As to the whys that may be explained in the letter left in his home, I can’t help but feel abnormally saddened by Tony’s suicide. Being a hollywood figure with any level of prominence is a dream that many wish to attain, so why? I may never understand nor do I need to. However, I must try to reason why it’s affecting me.
Directors are often overlooked when friends gather round. If the discussion goes beyond acting or plot, they are usually brought up in a snotty way “David Mamet is so much better than Nolan.” Only the great ones are known (Spielberg, Nolan, Scorsese…) or the very bad ones (Michael Bay). The average are hardly talked about at the casual level. Tony Scott was far from average reaching consistent box office success since Top Gun and recently with Unstoppable. Hey if Denzel insisted on working with Tony then Tony must be pretty good.
Ridley got most of the critical attention with the epic worlds he created in Gladiator, Alien and Blade Runner. Tony stayed here on Earth, present day, for the most part with a frenetic and kinetic style of editing that is copied too often with too little credit. I admire Tony’s conistency, I never doubted that I’d like an upcoming movie of his. I couldn’t say the same for his brother as a few were complete messes. The theatrical version of Kingdom of Heaven was so bad I couldn’t help but feel trepidation for Prometheus.
This wasn’t meant to be a debate or a comparison. Just a reminder that Tony was a great director and I will be missing his work.
2007 Numb3rs (TV series)
– Trust Metric (2007)
2006 Deja Vu
2004 Agent Orange (short)
2004 Man on Fire
2002 Beat the Devil (short)
2001 Spy Game
1997-1999 The Hunger (TV series)
– Sanctuary (1999)
– The Swords (1997)
1999 Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (video documentary) (video “One More Try”)
1998 Enemy of the State
1996 The Fan
1995 Crimson Tide
1993 True Romance
1991 The Last Boy Scout
1990 Days of Thunder
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II
1986 Top Gun
1983 The Hunger
1976 Nouvelles de Henry James (TV series)
– L’auteur de Beltraffio (1976)
1971 Loving Memory (as Anthony Scott)
1969 One of the Missing (short)