Paul Walker to Be Honored at the MTV Movie Awards
Paul Walker, the late Fast & the Furious actor, who died on Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year’s event. There will be clips of his work, and his Fast co-star Jordana Brewster will take the stage to speak about him and introduce the package.
MTV president Stephen Friedman said that the tribute was fitting. “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,” Friedman said. “He was a movie star but one that they could relate to.”
He added, “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.”
MTV Movie Awards executive producer Garrett English told The AP: “Well, I think we are just really happy and honored that they were willing to allow us to celebrate him in some way on the show. And his family and friends were willing to have that happen.
“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.”
Conan O’Brien will host the event from Los Angeles’s Nokia Theater which airs on Sunday at 8c/9p on MTV.