December 2, 2013, - 4:40 pm

Paul Walker: Excessive Hype Over Mediocre Actor Who Was Good-Looking; James Dean Again

By Debbie Schlussel

Yes, it’s sad that Paul Walker, a very good looking actor, died in a fiery crash. I was shocked when I read about it in the newspaper, Sunday morning, mostly because it goes to show that life is short no matter who you are. I’m sorry he died and feel for his family. 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.

It’s James Dean, the redux. They drove similar cars and died nearly the same way.


As a movie critic, I’ve seen many of Walker’s movies. 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.

And the way he lived his life wasn’t exactly stellar. 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. Hmmm . . . where’s Chris Hansen when ya need him?

He clearly lived a fast life. And, while it’s not always true that if you lead a fast life you’ll die early (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are still with us), it’s a pretty good predictor that if you live a risky life, you’re putting that life in danger. 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. 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.

Yes, I liked a couple of the Fast and Furious movies, particularly “Fast Five” (read my review), but that doesn’t blind me to the utter irony of the whole thing. And I’m amazed at how this B-list actor is the top of the news and hyped as such a great guy. I suppose I shouldn’t be.

James Dean is remembered as a good actor (and definitely was a good deal better than Paul Walker), but would he have been idolized and highly rated had he died after a full life? Oh, and he died driving a Porsche Spyder at dangerous speeds. Sound familiar? And, solely because of his death at a young age, his estate is still making gazillions off of licensed t-shirts, mugs, and other stuff with his face on ‘em.

Reader Lisa:

Explain to me WHY people care that this kid from Fast and Furious died? Oh how shocking that a guy who starred in movies about DAREDEVIL DRIVING died in a speed-related crash??

Ok, its sad when people lose their lives, but people…he wasn’t Marlon Brando…I also read that his girlfriend is 22 or 23. And he started dating her when she was 16. Ewwwwwwww, cant find a gal your own age??

It reminds me also of the Kennedy’s. Daredevils…John John HAD to fly that plane in the wind and rain. Gotta have that rush. Didn’t one of them ski into a tree or something too? Not saying you cant enjoy life. But there is a limit. You make 6 movies about daredevil driving, and you surround yourself with those kinds of people. You know how guys are. Probably accumulated friends because he had a “dope” car. He wasn’t a passenger in a Camry, it was a souped up Porche. A guy driving that isnt going to drive it the speed limit. Something about art imitating life? He made all those movies and maybe surrounded himself with that type of lifestyle.

Exactly. 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.


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98 Responses

Firstly you mentioned he was better looking while he was younger thats a lie he was one of the men that gets hotter with age stupid ass hoe then you talk about him having a child out of wedlock, so you’ve never had sex out of marriage what did you want them to do get an abortion and finally he was a GREAT actor i don’t care how many of his movies went straight to dvd if you would sit down and watch them you would see how great they are.He has more talent dead than if you double your lifetime.YOU SERIOUSLY DISGUISE ME AND ALL OF YOU WHO HAD NEGATIVE COMMENTS WOULDNT HAVE SAID ANY THING IF HE WAS ALIVE YOU ARE ALL DISGUSTING HATERS AND WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!

mia on March 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

Well I think its funny that you knock Paul walker organation ROWW not giving enough to charity when you yourself are asking for donations and support. What exactly do you need money for – how much does it cost to sit on your laptop and write negitivly about people on a blog. Let me guess you want to make a living blogging right, how does that help anyone and how is it valuble? Go do something real – impact on a real level then come write about and keep your stupid comments to yourself. You are even lower than the so-called nobody’s you talk about because there out there making a diference no matter how you want to discredit it. There will be no donation here from me but I do give to ROWW all the time. Everybody knows there’s overhead when running an organization – and ROWW about going out in person and making a difference helping on a first hand basis. It is not a give money away to random people in need the money was always for covering the cost of supplies,equipment and medical aid needing during the time of crisis.

Andrea on March 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Please take the evil you somehow possess and keep it to yourself.

I don’t know him, but he did good things for needy people…how about your charities?

You are judgemental. So what if he wasn’t an Oscar winner, but at least he did the best he could…

Dalton Costick on June 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Wow!You are gross and shameless!I hope that life will give you a good leason,because you are spitting so much hate over this man..One day you will learn.Anyway i wish you long life,full of evil and hate….asking myself how sad is to be you…

Kristi on August 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

Eres una perra estúpida, quien xuxa eres tu para juzgarlo cómo persona y como actor? Me imagino que tu debes ser una gran actriz porque jamás he creído en los críticos que solo hablan y no tienen talento alguno para hacer lo que los demás si han hecho al menos una vez en la.vida, Paul era una gran persona, nadie dijo que era perfecto o santo, pero de no dudo y nadie duda que tenia un corazón de oro a pesar de sus fallos, escupe todo tu veneno en piso y revuelcate en el, deja de hablar los demás y más si estos ya están descansando, eres una idiota de verdad.

Laila on October 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

paul walker esta vivo el fingio su muerte . por favor averigue cuantos donativos han llegado a obtener este ultimo año y publiquelo . gracias usted a echo una gran labor aunque fans estupidos la critiquen .

españa on November 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Yeah, she’s got a point. I never really like the FF movies, after the first one I never watched the rest. But out of the blue, flipping through channels I see Paul Walker died. It really is sad, he did a lot of charity work and it seemed like he was a nice guy. But this is still an ongoing topic. Just this week I watched Entertainment Tonight and saw Paul Walker’s father on, talking about him. How long has this been going? A year or so? What the fuck America? Joan Rivers just died recently, but we still hear more about Paul Walker, than her! We act like he’s our own brother, but hes not! So grow a pair of balls, and listen to this woman instead of crying and shit.

Victoria on November 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I bet when Joan Rivers is still being talked about a year from now, you won’t be complaining. LOL Fact of the matter is this woman has spent so much time spreading hate about this one actor, what is her obsession with his death? Shouldn’t she be doing something productive with her time? He still did far more for this world than she has and it’s pretty disturbing she has so much hate in her heart. Someone sounds like a miserable old woman.

    Mia on December 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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