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Paul Walker was planning to 'step away from Hollywood' before his death, says his father

The Fast and Furious actor wanted to spend more time with his daughter

Antonia Molloy
Tuesday 18 November 2014 17:58 GMT
Paul Walker died on 30 November 2013
Paul Walker died on 30 November 2013 (Getty Images)

Paul Walker had been preparing to turn his back on Hollywood before he tragically died in a car crash, his father has said.

The Fast and Furious star had wanted to devote more time to his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, according to Paul Walker Sr.

Speaking to the Mail Online ahead of the first anniversary of the 40-year-old’s death, Walker Sr said that his son didn’t really want to commit to future Fast and Furious films, in addition to three films in an Agent 47 series.

He said: “Paul was planning on taking a break from starring in movies, and stepping away from Hollywood, to spend more time with Meadow.

“'He was so proud of her, she is incredibly intelligent and beautiful, and Paul wanted to be there for her as she grew up.

“In fact, he would've swapped his Hollywood fame for the quiet life with Meadow. Paul wasn't big on fame and preferred to live modestly.”

He added that his son had regretted signing on for the Agent 47 franchise.

"That was something he confessed to me he wished he hadn't done because he wanted to be with Meadow."

Walker died on 30 November last year when the Porsche he was in hit a lamppost in Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT owned and driven by his friend Roger Rodas, who was also killed when the car crashed and burst into flames.

Rodas, 38, was the CEO of Always Evolving, a car customisation shop in Santa Clarita, reportedly co-owned by Walker. The pair were taking part in an event organised by Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide, in support of the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

Walker Sr also said that his son was also considering swapping racing cars for surfing.

“He was bored of the car thing.

“He actually told me, before he died, that he had rediscovered the ocean and had taken up surfing again."

He added: “There was no Hollywood airs and graces about him, he was just so down-to-earth and really nice to everybody he ever met.”

Meadow will inherit Walker’s entire fortune, which is estimated to be around $16 million.

Fast and Furious 7, in which the late actor appears, is scheduled for release in April 2015.

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