Kurt Russell Opens Up About Paul Walker's ‘Catastrophic’ Death

Kurt Russell Opens Up About Paul Walker's 'Catastrophic' Death

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The actor, who joined the “Fast & Furious” family for the upcoming sequel, said his co-star's death was “the worst thing that could happen to a movie”

Paul Walker's “Fast & Furious” character will still have a major presence in the franchise's seventh installment after his unexpected death last November, but co-star Kurt Russell still described the loss as “catastrophic” to the movie.

“They're having to rewrite, they're having to do whatever they're having to do to deal with the situation. Listen, it's catastrophic. It's the worst thing that could happen to a movie,” Russell told the Associated Press at the Sundance Film Festival this week. “But it's not as bad as what happened to Paul. So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.”

Also read: Paul Walker Death: Porsche Was Traveling More Than 100 MPH, Coroner Finds

Russell was at the Park City, Utah festival promoting a documentary about his father's minor-league baseball team, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball.”

The 62-year-old actor, who plays a father figure to Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto, said he had one day of filming left when a sports car Walker was riding in, alongside friend Roger Rodas, crashed and exploded near a charity event near Santa Clarita.

The “Fast & Furious” sequel went into a production hiatus to allow the cast and crew time to grieve, while producers and director James Wan put careful thought into how to proceed with the film.

Universal Studios, which is distributing the film, announced “Fast & Furious 7” will be pushed back from this summer to an April 10, 2015 release date.

  • Vidal Demonti

    That proves that there is a difference between a movie and real life. When you make a movie you pretent to speed, in real life you follow the laws of the land and don't drive a 100 miles an hour in a 35 miles an hour zone. Unfortunately in this sad case the players mixed up these rules and paid the ultimate price of loss of life.

    • Mateus Loubach

      first off, the driver wasn't Walker, it was Rodas, a pro race driver, sencond of all, the car was one of few in the world in which mechanics is one of the most expensive part of building it, third off, there is NO WAY a pro race driver in an almost half billion dollar car (in which have LOTS of money invested in mechanics and making it an almost impossible to break or fail type of car) fail to work breaks in a 80mph drive…if you study mechanics, you'd understand, that this, was NOT an accident…

      • Boris Roberts

        Tell us your factual details about what happened. Was it the NSA? Was it the Russian Mob? Tell us which team you work for, your background in race mechanics that would let us believe you know some inside information. Race cars fail, all the time, things are pushed to the limit and things fail. Drivers get killed regularly.. Except, this driver had a passenger get killed with him.

      • Jesemae

        All he had to do was tell the guy to slow down! Why would they go THAT FAST in the middle of LA?? They could have killed so many innocnent people and they didnt care. They could have raced on the track where they were supposed to and they would still be alive and his daughter would still have a father but Nnoooooooooooooooo neither one of them cared about that or about their own lives. PEACE OUT BROTHERS

        • Saffron Azreal

          This limited porche was notoriously hard to drive. Even the previous owner said that. It wasn't exactly them racing since there was no one else to race again, mostly likely they were just playing with the speed of the car. We really wont ever know what actually happened as the only two people who knew are gone now.

  • jsmarkley

    Show some class Kurt. “THIS REALLY SCREWS UP THE MOVIE I'M IN!” “Oh, it's also terrible he died. BTW.” Geez, I really hope this is the media spinning it this way. If not, Kurt Russell's a big jerk. & “life is full of curveballs.” is pretty callous.

    • joe bayawan

      Kurt has class. Just answering questions and then being edited down to what sells. How do I know he has class? He didn't vote for Barrack Hussein.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

        what kurt did in DARK BLUE was oscarworthy

    • Jesemae

      Dude thats not even what he meant – way to take his words out of context and just believe what you read

      • jsmarkley

        Way to take my words out of context. I was pointing out he mentions the movie he's in first, then offers condolences as an afterthought, which is selfish & callow. Notice how I stated: “Geez, I really hope this is the media spinning it this way. If not, Kurt
        Russell's a big jerk.” He may be a jerk, he may not, I'm not a psychic. But, the way it's worded, makes him seem like one.

        You offer condolences out of love & kindness, not as an aside to how this terrible event is going to affect a movie you're in.

        Not directed at you, but the words “oscar worthy” & “Kurt Russell” do not belong in the same book, let alone the same sentence.

  • Mike Boon

    Man…how is this even news, we all know that everybody felt bad.

  • GrahamTheCat

    Rewrite? Easy:

    Paul Walker’s character begins having flashbacks to ancient Tibet and learns that he’s the true reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. He goes into seclusion in a cave in the Arizona desert where he meditates for seven years hanging upside-down from one testicle while facing five automotive brain computer chips.

    Vin Diesel arrives upon the scene and removes the brain chips from the cave, leaving the still mediating body of his best frenemy behind. He places the chips into five super-fast racecars which all suddenly begin to refer to themselves as “Mecha-Brian” on the readouts of the CD players.

