Filmmaker Tony Scott created a sharp opening in The Hunger
It looks like the man who brought Top Gun to the world has ended his life.
Tony Scott jumped to his death from the Los Angeles County bridge, according to the coroner's office.
The U.K.-born director worked with his brother, director Ridley, in their production company.
Scott's stylish films never achieved as much critical praise as those of his brother, but the opening scene of The Hunger remains a classic. Check it out below:
The Hunger, by Tony Scott.
While discussing The Taking of Pelham 123 in 2009, Scott told the Straight's Ian Caddell that he tried to avoid using digital enhancement in his films.
“My mother was 95 when she died, and she had watched a lot of movies and she would say, ”˜That thing doesn’t work,’ and it was always something that was digitally generated," Scott said at the time. "To me, there is something great about working in a real live situation, whether it was on the Manhattan Bridge with helicopters or down in the subway. I think it elevates performance and drama. We had real trains running behind the actors when we were shooting down there. At the same time, it’s a tremendous responsibility for a director. Standing in the subway was dangerous, because we were working at night and people get tired and they can lose concentration. If someone was to step the wrong way and put their hand in the wrong direction, you could have something more serious. It was a huge responsibility, and every night that I went down in the subway, I would have to remind myself that one of the stamps of my movies is that I shoot real things in the real world.”
Tony Scott was 68 at the time of his death.
(Any readers who are feeling extremely depressed can contact the Crisis Centre at 604-872-3311 or visit a hospital emergency room.)
Follow Charlie Smith on Twitter at twitter.com/csmithstraight.