After the tragic death of Fast & Furious
star Paul Walker, the actor's brothers stepped in to help finish the seventh installment of the film franchise. The late actor's father, Paul Walker III
, opened up to ET about what it meant to have his family step up in such a big way.
When Caleb and Cody Walker
stepped in as body doubles for their late brother Paul in the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious
franchise, they were immediately were welcomed into a family of cast and crew that has grown close since the first film's release in 2001.
"They said, 'Dad, these people really loved Paul!' And I said, 'Yeah, now they love you. You're the same,'" Paul Walker III tells ET's Nancy O'Dell. "They're the same as Paul. They're all chipped from the same brick."
While the cast loved Walker, the feeling was clearly mutual. Paul's father tells us that the actor loved all of his co-stars and shared some stories about Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in particular.
"Michelle Rodriguez he said was the most fun person to go out on the town with," he reveals and adds that he doesn't think "Vin realized how highly Paul thought of him" before he passed.
"I don't think Vin realized how highly Paul thought of him," Paul III adds.
On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, a pro-am racer, drove away from a fundraising event for Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide, with Rodas behind the wheel of a limited-edition Porsche Carrera GT. Before long, the car crashed into a concrete lamp post, causing the vehicle to catch fire.
While cherishing the memory of his son, Paul's father showed us home videos of the actor learning how to shoot a bow and arrow as a child.
"I'm glad I'm the man who did it," Walker III says. "I got to teach him."
Paul's mom, Cheryl, is also featured in the home movies. Walker III, who has been separated from Cheryl for about 12 years, filled us in on how she's holding up. "She's doing better," he says. "She instilled in her children that there's nobody better than you and there’s nothing you can't do. She was a cheerleader to my children."
Fast & Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.