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  • 22 January 2014, 11:44

Paul Walker Was A Terrific Guy, Says Russell

Kurt Russell has paid tribute to his late Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, calling him a "terrific guy".

Russell joined the cast for the franchise's seventh film and plays a father figure to Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto.

The 62-year-old said he had one day left of filming when Walker died in a car crash outside Los Angeles in November.

He said Walker's death meant he was not sure what would happen with his own role.

"They're having to rewrite, they're having to do whatever they're having to do to deal with the situation. Listen, 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," Russell said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is promoting a documentary about his father's minor-league baseball team, The Battered Bastards of Baseball.

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

The latest film in the fast-car franchise, directed by James Wan, is now set for release in April 2015. Russell expects to return to the set sometime this year.

Russell said of his character, whom he didn't name: "Whether or not this guy dies off in the movie, we don't know, and that may have changed now significantly, too."

Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, was driving a Porsche Carrera GT at 100mph when it crashed into a tree and burst into flames, killing them both.

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