Over the weekend, we lost one of the best actors of the previous several decades, Bill Paxton. He churned out hit after hit like he was taking batting practice, and was in the greatest movie of all time, Tombstone. He had the depth of human emotion to act circles around Kevin Bacon in Oscar-winning movies like Apollo 13, but also had the comedic chops to be in a film like Weird Science. Paxton might as well be the Id of your website commenter as the sleazy car salesman/pick up artist in all-around tour de force True Lies (“I got ‘em lining up, and not just the skanks either… well, some are”). He is also the only actor to have been killed by a Predator, a Terminator and a Xenomorph.
Paxton also became a hero to one of the nichiest of groups, the storm-chaser. Paxton’s role in Twister was the straight man to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “Dusty” and Cary Elwes at his most evil. Helen Hunt is also in the film because the 90s had awful taste in women, as well as pretty much everything else. It is due to his role in popularizing storm chasing that hundreds of amateur tornado wranglers took to the roads yesterday and crowdsourced a massive tribute to Mr. Paxton. By using storm tracking and tornado spotting software, they spelled out a massive “BP” across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
This is one of the coolest tributes I’ve ever seen, and just seeing the dots pop up throughout the day brought a tear to my eye. Fare-thee-well, The Extreme. And remember everyone, the bottle never. hit. the ground..
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