How Paul Walker rejected $10 million offer to play Superman

Paul William Walker IV was an American actor born on September 12, 1973, and died on November 30, 2013. He was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious series.

He kicked off his acting career as a child in the 1980s and in the 1990s he had gathered some level of popularity after appearing in the television soap opera The Young and The Restless.

In 1999, Walker received accolades for his performances in the teen comedy She’s All That and the comedy-drama Varsity Blues.

He paved his way to fame in 2001 with Fast and the Furious and the commercially successful road thriller Joy Ride.

Walker’s death

Walker died on November 30, 2013, in a single-vehicle collision.

He died as a passenger in a speeding car.

The offer

Reports detailing how Walker turned down $10 million way back in 2003 when he was offered the role of one of the most famous superheroes in history has emerged.

The actor said no to playing Superman. Matt Luber, Walker’s manager, and Oakley Lehman, the actor’s stunt double, explained as much in the posthumous documentary about his life, ‘I Am Paul Walker’.

“I think it was a $10 million deal, and he was the frontrunner,” Luber explained.
“He was up for it, I knew he was thinking about doing it.”
“I knew he did not want to do three or four Superman [films] and be Superman for the rest of his life,” Lehman continued.

Costume fitting

It was also revealed that Walker also got to try on the Superman suit during a costume fitting.
It was at that point he realized it wasn’t for him.
“‘I’ve got an ‘S’ on, I got a cape, boots, tights … this is not me. I’m getting the f*** out of here. Gotta go. F*** you.’ And he was gone,” Luber said that Walker told him.

In 2003, Walker told the Chicago Sun-Times, “Yes, I could have made a gazillion dollars on that franchise. I could probably have bought my own fleet of jets or my own island.

“You know what? I don’t need it. My favorite brand of running shoes costs $23. I rarely pay more than $40 for my jeans. Throw in a T-shirt and that costs me $20 or $10 if I buy it on the beach. I don’t need a gazillion dollars to manage that kind of lifestyle.”

That same year, he released his film ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’, alongside Tyrese Gibson.

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