“It was the ’82 Toyota Corolla. It was faded gold. Paint was peeling off. Any time it rained the trunk filled up with water, but my God, I loved that car so much,” Paul, 34, told PEOPLE Thursday at the film’s Hollywood premiere.
“I was 16 years old. I didn’t come from a lot of money at all, but it got me from point A to point B, you know. I was on the open road and yeah, it was great,” he adds.
While the former Breaking Bad star plays daredevil and car garage owner, a character who is bent on avenging a wrongful conviction and prison rap, Paul says his fast driving has been limited to off-road adventures.
“I go-cart a lot. I used to go-cart a lot. I loved it,” Paul shared as he soaked up plenty of love from his fans who showed up to cheer him on.
“I’ve been in an accident,” Paul said. “One of my best friend’s wife was driving. I was in the backseat. I was in the car for about 15 or 20 second, and we got T-boned from this car. And we flipped about close to four times and i just kind of floated around in the back seat. All of us unharmed.”
• Reporting by SCOTT HUVER