Paul Walker, best known for starring in the Fast and the Furious movies has died at the age of 40. The actor was a passenger in a car that crashed into a light pole following a charity event in Los Angeles.
While I’m no big fan of Walker’s, I do appreciate the sadness of the situation. Reports suggest that the Porsche Carrera GT (allegedly driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas) collided with the pole at high speed, before bursting into flames. It’s a terrible way to go.
I’ve only ever watched Walker in Joyride, Into the Blue and Richard Donner’s Timeline – not great movies by any stretch of the imagination. He was a decent enough actor, and while he never really broke through to the next level of stardom, he was a steady worker. The Fast and the Furious movies must have brought in a pretty penny. From what I hear, he was a nice guy.
Word on the street was that Walker was in the running to play Superman a decade or so ago. It was first believed that Walker had wrapped his work on Fast and Furious 7 – but that wasn’t the case. The film has now been delayed and Universal Pictures has postponed the rest of photography, trying to figure out how to proceed. That won’t be an easy call.
It’s sad news when anyone dies, but this was a tragic event and in the grand scheme of things, 40 is far too young.