It’s a sad day for movie fans. Tony Scott apparently took his own life today. It isn’t known what caused him to do so but he will be missed.
When a man has a famous family member it can be difficult to etch out a place for yourself without constant comparison. Tony Scott did just that. While Ridley Scott was off making movies that were less commercial Tony jumped into creating such big commercial action films as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop 2. He continued to move his career forward by creating visually stunning work that redefined what we expected from action cinema.
Scott had a long cinematic relationship with Denzel Washington. They collaborated on several projects that proved to be some of Scott’s best work – Crimson Tide, Man On Fire, Unstoppable being amongst them. My personal favorite is True Romance, written by relative unknown Quentin Tarantino, and starred Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, and a host of others. This movie showed what Scott was capable of in terms of action and story. The scene between Hopper and Walken was one of the best scenes I have ever watched. The action scene at the end was like a pre-America John Woo. He really elevated his game with that one.
He followed True Romance with Crimson Tide, another great piece of cinema. Washington and Gene Hackman were both perfect in this film. This is my favorite submarine movie after Das Boot.
He took a different career path than his brother and showed the world what he could do. I’m both sad and angry that he is gone. I’m angry because I always felt that suicide and drug overdoses by celebrities are not deserving of our sadness. I also understand that he has family and I am sad for them. I know what it is like to lose someone close. I also know what it’s like to witness a person who is suicidal try to end their own life.
My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.