R.I.P. Paul Walker

Posted: December 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Deciding to write this piece was not an easy decision for me to make. I didn’t want to come across as one of those people that jumps at the chance to write about the latest tragedy in order to promote themselves but at the same time I felt compelled to write something more than a simple tweet of condolence. After all, we here at YDKSAF often talk about emotional connections in our movie discussions, so I guess it’s natural for us to want to talk about it but instead of focusing on the tragedy that brought an early end to the life of one of our favorite wheelmen, lets talk about the films we enjoyed.

The first film I remember watching with Paul Walker was Pleasentville. Walker played Skip Martin, the not so intelligent captain of the basketball team and object of Jennifers (Reese Witherspoon) desires. Even though it was only a supporting role, Walker did such a great job that you could see him easily being typecast in that role but thankfully he wasn’t. He played the role of the constantly cheery Skip with ease and you just knew this kid was going places.

Varsity Blues, the story of four kids playing high school football in a small Texas town and the effects of James Van Der Beeks southern accent can have on you. This time around Walker played the some what more intelligent star quarterback and captain of the football team Lance Harbor. I’ll have to be honest with you friends, Varsity Blues ranks high on my list of favorite films and part of the reason is Walkers performance.

In 2000 The Skulls saw Walker paired up with another resident of Dawsons Creek, Joshua Jackson. The two played college students trying to get into a secret society called Shiny Puppy Rainbows, wait…no it was called The Skulls. The role of Caleb Mandrake allowed Walker to stretch his legs as an actor and he even makes you feel bad for the poor little rich boy that has everything given to him but gets manipulated by daddy, until he finally takes control of his life by popping a cap in his pops.

Then came the film that launched a thousand nitro boosted teenage boys into thinking they were street racers. Point Break. I mean The Fast and The Furious, possibly the biggest role of Walkers career and one that led to one of the most popular film franchises not featuring aliens. This role showed us that Walker had the makings of a leading man/action star and he would go on to star in four more films in the series. Walker had already begun filming for the seventh film when a tragic accident claimed his life as well as the life of his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving.

I didn’t know Paul Walker personally but from the outpouring of love we’ve seen from his friends, family, co-stars and fans, I think it’s safe to say that he was a down to earth, genuinely nice guy that enjoyed helping others. He was a great actor and every film I watched him in I enjoyed, including Eight Below. I recently caught up on the Fast and Furious movies and look forward to watching the sixth one. To the friends and family we offer our condolences during this tough time. We’ll miss you Paul. Till next time friends, stay entertained.

-YDKSAF

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