MTV will take a break from handing out golden buckets of popcorn this Sunday to honor the life of late actor Paul Walker during the channel's annual Movie Awards.
Walker, who died in a single-car crash last November at the age of 40, was a fixture at the ceremony over the past decade thanks to this starring role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, and his contributions to that series and other films will be remembered by the network, MTV said in a statement.
"Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career," said MTV president Stephen Friedman. "Our audience grew up with him, from 'Varsity Blues' to the 'Furious' franchise. He was a movie star but one that they could relate to. ... 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."
The tribute will be presented by Walker's "Fast and Furious" co-star Jordanna Brewster. Walker is also up for the Best On-Screen Duo award for his role in "Fast 6" alongside Vin Diesel, a trophy the two shared in 2002; regardless of whether he wins Sunday, his memorial tribute will be separate from that award.
The MTV Movie Awards air Sunday night at 9 p.m.
[via Los Angeles Times, h/t HitFix]
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