Paul Walker enjoyed his first-ever film-festival experience last night when his high-stakes Daddy drama Hours world premiered at SXSW. In the stripped-down movie, written and directed by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), Walker plays a man who loses his wife during childbirth and then must singlehandedly keep his newborn daughter alive after the hospital is evacuated during Hurricane Katrina.
Walker, 39, tells EW that the role was a departure for him after years grinding away on the Fast franchise. “I was scared because I’ve applied myself in the past but never really,” he says. “I’ve always been one foot in, one foot out of this game because I’m not comfortable with being on the pedestal or the poster. That’s just not who I am. I’m more like the grunt. I want to be the guy behind the guy.”
(Behind every Vin Diesel there must be a willing Paul Walker.)
“I’m not comfortable with attention,” he says. “What’s nice is Hours is small. People who are going to see it are going to see it, people that don’t, don’t and it doesn’t really matter. It’s not a big studio movie [where] you got to be the star and do the red carpet and all the crap that comes with it.”
As for Fast & Furious 6 (in theaters May 24), Walker praises the studio’s decision to resurrect Michelle Rodriguez’s character Letty, who, based on the trailer, has apparently been sucked into the dark side. READ FULL STORY »