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Tony Scott, the brilliant director of TRUE ROMANCE, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, CRIMSON TIDE, ENEMY OF THE STATE, TOP GUN and many more first-rate studio films, has committed suicide at the age of sixty-eight. According to KTLA, he jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach.

I can't process this news at the moment. Scott was a vital filmmaker with several projects in development. His sleek visual style was hugely influential in the 1980s, and he refined it in the early '90s as he began to work with media savvy writers like Shane Black and Quentin Tarantino. Critics decried Scott as a style-over-substance commercial director, but the glitzy "Friday Night Football" opening of THE LAST BOY SCOUT set up a sharp critique of our blind idolization of sports stars. Scott was a skilled smuggler. He was also an amazing storyteller. All told, he was one of the most talented filmmakers of my lifetime.

A part of me was holding out hope that Scott would ultimately convince Gene Hackman to come out of retirement for POTSDAMER PLATZ. I had no idea Scott was the one on the clock. I'm heartbroken. My condolences to the Scott family.





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  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by james

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable...RIP Mr. Scott

    by Somerichs

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Wow... If Tony Scott wasn't happy or fulfilled...

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    ...who the hell is? Just sad all around. Rest in peace, Tony. Crimson Tide was a fucking masterpiece.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    I second that notion, RIP Tony!

    by notcher

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by Waspo

    I know we all have our reasons and demons, but there had to be a better way. He will be missed.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Oh my god

    by AntonStark

  • We're with ya Ridley!

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    My heart goes out to Ridley and the rest of his family. RIP Tony.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Sad news

    by cowsaysmoo

    My condolences to his family, especially his brother Ridley.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Very Sad

    by rickdeckard1

    Heart Breaking news, I especially feel bad for his brother Ridley. Huge loss, don't know what can drive a man to suicide with such talent and a family. Rest in peace.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    depression is a bitch...sticking with the meds is too

    by walt

    hard to take it one day at a time this is a bummer better to be a bastard with no sense of self like stan lee

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Sad news! RIP Mr. Scott.

    by tomandshell

    Condolences to Ridley and family.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    I am floored.

    by sean

    He was one of the first action auteurs I found when I got into movies. Truely sad day for all of us.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Very sad. I'm choked up.

    by Metropolis

    He was my idol. True Romance was one of the films that made me want to direct. He was the hippest director that ever lived in my opinion. Revenge always gave me chills. He was SO "bad ass". Very few directors had his "balls" and "visual confidence". I will miss his presence in the film-world deeply, and will always wonder just how many more revolutionary films he had left in him. RIP Tony. You will be greatly many.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    OMFG. Devastating news.

    by justmyluck

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    RIP Tony

    by Zadrock

    True Romance is one of my favorite films of all time. Truly a visionary director whose style of film making has and will influence young directors for years to come. A sad ending for a remarkable talent.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    RIP, all my thoughts to Ridley and family

    by Valaquen

    They lost a brother, Frank, to cancer post-Alien, and it threw Ridley for a serious loop. This however is so out of the blue, I can't imagine the family's feelings right now. Terrible. Thanks for the movies, Tony. All my best, Ridley and co.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Sad to hear. He knew how to make satisfying films, not an easy task.

    by vic twenty

    RIP sir. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    SO MUCH talent lost by its own hand.

    by notcher

    It just boggles the mind.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Can't believe the guy who gave us Beverly Hills Cop 2 is gone.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    That's just not fucking right. The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Beverly Hills Cop 2 - all staples in my player still. He must have had his reasons but fuck - this is not right.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Bloody hell

    by RamboJohnJ

    Just goes to show you never know what's going on underneath the surface with people around you, no matter how busy, happy, or involved they may seem. Thoughts are with him and his.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Can't believe it.

    by hadrion


  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite directors Tony Scott. RIP

    by AMchannelEpicwish@Youtube

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by Black Jack iii

    RIP Mr. Scott, you will be missed. True Romance changed the way I looked at film.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I thought "Unstoppable" was the best film of 2010.

    by RandySavage

    Can't recommend that movie enough. This is a true shame. Tony made some great movies and still had the goods.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Shocking news

