I remember seeing Paul Walker a lot when I started getting obsessed with movies. It seems that Walker was always around. His perpetual shirtlessness and his piercing blue eyes were always welcome in She's All That, Varsity Blues, and The Skulls. No seriously. Those gorgeous eyes.
Walker died on Saturday after an explosion caused by losing control of his Porsche and crashing into a tree. Reports are coming in that he was the passenger and not the driver. He was only 40 years old. Walker was most recently seen in this summer's Fast & Furious 6, and the next installment of the car porn franchise is slated for next year. I never really stayed up on the F&F movies, but the ones I saw were definitely a good time.
The first thing I really remember seeing Walker in is one of my favorite films, Pleasantville. Walker played Skip Martin, the all-American boy next door. Skip, captain of the Pleasantville basketball team, became the object of Reese Witherspoon's lust. His combination of dopey innocence and apple pie studliness made him charming and irresistible. He was also great as brother to Steve Zahn in the underrated thriller Joy Ride.
I really want to watch one of his movies right now, and that's coming from someone who never really clung to his work. He left an impression, and he will be missed.