Monday, August 20, 2012

Devastating

Tony Scott, younger brother of Ridley and easily one of the most important and influential action movie directors of the last several decades (an "of all time" case could absolutely be made,) is dead from an apparent suicide. Witnesses say he jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, his body being later retrieved from the water by LAPD officers. What may have led to this fate is, at this time, unknown. Awful, awful news.


Like his brother, Scott had a quixotic career. Originally schooled as a painter, he became a sought-after director of commercials, documentary shorts and music-videos for Ridley's video production studio in England. He was in his forties before transitioning to features with the cult-fave modern-vampire piece "The Hunger;" but subsequently became known primarily for his action movies via collaborations with Jerry Bruckheimer. The best of these came out in an impressive run between 1986 and 1995: "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Revenge," "Days of Thunder," "The Last Boy Scout," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide."

Scott's filmography can be found HERE. If there's anything on there you've never seen, now would be the time.

16 comments:

Donald (The Scape) said...

Terrible news, he, like his brother, was a great filmmaker and was responsible for some of my favorite films of all time. His talent will be sorely missed.

Anonymous said...

Very tragic news. My heart goes out to his family.

Also Bob, don't mean to be a dick, but wikipedia states that Tony's the younger brother.

Ralphael said...

The Man in Fire remake was somewhat of a coming-of-age movie, since I saw it when I was 12 years old, and ever since then it has secretly been one of my all time favorite movies.

I know a lot of critics don't really like the movie, but I think it is very underrated...

Hollywood has really lost a true talent.

Arturo said...

It's one of those news that the moment you read it, you don't want to believe it.

The Offender said...

I want to say this news made me shed a single manly tear. I would be lair if I said that, because I have far more tears than one rolling down my face. The death of an artist is a tragedy.

Taylor said...

cowards way out......

Sylocat said...

Minor correction, Bob: he was the younger brother.

Anyway... can't call myself a fan (or one of his brother), but this is a tragedy, and I do appreciate his work for what it was.

I feel guilty about waiting for the cops to release the note...

Aiddon said...

@Taylor

Well, you're an ass

Anonymous said...

@ Taylor

...in an ignorant way, yes. But not in his case.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumor that could not be removed. Being of old age and suddenly told "you will die" most likely either made him choose the express lane, or the tumor altered his brain activity. Same thing occurs to athletes who suffer career list-long brain injuries. Which always end in suicides.

Taylor said...

@Anon It seems you are the only ignorant one

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/tony-scott-did-not-have-brain-cancer/

Daniel R said...

Tragic news. Absolutely tragic news. I couldn't exactly call myself a fan but he is without a doubt a massive contributor to the medium of film as it is today and my condolences go out to his family.



Unrelated;

I'm sorry Bob, I'm sorry Tony Scott, I'm really sorry for bringing my baggage into you're blog again. I know I've posted about this before but I just don't know where to go.

I'm a closeted gay teenager and I think I'm near the brink of a mental breakdown. I've been trying to tell my family for the past week or so and I feel like my life is beginning to fall apart. I'm back in school, so I'm absolutely stressed out and feel completely overworked. One of my close friends just went on a homophobic rant right in front of me. And I broke down crying just at the sight of myself in the mirror in my bathroom a few hours ago.

I know I should probably seek out professional psychiatric help, but I just don't know what to do.

I know most of you probably can't give me much advice to handle my situation. Thats fine, right now I don't want advice I just want to know someone else knows what I'm going through. if that makes any sense. I'm scared, I'm literally shaking as I write this and I honestly don't understand why.

Anonymous said...

Hello Daniel.

I can't give you much advice since I'm not gay, and im sorry if this doesn't help but...
When life gets me down, I go here.

http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/

Also, next time you are at the grocery store, pick up some Haagen-Daz ice cream, it has helped me feel better after some breakups, and whenever I don't feel loved.

Peace brother.

BronyJerm said...

Daniel,

Just remember that the douchebags and human scum are the ones who wish to see you fall. The decent people of the world want to see you thrive and prosper. Don't give the assholes the satisfaction of seeing you fall. Stand and thrive.

Sorry I can't give you more but it's the most honest and to the point thing I can tell you.

Do you have a pet? An animal companion can do wonders. My cats have kept me from taking my own life. They are literally life savers and stress relievers. Dogs are too. If you don't have pets go to the local animal shelter and ask to see the animals. Even if you can't take them home they will be grateful for your company.

I hope this helps. Stay strong man.

Anonymous said...

@Daniel

I don't know what it's like to be a closeted homosexual man, but I have been a closeted atheist at one point, so I can say that I know kind of what you're going through.

The heartbreak of rejection and shame is not as bad as worrying about the heartbreak of rejection and shame. I came out with my disbelief to my mother a year ago on July 4th (whoo) and we had a four-hour 'discussion' that ended about as amicably as I could have hoped. Our relationship has changed a bit, but it was nowhere near as a bad as I thought it would be.

The longer you put off coming out, the worse it's going to eat at you. It's like the moment in a movie just before you see the monster, but the monster hasn't jumped out yet- multiplied by a million and strung out over days, weeks, months, even years.

Hope everything turns out well for you.

Andreas said...

Daniel, I think I agree with the comment above. I'm not a closeted gay but I know what it's like to have things eating away inside. Tell your parents, tell your friends. What happens after that won’t be nearly as bad as what’s happening to you right now.

Oh, and R.I.P. Tony Scott. I'm not really a fan but it's impossible to ignore the influence his films have left.

MovieBob said...

@Daniel,

You need to seek the help and support of either an adult authority figure whom you trust to be sympathetic to you and/or seek out the help of a professional.

I don't know where you're going to school, but unless it's a religious or otherwise ideological-unsympathetic institution I imagine there may be counseling/support services available to students; I think you should be talking to them.

Failing that, most areas have LGBT-affiliated support lines you can contact for help. If you're in the U.S. this is a good place to start:
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/get-help/