    Out of nowhere, five children wearing mono-pastel unitards and matching motorcycle helmets appear at the starting line of a race in which all five Mecha-Brians are enrolled. While performing bad hapkido-like dance moves, the children awkwardly make their high-kicking way into the drivers seats of all five cars, where they infuse the power of Mecha into the car frames. All five cars suddenly stand up and slam into each other forming Super-Mecha-Brian, who then proceeds to stomp all other cars at the starting line into scrap metal before the race even begins while mysteriously only speaking in dialog that sounds like it's spliced together from a cutting room floor.

    Thus, the legend of Super-Mecha-Brian is born.

    See? Easy, peasy. Send screenwriting job offer c/o GrahamTheCat, NYC, USA.

    • Z Kendall

      Awesome! Sounds just like a Vin Diesel Movie.

  • Forwarddeployed

    I was looking at one of Walker's DVD's yesterday. The tagline was: wrong time, wrong place, wrong car…

    That's creepy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      HOURS was amazing
      his best performance imo

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

    kurt russell turned down the oldman role in BB TDK and TDKR

    • Saffron Azreal

      Your point being?

  • coolstang

    Hey Kurt…….His death was “the worst thing that could happen to HIS DAUGHTER”! you dumbazz.

    • Jesemae

      how childish – he wasnt saying anything like what you suggest, you obviously dont have many ducks in the pond – learn to not take everything so literally

  • Jesemae

    over 100 mph on a regular ol street in LA… now i dont even feel sorry for them – he might not have been driving but he could have said hey man lets leave the speed to the track and not risk other peoples lives as well are our own… stupid and selfish

    • Jt

      I guess you've never done something spur of the moment that was foolish. Wish I was that perfect

  • Benjamin Roussey

    I will miss him.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Paul was a good guy.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    I have some topics:

    Ø Environmentalism, the fake God, a false
    idol, and God knows

    Ø 40 million people unemployment because of
    regulations and high taxes

    Ø Obama, the biggest traitor America ever
    saw

    Ø Barnie Frank: The Biggest White Collar
    Criminal America Ever Produced

    Ø Why do Black People Vote for Politicians
    that are Anti-Business?

    Ø Why do Black People Vote for Politicians
    that will keep them on the unemployment lines?

    Ø Why Michelle Obama is living it up while
    Syrian woman and children are getting their heads blown off?

    Ø
    Why are conservative states such as
    Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida doing well?

    Ø
    Why are liberal states such as
    California (where I am from), Illinois, and New York bankrupt? Mmmm….. (It is not a coincidence) (It is
    called created a business friendly environment which liberals not care to do,
    that is why even if Obama was president for 300 years, we would still have a
    jacked up economy)

  • Benjamin Roussey

    There are jobs in Texas and Florida
    and not in California or any other state ran by liberals. Why? It really is not
    that hard to figure out. High taxes and excessive regulations are job killers.
    If you care about prosperity or job creation, voting liberal does not make any
    sense. Societies with lower taxes, and this is proven throughout the ages, that
    levy lower taxes thrive; societies that levy high taxes and regulations kill
    jobs and opportunity for their people. This is why the Sarbanes Oxley, EPA
    rules, Dodd/Frank, our ridiculous tax code, Obamacare, all have to be curtailed
    or cut back. If not, you will have a pathetic economy like we do now. Good job
    Texas and other conservative states for leading the way. California, Illinois,
    New York, you deserve to crumble and you are because you continue to vote into
    office clueless job killing politicians.

    • Jt

      Apple, Google, Yahoo, HP, Facebook…all located in CA…all hiring – and not just software engineers.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        I am from Sacramento. What is the unemployment rate of California???

        • Benjamin Roussey

          That is what I thought.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            How many small businesses have been destroyed by California's high taxes and regulations?

          • Benjamin Roussey

            TEN
            POOREST CITIES (over 250,000 population)

            City,
            State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

            1.
            Detroit , MI

            32.5%

            2.
            Buffalo , NY

            29.9%

            3.
            Cincinnati , OH

            27.8%

            4.
            Cleveland , OH

            27.0%

            5. Miami
            , FL

            26.9%

            5. St.
            Louis , MO

            26.8%

            7. El
            Paso , TX

            26.4%

            8.
            Milwaukee , WI

            26.2%

            9.
            Philadelphia , PA

            25.1%

            10.
            Newark , NJ

            24.2%

            What do
            the top ten cities (over 250,000 population)

            with the
            highest poverty rate all have in common?

            Detroit, MI (1st) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1961.

            Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

            Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

            Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1989.

            Miami , FL
            (5th) has
            never had a Republican mayor.

            St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1949.

            El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a
            Republican mayor.

            Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1908.

            Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1952.

            Newark , NJ (10th) hasn't elected a
            Republican mayor since 1907.

