MTV Movie Awards 2014 to Pay Tribute to Paul Walker
Paul Walker will be honored at the upcoming 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards. The late actor who died in a fiery car accident last November will be remembered during live telecast on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. His "Fast and Furious" co-star Jordana Brewster will introduce and lead the tribute, and clips of his work will be shown.
"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," said MTV's president Stephen Friedman. "He was a movie star but one that they could relate to."
He went on, "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 event's executive producer Garrett English told The Associated Press, "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."
Other special honorees are Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum. The "Transformers: Age of Extinction" actor will be given Generation Award by "Entourage" cast like Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara. Meanwhile, the "22 Jump Street" star will be handed Trailblazer Award by his "Jupiter Ascending" co-star, Mila Kunis.
Conan O'Brien will host the event. Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Rihanna, and Eminem are among the performers. Shailene Woodley is set to present at the awards show along with her "The Fault in Our Stars" co-star Ansel Elgort. Other confirmed presenters are Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Lupita Nyong'o, Johnny Depp, and Andrew Garfield.
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