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Saturday, 28th November 2013 is a day most will never forget.

Images of a wrecked Porsche that took actor, Paul Walker’s, life spread around the world like a virus, dominating news channels, the internet, and especially social media. Family, friends, co-stars, and fans joined together to cry, grieve, and attempt to understand how something so devastatingly horrific like this could happen to such a decent guy.

But beneath all the mourning, it leaves one unanswered question. What will happen to the Fast and Furious franchise?

FAST 6, which was released earlier this year, earned a reportedly $800 million worldwide, and FAST 7, already 3 months into production, was tipped to top that, leaving Universal with one hell of a decision to make. How do we continue?

The Crow

Or, do they continue? How does a movie survive when they lose one of their main stars halfway through filming?

When The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus lost actor, Heath Ledger, one third of the way through filming, production was temporarily suspended and Ledger’s role was eventually recast using three actors: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell.

After the accidental death of Brandon Lee, co-star, Sofia Shinas no longer wanted to film The Crow and went back to Los Angeles, leaving Paramount to pull out from having any involvement altogether. It was only after Miramax stepped in and invested a healthy $8 million that the film was completed with the help of CGI, flashbacks, and a stunt double.

Hmm, now there’s an idea. After all, CGI is better than it has ever been, and Paul Walker’s brother did stand in for him while making the movie Running Scared. Could he do it again and finish filming the 7th FAST instalment?

Of course, the studio could just kill Walker’s character off altogether. But this whole franchise is about street racing, fast cars, and lot’s of crashes. Maybe not the moral path to take considering the way in which Walker’s life prematurely ended in reality.

Then there is the good old rewrite, which the script will undoubtedly go through. But to what extent? Will Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, be written out completely? Or will a mash-up of footage be re-edited to finish those all important scenes?

One thing is for sure. No matter how shell-shocked and saddened studio executives and director, James Wan are at the news of Walker’s death, the FAST franchise is one of the studios biggest earners. FAST 7 will be made, distributed, and inevitably become one of the biggest grossing films of all time – it’s just a case of how and when.

Paul founded the charity, Reach Out Worldwide.

Cast members taking a (funny) break on the set of Fast and the Furious 6
(Warning: There is the use of bad language in this clip)

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
What does Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Miranda, and Al Murray’s Happy Hour all have in common?
 
Answer: Comedy writer, Paul Powell.
 
With a Chelmsford education behind him, Paul began writing while studying Engligh at Oxford University. In 1991 he appeared in the Oxford Review and from then on in, was smitten with the written word. Radio Four’s ‘Weekending’ gave Paul his first writing job, where he rubbed shoulders with Ben Millar, Al Murray, and Harry Hill.
 
Since then, Paul has notched up quite a resume, working on some of the best and well-loved comedies on the box. Shows such as Minute to Win It, Miranda, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Top Gear, Hell’s Kitchen, and Dead Ringers have all had the golden touch of Paul’s humorous imagination. And stars such as Ant and Dec, Granham Norton, Bradley Walsh, Paul Merton, and Girls Aloud have all worked with him.
 
In fact, Paul’s comedy skills are so good, he has even reached the dizzy heights of Hollywood, working alongside the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, and very recently, Barry Manilow on ‘An Audience With…’. He even happily admits to cornering Buzz Aldrin at London Studios.
 
And it doesn’t stop there. Paul has won awards….. and lots of them. He picked up a Comedy Award for Al Murray’s Happy Hour, an RTS award for Miranda, starring the brilliant Miranda Hart, and the title of 39th Greatest Comedy Sketch for ‘Saying Goodbye’ from Smack The Pony.
 
 
As well as writing for television, Paul has also written numerous shows for Radio, and he is so passionate about his writing, he even starred in one of his own TV shows, Stuff the week.
 
Oh, and he’s also a non-executive director of Author’s Licensing and Collection Society, an excellent organisation which was formed to protect the rights of writers. And, there’s more…. he co-owns his own production company, Black Dog Television, with Dan Gastor and Will Ing.
 
So, when he’s not at the BBC, or out lunching with women who want a 30 Second Interview, what does Paul get up to? He hangs out at his local coffee shop and co-writes best-selling books: i.e. ‘Top Gear: Alternative Highway Code’, and ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.
 
Phew. The man’s a writing machine!
 
His new show ‘Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask’ starts Monday 6th February at 9pm on Dave. Don’t miss it!
 
 
So what could this man, who’s engaged in a pepper growing race with me, have to say for himself?
 
1.  What is your favorite word?  Louche
 
2. What is your least favorite word? Chillax
 
3. What turns you on?   Wife
 
4. What turns you off?    Cynicism
 
5. What sound do you love?   Glug
 
6. What sound do you hate? Sniffing
 
7. What is your favorite curse word?   Arse
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Musician
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Undertaker
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   ”High-Five.”
 
New Series of Alexander Armstrong's BIG ASK February 2012  
        
  
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