, directors he had worked with, and costars including Tyrese Gibson, who all remember Walker as a smiling young man, who left the world a bit too early at the age of 40.
The documentary discusses Walker’s tendency to be “one foot in, one foot out” of Hollywood, preferring to focus on his family and spend time outdoors.
“My daughter, my surfing — that’s the life and that’s what I care about,” Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen says Walker would tell him.
Paul's brother Caleb, who also served as an executive producer of The Fast and The Furious, talks about his quiet work as a philanthropist, helping in the effort to rebuild Haiti after its devastating earthquake and establishing a disaster relief organization, Reach Out Worldwide.
Paul was killed in a car accident after the Porsche he was traveling in crashed into a concrete lamp post and a tree at high speed before catching fire, killing him and his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving. He was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious series, appearing in five of the first six installments.
He died while filming the seventh film. The movie franchise let his character, Brian O’Conner, ride off into the sunset, choosing to live a quiet life with his wife and child. “If you loved him the way we did, you would say, well, why him and not us?” Gibson says.
The description of the film reads "Father. Humanitarian. Friend. Paul Walker's was a life fully lived, and his legacy of kindness and compassion continues to inspire others."
The documentary, from Paramount Network and Network Entertainment, premieres on August 11 at 9 pm ET/PT via Paramount Network. It features family and friends remembering the actor and humanitarian, many speaking for the first time, and includes never-seen-before family footage where you can see a 15-year-old Paul remembering the date. His brother comments "he was a big kid."