Fast and Furious for 'significant changes', says star

22/01/14

Paul Walker

Kurt Russell, who features in the next Fast and Furious film, has spoken about the future of the project after the death of his co-star Paul Walker.

Russell has been cast as a "father figure" to Vin Diesel's character.

"They're having to rewrite, they're having to do whatever they're having to do to deal with the situation.

"It's catastrophic. It's the worst thing that could happen to a movie but it's not as bad as what happened to Paul," he said.

"So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.

"It's just a situation that they'll work out and, at that time, I'll go back to work."

Paul Walker
Image caption Paul Walker had a starring role in the blockbuster Fast and Furious film series

The latest film in the car-focused franchise, directed by James Wan, is now set for release in April next year.

Russell says he expects to return to set sometime this year.

"At the time [of Paul's death] I had one day left [on set]," he said, "I don't know what is going to happen with that. It's obviously a difficult situation.

"Whether or not this guy dies off in the movie, we don't know. That may have changed now significantly too."

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

The 62-year-old, who has been in a relationship with Kate Hudson's mother, Goldie, for more than 30 years has been speaking at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is there to promote a documentary about his father's minor league baseball team, The Battered Bastards of Baseball.

Paul Walker died on 20 November in California after the car he was in hit a pole and caught fire.

A coroner's report stated that the Porsche was travelling at an "unsafe speed".

Neither Walker nor the driver of the car were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their deaths, a post-mortem examination found.

Both deaths have since been ruled accidents.

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