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Paul Walker Documentary To Air On August 11

Paul Walker made his name through the Fast and the Furious franchise, starring in a total of seven movies, the last one released posthumously. But aside from being an actor, he was also a well-known figure in the world of cars.

Car enthusiasts around the world knew who Walker was because he was not only passionate about making movies that centered on tough-riding sports cars. He was also in love with sports cars and died riding in the passenger seat of a Porsche Carrera GT.

That tragedy was what prompted Paramount Network to make a documentary of his life entitled “I Am Paul Walker.” The trailer for the documentary showed various interviews with Walker’s family, cast members, and friends. Of course, there will be plenty of footages of the actor—from his childhood to the many times he spent behind the wheel. It was, well, a “life well-lived.”

An interview with his sister showed that the actor had a penchant for speed even before he started making the movies. She talked about how he always liked to go fast even as a kid.

While the documentary was deeply personal for Walker’s family and friends, most of the world knows the actor as Brian O’Connor, a street-racing former-FBI-agent-turned-secret-government-agent in the long-running Fast and the Furious franchise.

The franchise was in its seventh installment in 2013 when Walker died while riding shotgun in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend, Roger Rodas. The car went out of control, striking a power pole and catching fire. Both men were killed in the accident and investigators found that the car was traveling 90 mph at the time of the crash. That was double the posted speed limit in the area. There were no malfunctions in the vehicle and the car’s safety systems all worked during the crash.

Despite these findings, Walker’s father and daughter filed wrongful death lawsuits against Porsche. The case was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.

The documentary will air on August 11. Other episodes include “I Am Heath Ledger,” “I Am Dale Earnhardt,” and “I Am Steve McQueen.”

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