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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112 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

    First off, that interview was on the one year anniversary of his death so yes it is perfectly normal there will be talks about it. He was a young man at the height of his career with a hugely successful and growing franchise, so why wouldn’t they talk about it? Why is it wrong for his father to talk about it and let people know that their family is appreciative to the fans who’ve supported them through this hard time? If you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch, nobody is making you. Seriously, what is any business of yours or this shitty article writer’s if people are sad? Is this gonna hurt someone? Is this gonna destroy the economy or something? No it isn’t, it’s harmless, it’s human beings expressing sadness for someone they connected to through the movies. Trying to act like you’re somehow better by shaming people who are sad is pathetic. And just to be perfectly clear, people will talk about Paul Walker because at that time he had a movie that was waiting to come out, his last film, so of course there would be talks and questions to his cast mates and no friends

    Bell on August 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I’m on the side of the guy who wrote this, paul walker really wasn’t that good of an actor and honestly none of these people knew him so its dumb how they deem him a saint from a little charity I get it no ones perfect but its so easy for these people to idolize a handsome actor rather then shun him, but my point is his death made him a false hero if he had died at 90 no one would be going ape shit like they are now. THE WORLD DIDN’T LOSE ANYTHING WHEN HE DIED not trying to be “evil” just trying to bring some sense to this ridiculous fad

power nation on April 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

    An actor isn’t just judged on his acting, maybe that’s how you do it but that’s how a rule that the rest of the world has to follow. In an age of social media, actors are judged more than us how great acting there is. You know why people loved Paul? Because he was a decent guy who didn’t chase after hollywood limelight, in fact, that little charity that you call it, he built it from the ground up, he paid for most of the equipment and supplies for overseas missions after and he did that away from the camera and spotlight because he wasn’t expecting brownie points, he didn’t do it to make himself look good, he did it because he cared. And even if his death isn’t anything special, so what? Why does it bother you so much that fans of his feel sad? So what if people felt connected to him? So what if they want to talk about him? What harm does it do to anyone if they did? Paul Walker was a decent and good man who died too young and at the height of his career with a successful franchise still going, there was plenty more he could have done, if people want to feel sad, they’re allowed to without preachy jerks telling them how silly it is. You’re not upset, good for you, but guess what, not everything has to be about how you feel

    Bell on August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

And to clarify a bit, people die every single day his death was absolutely nothing special, but I’m sure when people read this they’ll say oh its wrong to say Paul walker wasn’t a good person just because majority says so I’m not saying i knew him personally or anything but he was an “actor” and an actor is judged on their acting trying your “best” isn’t enough in the acting business

power nation on April 9, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I’ve read quite a few of the comments, and I also realize probably me writing this right now is pointless but I might as well so I guess I personally can have some closure rewatching some of his movies I was very sad and what it made me realize is that we lose people way too soon and it’s only a reminder to 1 never take someone’s lifetime for granted and 2 be grateful for the time you shared with them. Paul Walker died and maybe he wasn’t the best actor in the world but it’s not about that. Keep in mind acting is a job! Not everyone does it because they want too. Paul Walker did actor to earn money to provide for charities and provide for his daughter who he loved dearly. How about this, everyone should stop trying to find reasons to degrade his character. So he dated someone younger than him? What about Celine Dion and Renee Angeli Jesus Christ people let people love who they want to love. At the end of the day no one is truly “good” other than children and who we used to be. We f— up and no one is perfect. Paul Walker is gone and he will be remembered. Have some respect and let’s move on from this.

