In a wacky viral video, two comics posing as surfer dudes proposed an honorary statue of the late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker to the city council of San Clemente, CA. And while they may have used unconventional humor to get the word out, Tom Allen and Spencer Kalendar meant what they said.
In late March, Allen and Kalendar published a YouTube video of themselves as "freelance journalists" Chad Kroeger and Bodhi Johnson, presenting their idea in earnest to the city council. They began their impassioned plea as a reprieve "in the midst of gnarly times." What follows is pretty hilarious; we can't imagine what people in the room were thinking...
In an interview with PageSix following the viral video, Allen said that he and Kalendar are serious about wanting a statue built in Walker's honor. "We’re big fans of Paul Walker in real life," Allen, 26, told PageSix. "He’s been sort of an inspirational figure for both of us in our lives. We really would like to see it built. Obviously, the characters were creating the comedy but we are huge fans of Paul Walker and would love to see the statue built.”
The duo began practicing their spiel two months earlier, presenting at other southern California city councils in West Hollywood, Huntington Beach, and Burbank. According to their PageSix interview, Allen and Kalendar saw the statue as a way to do something uplifting at a time when they feel a lot of negativity.
Ultimately, the idea was shot down by the council, who pointed out that Walker had no direct ties to the beachside town. “I’m a big fan of Paul Walker, don’t get me wrong,” mayor pro tempore Tim Brown reportedly said. “But … no. Sorry, bro.”
Hey! You can't blame them for trying -- and they did give us something to smile about!
Fast & Furious airs Saturday, Apr. 8, at 9/8c on USA Network. Tickets are on sale now for The Fate of the Furious, which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, Apr. 14.