A Look Back at the Movie That Made Us Fall in Love With Paul Walker

12/02/2013 AT 01:00 PM EST

Paul Walker, who died Saturday in a Los Angeles car accident, was not a comedy actor. He was an action star – and a very good one, as remembered by New York magazine.

But before his Fast and Furious days, and even before his infamous bet with Freddie Prinze Jr. in She's All That, Walker caught our eye as Skip Martin, the goofy basketball star in 1998's Pleasantville.

As pure and innocent as a glass of whole milk, Skip Martin was the 1950s made flesh, and Walker brought a charming naivety to the role. When he calls Reese Witherspoon "the keenest girl in school," it's hard not to fall for the starry-eyed love fool.

Pleasantville would be Walker's only romantic role, but it's a glimpse of an alternate career for him, one where he could have been a rom-com star like Witherspoon, if he wanted.


Watch an opening scene from Pleasantville below.



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