The suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott has shocked the film community. Scott leapt to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge over the Los Angeles Harbor Sunday afternoon; he was 68.
He didn't only direct "Top Gun" the film; he also directed the Kenny Loggins music video for the movie's song "Danger Zone," one of only two music videos he directed:
Directors, actors, critics and others reacted on Twitter. Fellow directors shared their thoughts:
No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) August 20, 2012
I shall miss you Mr Scott.— (@edgarwright) August 20, 2012
Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012
Writer/director Joe Carnahan offered a particularly emotional response:
Tony's influence on a generation of filmmakers is colossal. There isn't a more commercially successful director who pushed the form like him— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012
Tony always sent personal, handwritten notes & always drew a cartoon caricature of himself, smoking a cigar, with his hat colored in red.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012
I figure if I don't share these stories guys, I'll wind up punching out the walls in this hotel room I'm so pissed off right now.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012
Others also spoke to the emotional impact:
Awww Tony. Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going. What a sad waste. My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 20, 2012
I'm deeply sorry for the death of Tony Scott. I will like to understand the mystery behind the decision he took— Guillermo Arriaga (@G_Arriaga) August 20, 2012
Scott's work with Tom Cruise helped launch Cruise to stardom in films like "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder." He also formed an attachment with Denzel Washington.
I think it also says something that a superstar who could choose anyone (aka Denzel Washington) worked with Tony Scott five times.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) August 20, 2012
The studio he directed for, Fox, posted this:
D.E.P. Tony Scott twitter.com/20thCFoxSp/sta…— 20th Century Fox(@20thCFoxSp) August 20, 2012
Scott's production company recently purchased the rights to comic book creator Mark Millar's "Nemesis"; Millar is best known for his comic book-turned-film "Kick-Ass." Millar shared his thoughts on Scott's death, sharing his personal experience and stories.
Like others, Millar noted Scott's courtesy, writing, "He hated email and instead used to communicate with funny hand-written notes which his assistant would scan and mail to me and he'd tend to communicate this way or by postcard if we didn't speak by phone. ... I remember getting one of his cyber post-cards with a little drawing saying our scheduled call would be 30 mins late as he had a meeting and I think this pretty much sums him up: Polite and charming to a guy he barely knew and always keeping a personal touch in an industry where that's often the first thing to go."
You can see an interview Scott did about "Nemesis" here:
He's not the only famous director in the family — his brother is Ridley Scott. A new president was just named for their Fox-based production company last month. They'd recently co-produced Ridley Scott's film "Prometheus."
Tony Scott was often criticized as being all flash and no substance, but he produced hit after hit, most recently Denzel Washington's "Unstoppable." Scott directed movies like "Crimson Tide," "Enemy of the State," "Beverly Hills Cop 2" and more. He was a big part of the early career of Quentin Tarantino, directing "True Romance," as well as Shane Black, directing "The Last Boy Scout."
There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me "I love #TrueRomance" Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man— Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012
He also produced hit TV shows "The Good Wife" and "Numb3rs."
Before his death, Scott had also been set to direct a "Top Gun" sequel as his next project, with Cruise returning to star and Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
Scott reportedly left a suicide note in his car near where he jumped and another in his office, but the contents of those notes have yet to be released. He leaves behind a wife (his third) and twin sons.