(LOS ANGELES) — It’s no secret that off-screen, the late Paul Walker loved his charitable work and adored his daughter, Meadow.
In the new documentary, I Am Paul Walker, fans get an up-close look at the Fast & Furious star, who died in a car crash in 2013 at the age of 40.
“He didn’t idolize all these people and go, ‘I wanna be a big movie star one day,'” his brother Cody Walker told GMA in advance of the documentary’s release later this month.
In fact, he stayed out of the spotlight, often spending his free time working with his non-profit, Reach Out Worldwide. He was especially protective when it came to protecting Meadow.
“He loved her. He was so proud of her,” Cody said. “He also carried a lot of guilt for not being the traditional type of father that was necessarily there every step of the way.”
Cody continued, “He would say things like, ‘I only have this many more years until she’s all grown up’…He had signed on to do a…another…three-movie deal. And then got the news that she was gonna come live with him. And he went immediately to go get himself out of [the deal], but it was just beyond that point of no return. And it crushed him.”
The loss is still hard on the family, including Paul’s father.
“I see Paul’s face all the time. I had this, whatever you wanna call it…this voice said, ‘Good to see you, Dad.’ And then it was, ‘Don’t be afraid, it’s your son, Paul.’ Crazy, but I think of that … it makes me feel good,” his father Paul Walker Sr. said, choking up.
I Am Paul Walker airs Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. EST on the Paramount Network.
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