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March 27 2015 | by Rahul

This Is How Paul Walker Was Digitally Created For ‘Furious 7′ For His Unfinished Scenes!

The producers used unused footage of Paul Walker from his previous movies and CGI to finish Paul’s remaining scenes.

Furious 7, the 7th installment of the successful ‘Fast and Furious’ series is out now and that means we will all get to see the late Paul Walker on the big screen one last time.

When Paul Walker tragically passed away midway through the shoot of Furious 7, Universal Pictures and director James Wan faced a difficult task – how to complete the film without Paul Walker? But thanks to modern technology Universal Pictures was able to complete Furious 7 and release it on time.

Paul Walker and His brother Cody Walker (Left)

Paul Walker and His brother Cody Walker (Left)

Universal Pictures have declined to give away the tricks that they used in order to breathe life back into Walker’s character. Because the producers want people go into this movie not fixated on trying to work out which is Paul, which isn’t Paul.

Cody Walker & Caleb Walker

Cody Walker & Caleb Walker

The reports suggest that Paul Walker was brought to life by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital VFX the same company that made ‘The Lord of the Rings’ ( Shanker’s I). The producers used unused footage of Paul Walker from his previous movies. That’s not all! The producers also brought in Paul Walker’s look-alike brothers Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, a stuntman, to act as body doubles and finish Paul’s remaining scenes. When combined these with CGI, carefully chosen camera angles and the right lighting, they are the spitting image of Paul. And here is the result!


Paul Walker is not the first actor to get revived through visual effects. Oliver Reed was digitally recreated for his unfinished scenes in Gladiator when he passed away during production and Nancy Marchand had one final scene on The Sopranos after her death.

For Weta Studios also, this isn’t their first time. Actor Elijah Wood was 18 years old during the filming of ‘The Lord of the Rings'(2001).Ten years later Elijah Wood (now 34) reprised his role as Frodo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit'(2012). Since The Hobbit is a prequel, Elijah Wood would have to be de-aged. Weta Studios digitally softened the wrinkly crags of actor’s face to make him look like a younger hobbit.

Actor Elijah Wood is now 34 years old

Actor Elijah Wood is now 34 years old

Today, it’s possible to create an actor entirely from digital composites, like this Johnny Walker ad featuring Bruce Lee. It’s not perfect yet but it’s close.

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