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    I don't usually feel the need to comment on these obit threads, but this one is so unexpected and tragic that it actually threw me for a loop. A real shame.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    RIP Tony

    by stvnhthr

    Wow, what a sad story. The value of life is not based on accomplishment, no one will ever achieve enough to have inner peace. Tony made great movies and has entertained me for hours on end. My prayers go out to his family.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    T H I S I S T R A G I C

    by Mennen

  • Haters gonna hate, sadly thats what makes them incapable of any progressive discourse.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Sorry to see you go, Tony

    by eveelcapitalist

    He did some fine work in his time. I really enjoyed his style and flair. He was a great talent and made many amazing and enjoyable movies that I grew up with. I don't know what led him to suicide. Regardless of the reasons why, I hope he is at peace.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Mind-boggling. At 68!!! The finish line was Right There!

    by Donald Trump

    There must have been something seriously wrong. Can't believe it.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I have no words. RIP

    by elgato73

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    His "Beat the Devil" BMW with Oldman and James Brown

    by RandySavage

    is great too. Check it out on Youtube for a demo of Tony Scott's signature style.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    This sucks!

    by Aphex Twin

    Dude....I had just finished watching Crimson Tide last night. RIP Tony, your movies are masterpieces. Hell I think I'll cue up Top Gun from Netflix now. Damn this sucks...

  • I can't help but wonder what would compell him to do so? One would think he had everything a man could want, but then again, you never truly know what keeps a person going. For me, it was the feelings of hopeless loneliness that strike some of us (and did for years, until I met my last girlfriend) - not much point in doing anything without someone to share your life with. If I won 300 million dollars in the lottery, it would be worthless to me without someone to share it with. So who knows what motivated his decision? One can say that suicide is selfish, meaningless, cowardly, etc...but you really can't expect to understand what drives a person that far. Everyone is different. And as far as cowardice goes...I don't think so. Death is one of the most truly frightening concepts in the universe. Especially if you are not religious. It takes huge balls to throw yourself into cold oblivion, not knowing at all what happens beyond that point. It's one thing that kept me from doing it several times. I was too afraid, as much as I hated my own life, the fear of simply not existing was greater. I didnt think it was a selfish thing either - at the time, I thought that I'd be doing those who knew me a favor. I felt I was worthless and only brought negative things to their lives. So can only imagine the pain of another. I am very sad that Mr. Scott took this path, and I wish his family the very best, for what it is worth. Thank you for your contributions to the world, good sir.

  • I've been chasing news on this for the past half hour, I can't help it.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    There is obviously a lot more to this story-

    by don

    a highly successful director with more projects on the way- there were obviously deeper issues that I'm sure the 24 hour news outlets will fill u in on. Very sad to hear.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with suicide

    by Don_Drapers_Acid_Trip

    Don't be one of those selfish bitches who says suicide is selfish, saying somebody was selfish for not sticking around in this shitty miserable world just to keep your cowardly ass company is selfish. You're not noble, asshole. Didn't really like most of the guys movies but at least he had his own style and vision. Who is it behind most movies nowadays? 90 percent of hollywood films now are some brett ratner/len wiseman forgettable trash that makes no effort at personality or opinions or anything. Makes you appreciate even Michael Bay for what he does.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Tony Scott

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Directed some of my favorite movies. Still can't believe it.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    RIP Sir

    by Sin86a

    Sad news. Very sad news. True Romance remains one of my favorite films. Sucks to see him go like this. Hope he's found peace.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I just heard, im saddened by the loss.

    by Norman Colson

    He was such a great filmaker, why did he kill himself?

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    RIP. Too fucking sad.

    by Autodidact

    Listen to QT's True Romance commentary for a good portrait of Tony Scott.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Massive True Romance Fan, Really Sad News

    by Crow3711

    I wasn't a fan of his recent efforts, but i certainly didn't want this for the guy. I've seen top gun like 15 times. True romance like a dozen. Beverly hills cops 2. Crimson tide. Sad for the family. Terrible news for everyone. RIP

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Roffstafarian


  • we all would have watched, bad or not. :( r.i.p.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    RIP TS.. True Romance is one of my favorite films.

    by Stuff Daddy

    Cheers to you Tony.. Rest well.


