As a teenage boy I had idolised this man but what really rattled me is that it took his death for me to realise that. I would not have considered myself a raving fan or spared thoughts for him. What I knew and loved was a fictional character and like all other fictional characters I enjoyed the few hours of entertainment they give us in films and then went back to normal life.
However I had fallen in love with the culture he represented and introduced me to. Cars and more specifically the modified car scene was idolised in my head by the Fast and Furious films and from that the passion to build the car club sprung. We modeled the car club on the scene where Hector and Brian meet.
Paul Walker had a massive role is shaping me into who I am today and I was so naive as a teenager that I was not aware of this. As an adult at the news of his death I truly mourned. Great movies and mechanically inaccurate phrases will be greatly missed.
I now understand why Michael Jackson fans were so distraught.
To this date I have been unable to watch any of the Fast and Furious films since his passing. It may be time to remedy that.