March 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm #602100
Now don’t think of me as unsympathetic or anything but I must know…
Paul Walker’s death was sad, I get it. He was young too, which made all the more tragic. Undoubtedly, more people would’ve saw Furious 7 because of his tragedy. But…
Why did EVERYONE get affected and why was his death so notable? I mean Paul did basically nothing outside of Fast & Furious and yet his death got as much publicity as a big-name A-lister. If it was someone like Tom Hanks, then I would understand (God, I hope that day doesn’t come for another few decades)? There’s loads of more talented and more notable actors that die all the time and get barely any notable mainstream attention.
And was this the reason that Furious 7 got $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office? I mean it would’ve had a boost, and the series was notable, but I mean really? Furious 7 is one of the rare movies that grossed over $1,000,000,000. It doesn’t make sense. And was this all because of his death?
Sounds like a sure-fire way to make a quick buck, kill the main star of a franchise prematurely. Good to know for this aspiring filmmaker… (obviously joking).
I am just saying…March 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm #602107
I wasn’t even going to reply because I don’t want anybody thinking of me as unsympathic or insenstive either, but I totally know what you’re getting at. I was and still am very confused how and why everyone was so affected. Nobody I know ever mentioned his name before and then suddenly after his death, he was everyone’s favorite actor and idol, and I thought “oh wow I didn’t realize everyone loved him so much, I never heard people say much about him before…” Not to be mean, but really the only thing I’ve ever heard people say about him before was that he wasn’t a good actor and then suddenly it was like the second coming of Jesus died. But I mean hopefully everyone really did love him so much I guess and he will be long remembered after death. Good for him. But I know exactly what you’re saying.March 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm #602111
He got so much more media attention than Philip Seymour HoffmanMarch 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm #602114
It was the way he died and the media blew it tf up. I can understand why Robin Williams got the attention because he was so respected and such a great spirit. But people acted so fuckin fake after Paul’s death. Of course, he deserved mourning and care for his death. But people acted like Jesus came back to life and died all over again. People start kissing ass and truth be told, that is the only reason why Furious 7 is the best reviewed film. I even saw an article about it possibly being a Best Picture contender……….I CANT.March 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm #602117
He was young and attractive and the face of a very recognizable movie franchise, and has been in the life of young people for almost 20 years. It’s not like Heath Ledger was some public superstar when he died, either — but the circumstances and age of his career just amped up the shock factor. Both coincidentally helped propel their next high profile film roles posthumously at the box office.March 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm #602118
I guarantee you if he was in a baity role he would’ve been nominated.March 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm #602128
It to me is a lesson that you should say nice things to people while their still alive so that they can actually enjoy it and take it in. Waiting until after they die is a cop out because they aren’t around to hear it.March 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm #602130
I think it’s also because we’ve sort of numbed ourselves to respected, A-list artists dying young because it unfortunately happens so often. We see them as like great talents with deep emotional reserves that went to great lengths for indellible performances, all to be like ravaged by fame or whatever. There’s already a narrative out there. But we don’t really expect well-liked B-list actors who star in fun action movies to die young. Plus the fact that he died in a car accident without a doubt made a huge difference. It’s sad to say, but if he had passed any other way there probably wouldn’t have been as big a commotion about it.March 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm #602131
Because those Fast and Furious movies we all like to ignore and criticize are not ignored or criticized by the majority of people around the world. We might not care, we might not watch them, they might not have their Goldderby threads, but they make hundreds and hundres of millions of dollars that a Phillip Seymour Hoffman movie never got a chance to see at the box office, much less internationally (unless you count Hunger Games or that Mission Impossible film he did). So when the star of one of the most popular movies around the world dies, it matters to people. Even if “that’s all he did”.
The media covered the story as much as they did because they knew they would get an audience and they did. It’s a business, and his death (sadly) was big business.March 29, 2016 at 2:00 am #602153
I didn’t realize Paul Walker was in Flags of Our Fathers until after his death(I saw his filmography and quite surprised by it). In fact I’ve only known him from Furious franchise during his life daysMarch 29, 2016 at 4:36 am #602175
Walker was young, handsome, male, white, and died a gruesome death. People are allowed to feel whatever the hell they want to feel about his passing. To many in a global sense, he was an icon to a film franchise seen by countless millions of people. I’d agree that his death certainly propped up “7” in a critical and commercial sense.March 29, 2016 at 9:00 am #602209
The way he died was tragic. Plus he was young and he was part of a huge franchise. The “Fast/Furious” movies suck imo but its a huge franchise that has been around for years. Plus he was known to be a kind person.March 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm #602337
I agree with Atypical, and would like to add that unlike many of today’s celebrities, Walker was extremely likeable, on screen and off. His fan base was, and continues to be, HUGE.March 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm #602350
Paul Walker was one of this generations most underrated actors. Typically typecast in action movies, his Million-Watt smile and bright blue eyes will live on forever. RIP