But setting aside for a moment that police say speed was a contributing factor in his death – not exactly an admirable thing given Walker and his race car driver pal were on city streets – there’s been a flood of rumors, news and additional information to sort through.
Starting with the unfortunate report that Walker basically burned to death – albeit rapidly – and that at present, we’re about a third of the way through the up to 90 day time frame it may take to learn the exact cause of the crash.
Rumors as to what may happen to Walker’s yet-to-be-completed Fast & Furious 7 movie have been flying as well. Starting with the controversy that Justin Bieber might replace Walker in the film. Not gonna happen probably if the negative Twitter response to the Biebs is any indication.
Another possibility; that Walker’s younger brother Cody – a 25 year-old Hollywood stuntman who kinda sorta looks like Paul – might lend a hand for some of the movie’s final scenes once production is resumed.
On a more controversial note, an online petition at go petition.com has attracted more than 1,600 signatures to change the name of Hercules Street, where Walker died, to Walker / Rodas Memorial Way (Roger Rodas was the driver of the Porsche).
I dunno, naming a street after a pair of scofflaws who died on it while breaking however many laws seems a stretch to me. Just as comparing pretty boy, B actor Walker to award winning iconic actor James Dean is laughable.
I watched Walker’s latest movie Vehicle 19 the other night and it’s hard to imagine a more wooden, uninspired performance. Not surprisingly, almost the entire movie takes place in a souped up Mustang Cobra with Walker driving at breakneck speeds on city streets, through public parks in a plot so thin it makes the Fast & Furious movies appear Academy Award worthy.
Now let’s take a look at a column comments section dude Chuck sent me on Walker.
“Paul Walker: Excessive Hype Over mediocre Actor Who Was Good-Looking; James Dean Again,” reads the headline of a column by Debbie Schlussel.
“I’m sorry he died and feel for his family,” Schlussel writes. “But the hype over his death and the beatification of this guy, as if he’s some sort of saint, isn’t just approaching excessive. It’s well beyond that. It’s ridiculous. And it’s all because of his looks, not his acting…”
“As a movie critic, I’ve seen many of Walker’s movies,” Schlussel continues. “Many of them went straight to DVD. And one of those that wasn’t straight to DVD, “Takers” (read my review), had a horrible message. The movie applauded violence by bank robbers (one of whom was Walker) against police. It was a ‘Yay, Cop Killing!’ movie. Walker was an average, maybe even substandard, actor. And Hollywood caught on. Yes, he had model good looks (though he looked better when he was younger and was approaching haggard-dom). But good-looking guys are a dime a dozen there, and Walker was cast in the Fast and Furious movies, but little else that was a hit. And the most recent Fast and Furious movie was an absolute joke (read my review). Walker was a B-list actor at the most. He recently played a character called ‘Raw Dog,’ in some movie called, ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles.’ Probably a bomb.”
Like KCC, Schlussel zeros in on bad examples Walker set.
“And the way (Walker) lived his life wasn’t exactly stellar,” Schlussel says. “Yes, he raised money for charity. That’s what celebs do to raise their profiles. But he fathered a daughter out of wedlock, never marrying the mother, and was ‘dating’ (euphemism) a girlfriend who was just a few years older than his 15-year-old daughter. At 40, at the time of his death, Walker’s girlfriend was 23, and they’d been ‘dating’ since she was a 16-year-old and he was 33. That’s kinda creepy and just a few months difference from sex offender/pedophile status. Just saying.”
That brings us full circle to KCC’s criticism of the way Walker checked out.
“He made a movie–several of them–as his star vehicle, the premise of which is all about risky driving in fancy fast sports cars at illegal speeds,” Schlussel continues. “And isn’t it ironic that this is how he died. Yes, I know that Walker was not driving. But he did drive a fancy Porsche sports car (just like James Dean) and you know that, being into fast cars and making movies about driving them, he probably drove at dangerous speeds. And if you get into a V-10, 610-horsepower Porsche to have your racing friend drive it, you know you ain’t gonna be going the speed limit.”
Schlussel’s bottom line:
“That’s America. Our vain society worships, lauds, and mourns mediocrity, so long as it has a pretty and famous face on it…
“And now we see the James Deaning of Paul Walker, whose most famous gig, these days, other than the Fast/Furious stuff was as the supermodel for men’s cologne (Davidoff’s Cool Water). Is getting oiled up and rolling in the sand acting?
“Imagine what the world does when Kim Kardashian dies. Or her overrated, racist, nutjob sperm donor, Kanye West. Oy, perish the thought. Yes, Paul Walker wasn’t Kim Kardashian level. But he was no Albert Schweitzer, either.”