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‘Fast and Furious’ Star Was Angry

April 7, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Paul Walker said he was angry when Vin Diesel, his co-star in ``The Fast and the Furious,″ pulled out of the sequel, ``2 Fast 2 Furious.″

``I thought we were partners. It hurt my feelings,″ Walker told Teen People magazine for its May issue. ``But once I stepped back, I realized that I couldn’t take it personally _ it’s all about business.″

Diesel chose not to do the sequel after a problem with contract negotiations. His new action movie, ``A Man Apart,″ in which he plays a DEA agent seeking revenge for his wife’s murder, opened at No. 3 at the box office this past weekend with $11.2 million.

Walker becomes the star in ``2 Fast 2 Furious,″ opening June 6. He reprises his role as Brian O’Conner, an undercover cop who infiltrated a Los Angeles drag-racing ring in the original 2001 film. Now, Brian has been stripped of his badge and must redeem himself by investigating street racers in Miami.

The 29-year-old actor said he’s always been into cars.

``My grandfather raced cars for Ford in the ’60s, and my father was a gear head,″ he said. ``I can tell you the name, make, model and year of any car going down the street.″

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