Paul Walker Talks Similarities to His ‘Fast & Furious’ Character: ‘The Parallels Are Crazy’

It’s been over a decade since a baby-faced Paul Walker first graced the big screen as undercover cop Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious.

Now the sixth installment of the speed-addled franchise is set to crash into theaters this Friday. Since the original, Brian has transformed from a law-enforcement officer to a car-racing, criminal fugitive continually trying to evade arrest with the woman he loves, Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster).

Though Walker’s movie-star life is a world away, he can readily relate to the character that’s come to define his acting career.

“For years I’ve been doing it, the parallels [between] Brian’s life and my life, it’s crazy,” he told Celebuzz’s Cory Lopez. “I’m like what the hell? It’s personal stuff, ya know. But I look at it and it’s like, I substitute this for that, and that for that. But in terms of journey, it’s been pretty similar.”

And that journey includes parenthood, as Brian and Mia settle down as a family with their first child in the new film.

“A big part of the reason I think we all sort of connect with this and what’s going on in our relationship is because I do think we carry it over into our personal lives,” explained Walker, who has teenaged daughter Meadow with an ex-girlfriend. “I mean, who doesn’t want that? Whether you really possess it in real life or not, it’s irrelevant. Everybody wants that.”

“Everybody wants that sense of family or community,” he continued. “That’s why we got gangs. That’s why we got all this stuff. It’s like, if you don’t have it at home, you’re going to create it some place else.”

Stick with Celebuzz all week from coverage of Fast & Furious 6 before it comes out on May 24, including interviews with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the whole gang naming their ultimate heist team match-up.