TMZ caught up with Michelle and asked how she felt about Scott replacing Paul. “I don’t know about that. Nobody will ever, as long as I live, fill that role. Understand that?” She said. However, Scott isn’t filling the SAME role as Paul, he’s just filling the void he left. Michelle doesn’t have a problem with that. “I’m happy he’s on board, he’s a cool actor.”
Scott himself definitely understands what Paul meant to the group, and explained on Instagram what he meant to him. “Paul was a close friend of mine. We surfed together, traveled together, and he was a huge role model and influencing figure in my life when I was younger. He still is. He was an older brother to me.” So sweet!
To explain what he will actually be doing in the film, Scott said “Now I can’t say too much, but I get to play a new character who operates under Kurt Russell in the movie, which is incredible, because Kurt was a total childhood hero of mine growing up. Very much looking forward to learning a thing or two from such an original and cool guy.”
Scott definitely appreciates the responsibility he’s accepted, and explains “To me, the series is so much more than just a franchise. It’s a legacy. These great actors who have been in it together for so long have become a family. I absolutely can’t wait to join it. For me to be able to add to the F&F story, Paul’s story, and the FAST family is like a dream come true.” We’re sure he’ll do Paul justice!
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