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How 'Fast and Furious 7' star Paul Walker was recreated through CGI

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 8, 2015, 10:21 pm IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 12:13 pm IST
After his tragic demise in 2013, the actor's younger brother stepped in to take the wheel
 
Mumbai: 'Fast and Furious 7', late actor Paul Walker's last ride, is enjoying a grand opening weekend in India, as it raked in 70 crores.
 
According to Universal Pictures India, the release has created history at the Box Office, and the film has broken all time box office records in India.
 
Photo: Instagram
 
For those who have watched the film, it is almost hard to believe that certain scenes of the movie didn’t really have the actor but his brother. Paul passed away in a tragic car accident in November 2013, leaving several scenes in the movie incomplete. 
 
Instead of killing off his character in the film, the makers found it best to finish his character Brian O'Connor’s story. The makers even went on to give the star a proper send off in the last three minutes of the film.
 
Photo: YouTube video grab
 
In order to finish the film, the makers made use of state of the art visual effects and a rotation of body doubles. This was made in addition to all the footage Paul shot prior to his death. It was reported that the studio hired four body doubles that shared a similar physique. The actor’s face was then mapped over the bodies of these doubles, one of which was his brother Cody
 
Photo: Instagram
Photo: YouTube video grab
Photo: YouTube video grab
 
Cody Walker took over the wheel and was seen accompanying the crew to Abu Dhabi to shoot major portions of the film. Although the two bore much resemblance to the star, Paul’s face was ‘mapped’ onto his brother’s body.
 
Photo: Instagram
 
Cody could be seen with several black markers on his face while shooting, which was later used to as a base for his brother’s face. 
 
Photo: Instagram
 
According to multiple reports, Paul already had his entire body mapped, that in turn made the replication true and exact, instead of just an artist’s rendering. 
 
Photo: Representational image of YouTube video grab
 
 
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