PopWatch HeadScratcher: Duh. Paul Walker.

144713__ptw_lOkay, okay, so we started with an easy one. We wept softly as we read your emails, most of which contained some combination of the words "duh," "easy," and "try harder." Jackals! All of you!

Like a proud papa, though, we saw through our tears that approximately 150 percent of you knew that Paul Walker is the common element among Pleasantville, She’s All That, Timeline, and Varsity Blues. Your IMDb advanced search skills astound us.

So, a little backstory: We asked this question to test how memorable Walker’s performances are since we, film buffs all, kept forgetting all the movies in which he’d appeared. But, you know, we’re old and senile and stuff. Thanks for reminding us — and for disproving our theory. (Ginkgo biloba time! Yum! Yum!)

But we did ask you to be creative, and sadly, not many of you were. Boo! More than one of you called in from Capeside to claim a Dawson’s Creek conspiracy, but, well, no. Though there are a few crossovers, there is, as far as we can tell, no DC connection to Timeline. What did stick out, however, was how you chose to describe Walker and his acting abilities (lots of quotation marks to express irony – we’ve taught you well…):

THE GOOD
"the freakin’ beautiful blue eyed man" (Joyce Okoth)
"his blond God-ness! Yummy!" (Julie Syers)
"a young Redford perhaps" (Carlos Perkins)

THE BAD
"the limited, dial-a-jock acting range…" (Fredric Shelley)
"half-actor" (Chris Bramble)
"Paul ‘I’ve seen moldy cheese with more charisma’ Walker" (Cullin Weiskopf)
"the always underwhelming and hideously one-note Paul Walker" (David Beerman)

THE SARDONIC
"…his vast range *rolls eyes*…" (Andy Feldman)
"the blond Keanu" (nice try, Mike Parrilla, but we think Fametracker coined this one first)
"the author of 10 Ways to Emote While Looking Really Blond and Manly" (Mario Olalde)
"2001’s second-favorite It boy" (Christina Warren, who puts Josh Harnett at No. 1)
"the oldest high schooler and ‘accomplished’ actor…" (Matthew Bussey)

Walker next pops up in Into the Blue (Sept. 30), where he and Jessica Alba play deep-sea treasure hunters. Will you go see it? And will you remember it? Will we?

You’ve raised the bar, my little brainiacs, so next time will be harder. Put yer thinkin’ caps on!

Comments (10 total) Add your comment
  • Vinny

    The sardonic quotes are the best… and the best are the worst… and the worset are second best… you follow? Anyway, here is a popculture headcratcher for the creative writers at EW… what do Superman, Moses, and Cabbager Patch Kids have in common? (unfortunately I can’t take credit for this riddle) email me if any of you have an answer.

  • Brandon

    Can you take credit for your spelling? Zing! Anyway, they were all adopted, and Paul Walker is only barely memorable. He certainly wasn’t the best part of any of the listed movies.

  • Diane

    I just think it’s funny how the girls are writing comments like “Yummalicious” and the guys are writing about his “bad acting” style. hee. Don’t be upset boys – he is HOT, so deal :)

  • EP Sato

    The comments “Can not act” by guys may also refer to the few roles in which we would have seen him. A lot of guys probably did not go out of their way to see “She’s All that”, but many of us did see the “Fast and the Furious” movies. They had lots of eye candy, but were short of acting talent.
    On the flipside, Denise Richards has a lot of fans, I doubt many of them were won over by her acting ability. The point? Attraction to a particular actor’s hotness tends to make the opposite sex forget their lack of talent. ’nuff said!

  • Howstone

    Timeline had no best parts. It took a decent Chrichton book and turned it into a dreadful action film.
    As for “Into the Blue”, having seen both trailers (and the last one was terrible, BTW), the only I would see it is if I could put it on mute and fast forward through any scene without Jessica Alba. I don’t harbor any delusions about her acting ability, but that would be my only reason for going.

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  • Tommy Marx

    He’s very nice to look at. Like Jessica Alba, he doesn’t actually have any talent beyond being pretty, but he’s very nice to look at. And sometimes that’s enough.

  • paul’s big daddy

    The man has a gorgeous face and a super-fine ASS-who needs acting talent?Like many a pretty-boy before him(Tab Hunter,Chris Atkins,Rob Lowe etc.),he’s cast in movies because he’s eye candy for gay men and little girls-what’s wrong with that?!

  • mike

    i thinnk paul walker is a good actor ive always tried to figure out y noone likes him……..

  • Remedios Kiessling

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