Paul Walker was a refreshing enigma in Hollywood. Though he starred in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, he never seemed to revel in fame. He wouldn’t go out of his way to drum up press. Walker, the man, remained somewhat of a mystery throughout his career.
Perhaps that’s why people wrote him off as a dumb lug. With messy blond hair, a surfer’s accent, and chiseled features, Walker was easy to stereotype as a lucky, pretty face that didn’t have much going on upstairs.
But I never understood that characterization of the star. Walker was always candid and articulate in interviews and, in fact, he lived a remarkably interesting life — one more deserving of attention than the brazen celebrity exploits that so often steal our focus. He was a globe-trekking adventurer, and he made his mark as an athlete, an outdoorsman, a public servant, and most recently, as a devoted father.
The tragedy of Walker’s shocking death is that he was beginning to achieve greatness in each of those fields. He was hitting his stride — and it all got cut short. I hope we don’t remember Walker as merely a handsome action star. He was a human being defined by a multitude of passions, not a smolder. Below, I’ve listed a few of Walker’s less-talked-about facets that made him, to me, a singularly fascinating man. READ FULL STORY