Paul Walker Tribute At MTV Movie Awards Will Be a Somber & Serious Turn of Events
The MTV Movie Awards are coming up this weekend and while it's one of the most carefree awards shows out there, it will have at least one serious moment come Sunday. The MTV Movie Awards will honor Paul Walker this year following his tragic death in November at age 40. The tribute is sure to be touching to both fans and fellow actors considering Walker was a mainstay at the Movie Awards due to his role in the Fast and the Furious series.
MTV president Stephen Friedman said of the decision to honor Walker,
Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career. Our audience grew up with him, from Varsity Blues to the Furious franchise. He was a movie star that they could relate to. Paul’s humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role. We’re honored to be able to spend a moment in this year’s Movie Awards to celebrate him.
In 2002, Walker won a Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team along with Vin Diesel for the original The Fast and the Furious movie and was nominated for Breakthrough Male Performance. This year, Walker and Diesel are up for the Best On-Screen Duo award again (although with a slightly different name) for their roles in Fast & Furious 6. If they win, Diesel's acceptance will surely be emotional for the actor who worked with Walker in six of the seven Fast and Furious films.
In addition to being up for awards at the MTV Movie Awards, Walker has served as a presenter. Last year Walker presented along with his Furious franchise costars Jordanna Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and Vin Diesel. Brewster, who played Walker's wife in the movies, will introduce his tribute on Sunday.
The award show's executive producer Garrett English echoed Friedman's statements saying,
He's been such a big part of the channel, what the channel's audience has been about. He's been such a big part of our show in the past that it felt really right to us, and we're just really happy and honored that they were willing to allow us to do something for him on the show.
For more information on the Paul Walker tribute and everything else that goes down at the show, be sure to check back on Sunday, April 13 for Bustle's live coverage of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.