Tony Scott, the maverick director who gave us many of the edge-of-the-seat action thrillers like ‘Top Gun’, ‘Days of Thunder’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Unstoppable’ succumbed to an adventurous death himself.
Tony who was suspected to be suffering from the dreaded disease cancer, apparently committed suicide by jumping off the 200 feet high Vincent Thomas Bridge into the Los Angeles Harbour on Sunday, 19th August 2012. He was 68. For the man who said, “The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life”, this was something totally unacceptable from him. Police are still investigating the case as well as the various notes that Tony left behind for his family.
Having started his career with the film ‘The Hunger’ in the year 1983 that tanked miserably at the box office, Tony found his footing in Hollywood with his second film, a monstrous hit ‘Top Gun’ a couple of years later. The film starred Tom Cruise who later starred in Scott’s ‘Days of Thunder’. In the years to come, Tony went on to partner various stars like Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, John Travolta among others to give glossy hit films. Critics were however wary of this style of film making as compared to Scott’s acclaimed elder brother Ridley Scott who won the Academy for ‘Gladiator’ and was more the favorite of the critics.
Tony Scott wasn’t just a writer/director. He juggled other tasks equally well. As a producer, he has produced quite a number of films and television series including some with his brother Ridley.
Tony is survived by his wife Donna Wilson Scott and 12-year old twin sons Frank and Max.
Tributes poured in for Tony Scott:
Tom Cruise: “Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him.He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Kevin Costner: ” Tony was as one of the good guys. He was a man’s man who lived life as hard and as full as anyone I’ve ever met, but there was always a sweetness to his toughness. He was truly in love with his profession.”
Val Kilmer: “RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed.”
Eddie Murphy: “Tony was “great collaborator” who will be “deeply missed.”
Ellen DeGeneres: “I’m sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. Sending love to his family & hoping anyone feeling hopeless or alone will reach out for help.”
Dwayne Johnson: ”I make a movie because it’s something that inspires me” ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 – 8/19/12. Your movies inspired me.”
Samuel L. Jackson: “Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott’s life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!”
Oliver Stone: “My favorite Tony Scott film is “Enemy of the State” (1998). Brilliant and way ahead of its time. Will miss him.”
Michael Moore: “True Romance (written by Tarantino) did not receive the recognition it so rightly deserved (one of the decade’s best films).”
Karan Johar: “RIP Tony Scott… Your true romance with cinema will live on forever.”
Madhur Bhandarkar: “Shocked to hear about my favourite THE UNSTOPPABLE Filmmaker Tony Scott’s demise… RIP.”
Sonam Kapoor: “This is so sad. He was one of my favourite filmmakers.”
Neil Nitin Mukesh: “True romance! A film that started my career in a way. From then, before and till now..UNSTOPPABLE ! A director par excellence RIP TONY SCOTT.”
Dia Mirza: “There is dark dark place behind all the lights, camera, action. RIP Tony Scott.”
Atul Kasbekar: “Director Tony Scott passed away. Huge filmography, but if you haven’t seen ‘True Romance’, do yourself a favour and see it asap. Pure genius.”
Neha Dhupia: “The loss of yet another film genius. He made action look so pleasant! Tony Scott RIP.”
Ranvir Shorey: “Shocked to read about Tony Scott. The mysteries of the human heart. RIP.”
Anubhav Sinha: “This is unfair Mr.Tony Scott. But rest in peace sir and remember we feel obliged for what you did to cinema worldwide.”