To the trolls, vultures, "bad news pays big money" media people, and anybody else who posts crap like this:
|A meme maker dies and the internet gets happier.|
Undeniably, Walker—born in Glendale, California in 1973—lived a blessed life and one that most of us couldn't afford. Sure, that goes with the territory, doesn't it? The surfer, gearhead, and occasional actor was always criticized for his performances, for the films he starred in, and for his good looks. Guilty.
Yet when you learn that he was a keen traveler, that he devoted his life to helping provide charity to the third world, and that of all people he was a fan of marine biologist Jacques Cousteau, you start to see a side of his life for which you could not judge him. You might say that Walker lived up to his surname, as a worldly man who was lucky enough to live the life that he did.
Then you look back and see this:
|All the lolz.|
|Just bought this car from Universal.|
It was after Fast in 2001 that Walker's film career took off and subjected his acting skills to a lot of scrutiny, beginning with the stylish and suspenseful road-trip horror movie Joy Ride (aka Road Kill) in which he starred alongside Steve Zahn as two friends entered into a Spielbergian Duel situation with a demented truck driver. All good wholesome family fun (if you're related to Ed Gein).
Walker did consistently stay in work in the movie industry, making one or two movies a year, and although Danny Trejo dies in ten times more movies per year by comparison, that is simply not what it was about for Walker. This stereotyped him as a lazy actor, which was wrong to suggest, if you ever saw gangster thriller Running Scared.
|"I'M BLUE BADA-BING, BADA-BOOM!"|
Walker's popularity as an actor rose from there and saw him move onto Flags of our Fathers and Takers while also reviving the Fast & Furious franchise with co-star Vin Diesel. Last year, they achieved their most successful sequel yet.
|"Life is like a jar of moonshine, you never know your ass from your elbow!"|
Nobody knows what the future might have held for Walker beyond these fine examples of his acting maturity or after Fast & Furious 7. Walker had also just completed another thriller (Brick Mansions) with Leon director Luc Besson, a true legend of Walker's genre of choice. All but his legacy and the memories that he leaves his legions of fans is now left to the wind. I got the feeling, however, that we have not just lost some bad actor who liked to drive fast cars.
So, what did we lose the day Paul Walker died?
Besides his daughter losing the coolest dad anyone could ask for? For a start, film fans lost an actor who was going from strength to strength and proving that he was more than just a pretty boy.
His charity organization Reach Out Worldwide and the people they help worldwide in times of natural catastrophes lost a valuable leader and a man committed to helping people, no matter what. Looking around at the bitterness, jealousy, envy, hatred, and complete disrespect for the loss of a man who put his fortunes and blessings to best possible use, I also say we've lost someone who led by example as a decent and good-natured human being and whom we have clearly taken for granted!
Please feel free to comment, Fanboys and Fangirls, and thanks for reading!