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Friends Say Paul Walker Had ‘Inner Light’ Before Tragic Death

‘He had a true heart,’ says director on anniversary of actor’s death.

Paul Walker will always be better known for his role as a hunk on The Fast and The Furious, but readers know the late actor grew up in the Hollywood spotlight, transitioning from a child to a teen to an adult star. Because of that, he became a beloved figure in the TV world — especially after his untimely car crash death in 2013.

Now, on the anniversary of his passing, REELZ is debuting its new docuseries, Paul Walker: Behind Closed Doors featuring interviews with many of the actor’s friends, family members and fans.

“He had this kind of movie star charisma that can’t be manufactured, it’s this kind of organic and had these impossible good looks, these piercing blue eyes and this sandy blonde hair,” says Variety’s Brent Lang in the show teaser.

“Just seeing him on camera, he just kind of popped. What was it about him?” Natalie Morales asks “The Fast and the Furious” director Rob Cohen.

“He had an inner light that you couldn’t deny. He had a true heart. He had true empathy, he had true sensitivity to others,” replies Cohen.

“No matter the celebrity, I think when they die young we develop this fascination with their lives after their deaths, but with someone like Paul Walker, who just projected this image of goodness, that fascination is a little bit stronger,” explains Kevin Fallon from The Daily Beast.

“I think people still have the sense that they don’t really know the full story about him, that they don’t know who he really was. So there’s a continued interest in him to this day,” adds PEOPLE’s Kate Coyne.


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