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Scott Eastwood says he could sense Paul Walker's spirit on Fast & Furious 8 set

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
5 April 2017
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He is the latest addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, and in a new interview Scott Eastwood has revealed that Paul Walker's presence was still very much felt on the set. The 31-year-old explained how filming the upcoming movie has been very poignant, especially since he was good friends with the late star, who died in a horrific car crash in 2013. "On some days I would feel his presence there and suddenly I'd be on the verge of tears. There were moments when I just felt completely overwhelmed by missing him," Scott told Men's Health.

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The American actor, who is the son of Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood, shared how members of the original cast would always stop to remember stories about Paul. "So Vin [Diesel] and Tyrese [Gibson] and I would stop and share stories about him," he added. "The whole experience mirrored a lot of the themes that feature in the movie… It was a powerful thing and I was honoured to be a part of it."

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Scott Eastwood could sense Paul Walker's spirit on Fast & Furious 8 set

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It was announced last year that Scott would appear in the next Fast and Furious film. Shortly after the news broke, the Invictus star took to Instagram to pay tribute to Paul, who appeared in six of the action movies as Brian O'Conner. "It's hard to put into words how excited I am for the next Fast & Furious," Scott wrote. "To me, the series is so much more than just a franchise. It's a legacy. These great actors who have been in it together for so long have become a family. I absolutely can't wait to join it.

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Paul Walker appeared in six of the action movies as Brian O'Conner

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"Now I can't say too much, but I get to play a new character who operates under Kurt Russell in the movie, which is incredible, because Kurt was a total childhood hero of mine growing up. Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy." He continued: "Paul was a close friend of mine. We surfed together, we travelled together, and he was a huge role model and influencing figure in my life when I was younger. He still is. He was an older brother to me. For me to be able to add to the F&F story, Paul's story, and the FAST family is like a dream come true."

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