Fast and Furious actor Sung Kang, known for his role as Han Lue in the film series, provided star power to an Orange County, California, district attorney’s new public service announcement against street racing.
Kang was joined by Cody Walker, the brother of Paul Walker, who starred as the series’s lead man, Brian O’Conner, before his death in a 2013 high-speed car crash in California.
The PSA points to deaths, such as Paul Walker’s, in an effort to bring sobering consideration to the danger involved in street racing.
“Taking over streets, destroying intersections, and driving nearly 190 mph in traffic next to innocent drivers and passengers are dangerous and violent crimes, and they must be treated as such,” Orange County, California, District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.
In the PSA, cars are seen racing around an open track while piano music plays to a heartbeat-like rhythm.
Kang is heard narrating, “Sometimes, we just want to get in our cars and drive ... and sometimes, we just want to go a little fast, and a bit furious."
One car then stalls out and loses control as it rounds a curve before Cody Walker appears, standing by a car encouraging viewers to slow down.
“Guys, let's be responsible," Walker says. "There's someone waiting for you at home."
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Commercial automotive photographer Larry Chen oversaw the cinematography for the project, which included photos of people who have been killed in street racing accidents.
“These are real people with real futures — futures that were devastated by illegal street racing,” Spitzer added. “I want to thank Sung Kang, Cody Walker, Larry Chen, and all the professional drivers and crew who made this PSA a reality. It is a true leader who uses their fame and notoriety to educate the young people who look up to them and encourage them to be responsible and make the right choice to keep it on the track.”
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Spitzer made the PSA available to every law enforcement agency in the United States.
Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, died in a one-car crash on Nov. 30, 2013, when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were driving smashed into a light pole and tree in a community about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.