All the world’s a stage is a phrase that Shakespeare featured in many of his works, in the merchant of Venice he would later add that, every man must play his part. The world is indeed a stage and life is the play, each of us acts out his part and showcases it to the world, and often enough the good actors receive recognition and applause while for the bad actors, the audience keeps claiming they don’t have an idea of what they are doing, and if your role is that of the antagonist, the audience is always hurling insults at you for the role you play out so well, the role that mark you, you never chose, but were given.

As it would turn out, the roles we play out so well are those that are naturally a part of us. There is the musician who is always singing love songs, and does it very well, because it not only relates to us the audience but also because, it is what his life is about. The Activist, who’s artistry involves speaking out against injustices in the community, the preacher by the altar who believes the only way for one to enjoy life is in the  belief of a supernatural being, because that is where he finds strength in. We are all artistes, we are all actors.

Of all performances, a solo is one that is hardest to execute, mostly because it relies on the acting prowess of the individual, it is not only about character but also presence. One of the 2013 movies that have really relied on such execution is the Hours movie, where the character seems to be concerned by the question of lightning striking the same place twice. He loses his wife as she gives birth and the child being prematurely born has to rely on a ventilator for forty eight hours, what’s worse is that a hurricane strikes the city and it becomes a case of “bad to worse”, but the character pulls through, by relying on his inner strength and the memories he had of his wife. In the end he uses doses of adrenaline to keep wake, and fosters a friendship with a dog that later rescues him. The same actor earlier on packed our screens with great action in the Fast and the Furious series acting as Brian O’Conner, a character with a love for all vehicles fast and powerful.

In a twist of events, the actor was a car enthusiast in real life, and actually performed some of the stunts in the Fast and Furious movies, himself. He lived with his girlfriend and dogs in his home. The depth of characters that he brought out in his roles came from his understanding of who he was, his passions and strengths and that is why he did it so well. Erasmus of Rotterdam said that life is a kind of play, in which men in various costumes perform until the director motions them offstage, Paul Walker, the actor I have been alluding to died last week on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Men’s Health and fitness, apart from the glowing tribute they gave Walker, had this to say about his death “Like his character Brian O’Conner, Walker was an adrenaline junkie who loved driving fancy sports cars at blazing speeds. The irony of his death is not lost on us”

Walker died in a fiery car crash as a passenger in a High power Posche vehicle being driven at high speed. Does lightning strike the same place twice? Yes, according to lightning facts, unknown to many, it does strike the same place or almost the same place severally. ‘Lightning’, in a sense has struck twice since, as his fans we will miss him a lot, and remember him for the hours he put into entertaining us, his family and friends also miss him, for the roles he played out in life as a father and as a friend. I wish that his friends and family find strength and comfort through the moments they shared with him.

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