            Einstein once said:

            ‘The
            definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
            and over again and expecting different results.’

            It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still
            POOR!

            “You
            cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.You cannot strengthen the weak by
            weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging
            thrift.You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.You
            cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.You cannot build character
            and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.You cannot help
            people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do
            for themselves.”

          • Benjamin Roussey

            What is the unemployment rate in Detroit, Chicago, LA, and New York? All destroyed by liberals.

          • Budrow

            Benjimin, didn't they try your way already? I think Ronnie called it “The Trikledown Theory”. It didn't work then and it doesn't work now.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            “Give
            a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for
            a lifetime” New White House Proverb: Give a man a welfare check, a free
            cell phone with unlimited free minutes, cash for his clunker, food stamps,
            section 8 housing, free contraceptives, Medicaid, 5 years of unemployment
            checks, free meds, and they will vote for Democrats the rest of their
            life…even after they are deceased.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            What is not working is Obama's as our president.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            There are jobs in Texas and Florida
            and not in California or any other state ran by liberals. Why? It really is not
            that hard to figure out. High taxes and excessive regulations are job killers.
            If you care about prosperity or job creation, voting liberal does not make any
            sense. Societies with lower taxes, and this is proven throughout the ages, that
            levy lower taxes thrive; societies that levy high taxes and regulations kill
            jobs and opportunity for their people. This is why the Sarbanes Oxley, EPA
            rules, Dodd/Frank, our ridiculous tax code, Obamacare, all have to be curtailed
            or cut back. If not, you will have a pathetic economy like we do now. Good job
            Texas and other conservative states for leading the way. California, Illinois,
            New York, you deserve to crumble and you are because you continue to vote into
            office clueless job killing politicians.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Texas is working; California is not. Your philosophy is crumbling. I believe Reagen started a good economy that went pretty much for 27 years. Check your history.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Capitalism has created the
            highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is
            incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is the latest
            demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see.

            ["Theory and Practice," Capitalism: The
            Unknown Ideal]

          • Saffron Azreal

            Think again, Texas is a screw up. I know, I lived there for 20 years.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Is that there is more jobs being created there than California?

          • Benjamin Roussey

            I am from Sacramento, sorry, businesses are leaving California for Texas and other low tax states. If you do not know this, then stop voting and commenting.

            Where are you now?

          • Benjamin Roussey

            With socialized medicine (Obamacare)
            there will be 30 million more people pouring into the system with the same
            amount of doctors. Your kids will die in the waiting room and I will laugh when
            it happens.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Apparently the American woman would rather have the right to
            kill their child (rather than giving it up for adoption) than get a job. Well,
            since many American woman are childless and poor, that is what they get.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Holder
            Says He May No Longer Be Attorney General – he should be in jail – stop killing
            Mexicans. Guilty of Fast and Furious.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            How many awesome sports stadiums are in Dallas. How many pathetic sports stadiums are in California. The 49ers are finally getting a new football stadium after 20 years. Incredible.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            Do you know why jobs
            continue to leave liberal states for conservative ones? Because conservatives
            and conservative states are business friendly. As long as black people continue to complain about life
            (just like Arabs continue to complain about America) they will continue to
            suffer, leave their families, drop out of school, not accomplish much, and not
            focus on being successful.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    The greatest thing America
    offers is that it guarantees that there are no guarantees. With socialism, it
    takes away your ability to fail. Putting a bottom on you, but with a bottom
    always comes a top, to a point where your limits are defined not by you but by
    the state and Never allowing you to define your worth and who you are.

    America offers no guarantees, allowing the opportunity
    to fail, but in doing so allows you the freedom to define who you are as a
    person, created by God, with unlimited potential and the opportunity to succeed
    beyond your wildest dreams.

    “Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness”

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Paul Walker passing is sad but not as sad as Obamacare…..

    ·
    Obama has crushed the dreams and hopes
    of many. Obama does not care about poor people. If he did he would stop
    increasing their numbers! He wants people to receive more free handouts so we
    become more dependent on him. That is the Democrats plan and it works. Millions
    of people depend on their handouts to survive because Democrats have been
    pushing this culture of dependency. Obamacare is a huge example.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Kurt, can you take out Eric Holder for killing Mexicans…..

    Holder
    Says He May No Longer Be Attorney General – he should be in jail – stop killing
    Mexicans. Guilty of Fast and Furious.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Paul brought something to this world, liberals like Barnie Frank destroyed home values……..

    Is Barnie Frank really
    going to get away with destroying Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and devastating
    the housing sector? I guess so.

  • Cally Trask

    Wow, Paul burns to death and Kurt mentions him only after noting the ‘catastrophic’ hassle that it has caused for the film production?! I mean I've always apprectiated Kurt's work even since his child acting days for Disney—but man, that came off as pretty damn thoughtless and callous. Either that or slight senility is strart to set in. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with the latter possibility.