Proof ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Leading Man Paul Walker Always Had a Big Ego

Mark Deming
Movie Talk
Paul Walker in the '80s
Paul Walker in the '80s

Paul Walker has risen to fame as one of the hunky stars of the high-octane "Fast and the Furious" franchise. But even before he was old enough to drive, Walker clearly knew he had it goin' on.

If you want evidence, it's out there on the Interwebs – Paul Walker's 1988 appearance on the TV show "I'm Telling!" "I'm Telling!"It was a short-lived NBC game show for kids in which brothers and sisters appeared as teams and answered questions about one another, like a strange underage version of "The Newlywed Game" with siblings instead of couples (and thankfully no questions about "whoopie"). Paul, then about fourteen years old, appeared with his younger sister Ashlie – and it's pretty obvious he had already figured out that he was pretty dang cool.

When the host (who resembles the older and only slightly less geeky brother of Screech from "Saved By The Bell") asks Ashlie who looks better on stage (her or her brother), she replies that Paul would say he looked best. Smart answer, Ashlie! When Paul came back to answer questions for that round, his response was, "This is serious? Oh my gosh … myself!" Paul already had the confidence that befits a movie star, and in fairness, with his blonde hair combed just right and a big, bright smile, Paul probably had no trouble getting a date for the big middle school dance.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

But while Paul may have had charm, confidence, good looks, and the ability to make funny faces, he and Ashlie didn't win the game; watch Paul totally drop the ball when asked how his sister eats … it's cringe inducing. Instead, Paul and his sis came in second to the aggressively cheerful but slightly less photogenic Jamie and David Jefferson, who walked away with $1,000 savings bonds and goodies from the Pick-A-Prize Arcade.

If the Walkers didn't win, they didn't fare too badly, going home with new ten-speed bikes and a gift certificate for Juicee Slurpees at 7-11. Besides, Paul ultimately had his career as an actor to fall back on: By 1998, he'd already landed recurring roles on the TV shows "Highway to Heaven" and "Throb," and would soon be doing guest shots on "Charles in Charge" and "Who's The Boss."

No word on whether Paul still has that bike. There's no doubt, he's riding on bigger and faster wheels as "Fast and Furious 6" is now open in theaters.

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