(See previous post: “Paul Walker Dead: Fast and Furious Actor Killed in Fiery Car Crash.”) Aside from the Fast and Furious franchise, Paul Walker was featured in about 15 movies since the turn of the century; most of those were little-seen releases that did nothing to expand his following beyond fans of slick, high-speed shenanigans, e.g., John Glenn’s thriller and straight-to-DVD release The Lazarus Project (2008), co-starring Piper Perabo; Wayne Kramer’s box office bomb Running Scared, with Vera Farmiga; John Stockwell’s mix of deep-sea adventure and crime thriller Into the Blue, with Jessica Alba and Josh Brolin; and another straight-to-DVD effort, Mukunda Michael Dewil’s poorly received thriller Vehicle 19 (2013).
Paul Walker’s handful of more prestigious and/or successful films were Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers (2006), a box office disappointment also featuring Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, and a whole array of young actors; Eight Below (2006), Walker’s biggest non-Fast and Furious hit ($81.61 million in North America), and in which he plays a sled-dog trainer struggling to organize a rescue mission to save his dogs left stranded in Antarctica; and John Luessenhop’s moderate sleeper hit Takers, a ensemble crime thriller also featuring Hayden Christensen, Idris Elba, and Matt Dillon.
Walker’s most recent release was Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles, with the likes of Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Earlier this year, the ensemble action-comedy took in a negligible $8,088 in North America.
Paul Walker in ‘Hours’: Living ‘the experience making a movie’
According to the IMDb, Paul Walker will next be seen in the thriller Hours, playing a man fighting to save his newborn daughter as Hurricane Katrina wreaks havoc in the hospital where the baby is being kept alive by a ventilator. Written and directed by Eric Heisserer, Hours is set to open in limited release on December 13 in the United States. Also in the Hours cast: Genesis Rodriguez, TJ Hassan, and Judd Lormand.
“What I’ve found recently is the heart, the soul, whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t differentiate,” Walker told USA Today about his work on Hours. “If you really live the experience making a movie, it’s the same as living it in real life, as crazy as it sounds. My victory in that movie was my victory in real life.”
Besides Fast & Furious 7, in 2014 Paul Walker will also be seen in Brick Mansions, a French-Canadian production directed by Camille Delamarre, and co-written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri. In the film, Walker plays an undercover cop who infiltrates the gang of a crime lord with access to a neutron bomb. Also in the Brick Mansions cast: Robert Maillet, RZA, Carlo Rota, David Belle, and Catalina Denis. (More information on the Paul Walker movie ‘Brick Mansions.’)
Reach Out Worldwide
As per the Reach Out Worldwide website, while taking part in the relief efforts following Haiti’s deadly earthquakes in January 2010, Paul Walker "saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations." After the Haiti trip, Walker joined forces with friends to create Reach Out Worldwide, described as "a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-set."
The site adds that the organization "operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better."
According to reports, Paul Walker was in a seven-year relationship with Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23. He also leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker, from a previous relationship.
Paul Walker movie Hours photo: Skip Bolen / The Safran Company.