Paul Walker's brother Cody says Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious have honored Paul's legacy

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Paul Walker’s brother Cody is happy with the way that Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious franchise has honored Paul’s legacy after his tragic death in 2013. 

The 32-year-old actor spoke to TMZ when he was stopped outside of Sancho’s Tacos in Huntington Beach on Saturday.

‘Vin and the whole family have done a really good job of tastefully kind of letting the character ride off into the sunset,’ he told the media outlet.

Paying tribute: Paul Walker's brother Cody is happy with the way that Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious franchise has honored Paul's legacy after his tragic death in 2013.

Paying tribute: Paul Walker’s brother Cody is happy with the way that Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious franchise has honored Paul’s legacy after his tragic death in 2013.

He continued, ‘I think Paul would get a kick out of where it’s gone. It’s gotten so crazy you know It’s a wild wild ride at this point.’

‘Paul was very much the purist, you know, the real car guy I couldn’t speculate what he would think, I just know that Vin always takes a very serious approach when it comes to keeping Paul’s legacy in mind,’ Cody told TMZ.

‘He’s always done a really nice job when it comes to paying tribute to his character. They worked together and were brothers for years.’

Honoring his memory: 'Vin and the whole family have done a really good job of tastefully kind of letting the character ride off into the sunset,' he told the media TMZ

Honoring his memory: ‘Vin and the whole family have done a really good job of tastefully kind of letting the character ride off into the sunset,’ he told the media TMZ

Filling in: At the time of his death, Paul and the Fast & Furious cast were in the middle of filming Furious 7. The movie eventually was finished after several rewrites with Cody and Paul's other brother Caleb acting as stand-ins for Paul

Filling in: At the time of his death, Paul and the Fast & Furious cast were in the middle of filming Furious 7. The movie eventually was finished after several rewrites with Cody and Paul’s other brother Caleb acting as stand-ins for Paul

At the time of his death, Paul and the Fast & Furious cast were in the middle of filming Furious 7.  The movie eventually was finished after several rewrites with Cody and Paul’s other brother Caleb acting as stand-ins for Paul’s lead character Brian O’Connor along with CGI.  It was released in 2015.    

The ninth installment, Furious 9, will be released on June 25, 2021. When asked if if it would have beyond Paul’s wildest dreams that the franchise has reached this point, Cody said, “Absolutely, absolutely. They were all so young when this whole thing started and I was even younger. 

‘I was in middle school when this whole thing started and that’s where my love of cars came from,’ he said.

Long-running: The franchise began in 2001 and the ninth installment, Furious 9, will be released on June 25, 2021. Still from Fast & Furious 7 in 2015

Long-running: The franchise began in 2001 and the ninth installment, Furious 9, will be released on June 25, 2021. Still from Fast & Furious 7 in 2015

‘II meet people all the time that go, your brother is the reason I love cars. to which I say, me too.’

One of the stunt cars from the original movie, an orange 1994 Toyota Supra driven by Paul, is being auctioned off in Las Vegas on June 18 and 19. Cody was asked about how much money he thought the car would fetch at auction.  

‘It’s a character in the movie.’ Cody said. ‘I don’t what to even speculate. All we have to go off is the car they sold a few years back. It was a Supra but it wasn’t the car that this one is. This is a ’94 I think it’s stunt one so it’s got all the real go fast parts on it. It’s the real deal. I think it went for around $200,000. 

Piece of history: One of the stunt cars from the original movie, an orange 1994 Toyota Supra driven by Paul, is being auctioned off in Las Vegas on June 18 and 19. Seen in 2005

Piece of history: One of the stunt cars from the original movie, an orange 1994 Toyota Supra driven by Paul, is being auctioned off in Las Vegas on June 18 and 19. Seen in 2005

When asked if he thought it could sell for over one million, Cody responded, ‘With what’s going on right now in the car world, the price of cars has skyrocketed and this being an actual screen-used Stunt 1. 

