I confess to knowing very little, in fact next to nothing as it transpires, about Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious Franchise and films such as Running Scared and Flags Of Our Fathers.
I Am Paul Walker is a documentary about the young actor, tragically taken away from us in 2013 after a car accident.
There’s commentary from Paul’s family; his mother, father, sister and brothers – both of whom could pass for his twin. We also hear from co-star Tyrese Gibson, director Rob Cohen, his agent, Paul’s stunt double and an actor friend of his.
As it transpires, Paul was a conflicted man. He had a love of the ocean which, second only to his daughter Meadow, was the main passion in his life.
Quite often he would disappear from the world, his agent being unable to get hold of him, only to find that Paul had been off surfing or whale watching or something.
He didn’t like being part of the Hollywood machine, he often said he’d prefer to have been a park ranger or marine biologist and went on many trips with fellow researchers looking into sharks and other marine life.
Paul was a big philanthropist but kept it all quiet, he didn’t want the publicity, that’s not what he was doing it for, he was doing it because he felt it was the right thing to do, that it was helping people.