Tony Scott, Director of 'Top Gun,' Dies in Apparent Suicide
Published: August 19, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
By Tim Molloy
Director Tony Scott jumped off the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach on Sunday and died from his injuries.
The Los Angeles coroner confirmed to TheWrap that Anthony David Scott of Beverly Hills jumped off the bridge and died on Sunday. That is Scott's full name, and the British-born director has lived in Los Angeles for many years.
The U.S. Coast Guard told The Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
Scott is a well-known Hollywood director who is best known for high-octane action movies including "Top Gun," "Crimson Tide" and many other hit movies. He is the brother of Ridley Scott, another prominent director, both born in England. They are partners in a production company, Scott Free Productions.
His most recent movies were "Unstoppable" and "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3."
He was also in the process of exploring a sequel to his biggest hit, "Top Gun 2."
The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a suspension bridge over Los Angeles Harbor that links San Pedro with Terminal Island. It appears frequently in films and television.
Speaking about his work, I don't know how many directors working (white, at that) can say that they've made as many films with a lead black character (with Denzel Washington being a very frequent collaborator). Looking at his filmographry, these are films he made with at least one black actor in a lead role:
Unstoppable (Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson) The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Denzel Washington) Deja Vu (Denzel Washington and Paula Patton) Man on Fire (Denzel Washington) Enemy of the State (Will Smith) The Fan (Wesley Snipes) Crimson Tide (Denzel Washington) The Last Boy Scout (Damon Wayans) Beverly Hills Cop ll (Eddie Murphy)
He made 17 full length films, with minority actors in all of them - including Mo'Nique, Benicio Del Toro, John Leguizamo, Samuel L. Jackson, Édgar Ramírez - so this is unique in comparison to most filmmakers. He also worked with Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Mickey Rourke, Tom Cruise, Catherine Deneuve, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette and others.
May you Rest in Peace, Mr Scott. I don’t pretend to be an expert on your filmography, but to me, “Crimson Tide” is the best thriller I’ve ever seen, apart from “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Dark Knight”. You made action movies with character depth and performances, not just talking heads just saying stuff about how “we are running out of time”. In an action movie, if you want to stand out you have to be different. You can either HAVE character depth (a la crimson tide) or you can have thematic substance (a la dark knight), or you can have both (Silence of the lambs).
Just now, the family has put out a statement that despite the reports from ABC and elsewhere, Tony Scott didn't have brain cancer nor any other medical condition that would have led to this.
The was an eagerness in the industry (from my chitchats today) to want to believe this, since tragic though it was it seemed rational. Now this always psychologically fragile community will go back to panic mode (as in why would someone so successful do such a thing?)