  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    RIP Tony

    by Dan Anthony

    Thanks for some really great memories. One of Bruce's finest, a slather of 80's cheese, Christian Slater's only solid performance... You deserved better.

  • The art lost a big artist. Why do so many artists have to go so soon and so badly...

  • I know, I've been there, it fucking rips apart a family! Anyone who says otherwise is a fucking asshole!

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by unit1421

    Have loved Tony's work since The Hunger. My heart breaks for Tony's family...

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I can't believe this.

    by adeceasedfan

    My heart goes out to the Scott family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    RIP. Awful news.

    by bravogolfhotel

    He was a tremendous stylist, and he left behind a striking body of work (THE LAST BOY SCOUT and CRIMSON TIDE were my favorites). He will be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Ave Atque Vale, Tony

    by Clio

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by Mennen

    Dude, glad you pulled out of it. I've read your posts as of late. You're awesome! Keep them coming.

  • Because then Ridley's career will be crippled and he'll feel guilty for making good films and his work will be compromised. It will be like losing two directors.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Yet Michael Bay still lives.

    by Andy

    Tony Scott movies are excellent and rewatchable multiple times.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' crazy

    by Ryan B

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I wonder if he was diagnosed with a terminal illness...

    by frankenberry

    ...and decided to go out on his own terms.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    My guess: bad cancer diagnosis

    by Autodidact

    One of his brothers died of cancer. Maybe Tony was looking at chemo and opted to jump straight to the conclusion.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott made better films than Ridley, and more consistently

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    yeah, I said it. ...and it's true.

  • Cancer patients get to take a lot of really awesome drugs like medical marijuana and pain meds. It also deprives loved ones the opportunity to say a proper goodbye.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    5iafu. Congratulations. You win....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ....the cunt of the thread post. It was only a matter of time before someone came in with the lame "...and yet >insert name here< lives..." comment. You got there first. You must be proud at such a classy move in an rip thread for a talented guy.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by Tony Washburn

    I can't see anyway this doesn't negatively impact all current projects at Scott Free productions.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by javery56

    I had been wondering how many more films we would get out of Ridley considering hes over 70 and the older of the two. then this happens to the Tony. Who saw this coming. Very sad and such a waste RIP sir. I want to know why he did it.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Was it because...

    by walfrid

    They greenlit a Top Gun sequel/prequel? I heal best with humor, but laughs aside the man made damn fine entertainment.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Suicide isn't always selfish.

    by frankenberry

    I've been to the point in which I sincerely believed my family would be better off without me. I believed I would no longer screw up their lives if I killed myself. For instance, my wife would go on to find someone who could provide more for her than I, being unemployed, could. So, please don't say that suicide is always a selfish act. I truly believe some people misguidedly kill themselves to help loved ones.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    To Ridley: I Am Very Sorry

    by Media Messiah

    You taught your brother well in the arts, and he did you proud with his works. God bless!!!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    An amazing filmmaker,and such an odd way to go...

    by Jobacca

    RIP Tony Scott...he was a visionary. Not to be morbid or insensitive,but I find it sadly fascinating the way some people choose to end it all. Why that bridge? I bet that fall felt like forever...what did he think about on the way down? It seems like something out of a movie,but maybe that was the point...either way,its all over now,except for the living. At least film is forever.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    This is mortifying.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Just like that, Tony Scott's gone. I can't believe it. Rest In Piece, Mr. Scott. You will always be remembered through your greatest accomplishments in life.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    be happy for him instead of your own selfish sense of loss

    by animas

    He chose to end it. respect.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    leaves the living in agonizing pain

    by Don_Drapers_Acid_Trip

    That's their own fault for choosing to be bitches about the concept of suicide and death in the first place. The least they can do is not take their weakness out on the person who decided to leave this world. That's making it about them and their ego. "How could they do this to me" etc. It's reflex to most people.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    I'm really speechless right now. Total shock. All I can do is reflect and pray. May God bless Tony and give his family and friends strength and comfort during this difficult period. Thank you Mr. Scott for your great films that brought me joy. I also want to say that I appreciate many of the touching comments Talkbackers are making in this thread. This is what community is all about. Again, may Tony rest in peace and God bless his soul. He'll be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    It's selfish to think suicide is selfish

    by Symposium

    So don't be a cunt because somebody else is going through hell and it disrupts your happy happy joy joy life.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I love Beverly Hills Cop 2. Rest in Peace, Tony Scott.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Highly, HIGHLY, unexpected and very sad!

