Director Tony Scott: Dead at 68

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What a sad Monday morning it has become. Director Tony Scott, brother of director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner) was reported dead after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California.

Though many argue that his work never quite matched the level of success and creativity of his brother, deeming him less talented, I completely disagree because the two worked in very different genres and Tony deserves an incredible amount of praise for the entertaining films he created, some of which will withstand the test of time. Where Ridley mastered the creation of entire worlds with his films, like this year’s “Prometheus,” Tony was recognized for his hyper-kinetic action and editing, in films like Top Gun, Enemy of the State, and Spy Game, just to name a few. His fast paced action films are the legacy that this man has left behind and I am truly heart broken by this loss in the film community. I find it unfortunate that even though his films were generally financial successes, he earned little praise from the critics and never garnered an Academy Award nomination for his work.

Tony Scott said in an interview for the 1995 film Crimson Tide that “The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life,” and the ”scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It’s the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through.” A thrill seeker to the end, an avid rock climber and driver of fast cars, Scott will be sorely missed by his wife and sons, as well as those who appreciated the man behind the blockbuster hit Top Gun, which will be released in 3D later this year.

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