‘I really can’t say, it could go for a lot,’ he said. ‘I think Paul would think it’s hilarious to be honest with you.’   

He went on to say, ‘When they filmed these movies, I don’t think if you would have asked Paul in 2001 where he thinks this franchise would have gone, I don’t think he would think they would be on the ninth film at this point. They are just having a lot of fun making these movies.’

Sweet: Cody was in middle school when Paul starred in the Fast & Furious and attributes his love of cars to the franchise

Sweet: Cody was in middle school when Paul starred in the Fast & Furious and attributes his love of cars to the franchise

Meanwhile, Vin has stayed close with Walker’s daughter Meadow.       

Recently she made it clear that her father’s Diesel was also ‘family’ in a sweet photo she posted to Instagram.

The 22-year-old model included a black-and-white snap of herself embracing the action star and his 13-year-old daughter Hania. 

Sticking together: Paul Walker's daughter Meadow, 22, shared a photo on Sunday of herself hugging her dad's Fast & Furious costar Vin Diesel and his 13-year-old daughter Hania, calling them 'Family'

Sticking together: Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow, 22, shared a photo on Sunday of herself hugging her dad’s Fast & Furious costar Vin Diesel and his 13-year-old daughter Hania, calling them ‘Family’

The grainy photo featured Meadow in a sheer sleeveless top as she wrapped her arms around Vin, who looked casual in a white tank top and aviator sunglasses.

He held his old friend’s daughter in one arm while hugging Hania, who wore a striped sleeveless dress, in the other. 

The photo appeared to be a throwback, as Meadow’s raven tresses were longer than the short bob she has showed off recently on social media.

She expressed similar sentiments in June of 2020 when she shared a cute photo of herself surrounded by Hania and Vin’s other two children, Vincent, 11, and Pauline, six.

Bonded: She expressed similar sentiments in June of 2020 when she shared a cute photo of herself surrounded by Hania and Vin's other two children, Vincent, 11, and Pauline, six

Bonded: She expressed similar sentiments in June of 2020 when she shared a cute photo of herself surrounded by Hania and Vin’s other two children, Vincent, 11, and Pauline, six

'So proud': Vin gushed about how proud he was of Meadow on her 21st birthday in November 2019, which elicited thanks from her

‘So proud’: Vin gushed about how proud he was of Meadow on her 21st birthday in November 2019, which elicited thanks from her

‘Family, forever,’ she captioned that photo.

Vin previously shared a sweet post for Meadow’s 21st birthday in November 2019, along with a photo of her and his youngest daughter Pauline.

‘I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming… but the truth is I have always been proud of you. Happy Birthday Meadow!’ he wrote. ‘I know it’s your 21st and you wanted to go big in Japan, but the family has a cake waiting for you when you get home, so hurry. Love you kid,’ he wrote, signing it ‘Uncle Vin.’

‘Thanks you so much,’ she replied. ‘I can’t wait to see you soon. And my little angels. Love you.’

In remembrance: Vin took to Instagram late last year to mark the seventh anniversary of the passing of his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker

In remembrance: Vin took to Instagram late last year to mark the seventh anniversary of the passing of his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker

Late last year, Vin shared a heartfelt tribute to his late friend Paul on the seventh anniversary of his death.

Along with a black-and-white photo of the two actors, he wrote, ‘Seven years… Not a day passes…All love, Always.’  

Fond memories: Meadow marked the anniversary of her father's death with an adorable photo of her as a child sleeping on the lap of her 'forever angel'

Fond memories: Meadow marked the anniversary of her father’s death with an adorable photo of her as a child sleeping on the lap of her ‘forever angel’

Meadow shared her own throwback at the time with a photo of herself as a child sitting on her father’s lap, while calling him her ‘best bud.’ 

She called the anniversary of Paul’s death ‘a silly day to remember in sadness.’

‘Today’s a celebration of the love and happiness you brought to the world. here’s a photo of my best bud & I napping,’ she wrote.

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