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The late and beloved actor Paul Walker will hit the silver screen this weekend with the thriller “Hours,” his very last film, which he co-stars with Latina actress Génesis Rodríguez.
The film, set and shot in New Orleans, revolves around Nolan Hayes, whose life spirals out of control just hours before Hurricane Katrina ravages the coastal city ― and just when his wife Abigail (Rodríguez) goes unexpectedly into labor.
“You see these two people who are madly in love,” said Walker in a featurette, a short documentary film about the making of the movie. “Next think you know they are married and pregnant. This guy is on cloud nine.”
But the cloud quickly dissolves when the birth of his daughter goes wrong and everyone is forced to evacuate. Nolan is told to stay with his daughter, but no help ever comes, forcing him to make life-or-death decisions to keep his baby alive.
Rodriguez, who is the daughter of Venezuelan crooner José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma,” spoke very highly of Walker and his work in the film, which heavily features him throughout.
“He was just one of the nicest, coolest guys around,” she said. “Paul brings such a humanity to Nolan that it couldn’t have worked out better,” she added.
She said the film is a compelling story about survival and love – “It has a little bit about everything.”
“When you are around Paul, you see how a genuine person he is,” said director Eric Heisserer about the late actor. “You know when he is happy and entertaining. He just lights up the room. You know when he’s being honest with you and you know when he is committed to something.”
Walker, 40, was killed in a fiery crash Nov. 30 along with friend and financial advisor Roger Rodas, after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving smashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The LA County Coroner confirmed last week the identities of both men, whose bodies were burned to the extent that dental records were needed.
Their deaths were ruled “accidents,” and toxicology results are still about seven weeks away.
“Hours” producer Peter Safran said of Walker: “The depth that he brings to the screen – I was really surprised. We all knew that it would work; I think we didn’t realize just how far Paul would take it and really has.”
“When you do this, you have no choice but to really look inside and figure out what really moves you and really makes you tick,” Walker said.
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