    Anonymous on November 26, 2016 at 3:00 am

This is seriously mind blowing to me. Okay, so since he was a “mediocre” actor… It makes his death any less sad? Or it bothers you that his fans mourn him because he was “good looking”? Thats ridiculous. People mourn him because his life was lost. He died. Sorry but it’s pretty fucking normal to be sad over a life that was tragically taken far too soon. He may have not been an oscar winner, but he was excellent in Fast and Furious. He was very attractive, and he did charity work. What the fuck do you do for the world? This article is completely full of hate and to be honest, jealousy is how I see it. He may not have been the most perfect people in the world, but who gives a FUCK if his fans and others think its sad that he passed away? Why the fuck are you so bugged about it? You are disgusting and disrespectful. Yes, it may be discussed a lot and it may have a lot of hype, but I feel like this a man worth remembering. He didn’t get deep into the hollywood lifestyle and people who have met Paul Walker have nothing bad to say about him. My friends dad knew him personally and my friend had spent many full days with him and said that he was extremely humble and kind. He wasn’t a stellar person because he had a child out of wedlock and didn’t marry the mother… yet he was an extraordinary father to his daughter and she has even vouched for that. And because he didn’t marry his baby mama that makes his death less tragic? Because he dated a younger woman it makes him a bad person? Get off your fucking high horse. He may have not been an oscar winner but guess what your writing is nothing fucking special and you are a nobody. Paul Walker’s death, whether it means something to you or not, will always matter to the world more than your death will. Famous or not, a life was still lost far too soon. And tragically at that. It is sad and will always be sad and I am so fucking happy that he will be remembered because I think he’s awesome, attractive or not. SORRY NOT SORRY. Get the fuck over yourself. Dumb bitch.

B on April 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Yeah, and your an ugly wannabee celebrity who has to write disrespectful pieces about the deceased to get your 2 minutes of airtime.

Stfu on May 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm

For one. What a disgusting piece to write about someone you don’t know. He did a lot of good for people . Who had a big heart! Was a good person. By the way the girl he dated in his past was not 15 she was 19. You prolly should do better research sweetie pie. Site is disgusting. You fraud

Nicole on May 8, 2015 at 1:18 am

I totally agree on this article. He might have been a good caracter, but he was a horrible actor. I am pretty sure that he would’ve never achieved this success if he lived.

Sarah on May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I never use this word but you are the absolute definition of a cunt. Holy shit you took the time to write this rant about how Paul Walker’s life was too celebrated after his untimely death. Clearly the guy was loved by millions for reasons far beyond his acting. How much of a miserable bitch you must be to write some shit like this to get a rise out of people. Congrats you got one from me, go fuck yourself.

scott on May 9, 2015 at 4:23 am

This writer is a sick low life moron. I hope u rott in hell bitch!!

PJ on May 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

Paul Walker fans never listen to reason. That song about him,made for furious 7, really kind of blows and they play it too often. Just because he died a little 2 fast and 2 furious doesnt mean we should give a shit still.

Juan on July 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

in a way i think i can related to the way the writer feels. yes the over the top media hype is a little too much, i mean, why singing your praises now that hes gone when before the media couldnt care less about what hes doing since hes not an a listers? i think his passing is somehow use by some people to promote the movie by using media and shove it in everyones throat every now and then. and the result of that over the top media hype is people who get annoyed by the over and over again mourning of an actor they barely heard/know. its so humane to make a saint out of someone who past away even if your barely knew that person. just remember that nobodys perfect. paul walkers not perfect, mourned him, keep his best moment in your memory, no need to be over dramatic in doing so, pray for him whenever you remember him, give condolences to his family and friends if youre able to, and move on people.

nan on November 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

Just because he was a mediocre actor doesn’t make his death any less tragic. A mother lost her son, a daughter lost her father, so on and so forth. I get that people die every day but let his fans mourn if that is what they feel they need to do. He seemed like a beautiful person both inside and out. His charity has only grown since his passing. It seems like many friends, family and strangers can attest to his kindness and charitable acts. Have you ever listened to an interview of his? He used his celebrity status to make the world a better place. He wasn’t looking for the limelight, he wanted to help people. His passion for all living this was admirable. More people need to live like Paul instead of like you with your hatred and spite.

S on March 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I think what a lot of people don’t understand is the impact he had on car culture around the world. Being a JDM car enthusiast I’ve seen every one of the Fast and Furious movies. But when I think of his death I don’t think of it being tragic because he was a famous actor, I think of it being tragic because he is an iconic part of the car community.

C on April 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

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