    by aphextwin

    I watched the last boy scout yesterday, and the movie remains still potent today imo...raw, violent and funny with great style and action. I just love this movie. Like his brother, you just know it is Tony scott film within 1 or 2 seconds. Lighting and framing is impeccable. I was very much looking forward to the top gun sequel. This is shocking news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony...

    by Max

    I have always put True Romance at the top of my favorite films, you will be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    This is unbelievable news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    frankenberry - It's a selfish act for THOSE VERY REASONS!

    by Jaka

    You wouldn't need to kill yourself for your wife to find a new guy. <p> In nearly EVERY case (really, it's documented), the person who kills themselves leaves behind people who loved and cared for them. People who would have wanted to help them if they only understood the problem. <p> I understand in some cases it's a mental, chemical, emotional (or all three) imbalance and the people who leave us really can't reason out that what they're doing is going to hurt people, not help them. But brother, I've been through it. My aunt is missed everyday by her sister, brother, nieces and nephews. And it's been ten years!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony. Bad-ass til the end.

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Last Boy Scout will always be my favorite "guys" movie.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Yes, leaves the living in agonizing pain

    by 2soon2eat

    It's better not to judge, but his family has been betrayed by his weakness.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Scott

    by Jaka

    Peace and solace to his family and friends during this difficult time.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    jobacca, good thoughts

    by Bobo_Vision

    I wonder about those things, too. Why jump from a bridge? I don't think death comes quick that way. Depending on which part of the body hits the water first, they probably drown to death after the impact.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    don drapers

    by 2soon2eat

    When you are an adult, you owe it to your kids not to fucking kill yourself. Or maybe his family is just "bitches".

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    no,no, no, no

    by MGTHEDJ

    Hell, man this one hurts. He broke on the Hollywood Scene with The Hunger, fantastic visuals, and I'm not just talking about Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve's love scene. Watch it, the man had style. Top Gun was the biggest recruiting film for the Navy in the 1980's and 1990's. That shot between the tails of the F-14 when it rolls is now iconic. For you younger ones, when it was shown in the trailer back during the spring of 1986 the audiences gasped. I love Crimison Tide and True Romance. Also the production company with his brother Ridley, Scott Free, has bankrolled some good stuff over the years. I guess he couldn't hold back the demons any more. My thoughts are with his friends and family.-------m

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    Want to shout out for the excellent REVENGE. That one won't get mentioned in any of the obits to come. Fucking awesome badass, well, revenge flick, might be Tony's best. RIP.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Terminal Illness

    by QuandraX

    I thought that, too. My first thought. Can't say enough about his movies, I never did the Ridley VS: Tony debate, because they were both awesome. My favorite Tony Scott picture would have to be The Last Boyscout. I forgot to tell you. BOM means "fuck you" in Polish.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    don drapers thinks Tony Scotts family are "bitches"

    by 2soon2eat

    Can we start finally banning people? Don thinks the family of Tony Scott are a bunch of bitches because they are sad he killed himself.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    fuck me...r.i.p mr. scott...

    by ponyboy

    my rods & pins in my back have pushed me to the bottom many, many times...I refuse the POTENT pain killers...just deal with the excruciating pain with the help from girlfriend & mom who is a nurse. my girlfriend & I just watched saturday night fever last night, she had never seen it....the bridge scene fucked her up....she said that would be the worst way to go, thinking all the way down....i agree. really shocked...very sad...for those of us who struggle with pain & depression on a daily basis, well, fuck it, I don't know what to say. tony scott was a great & entertaining director. rest in peace sir....from the bottom of my heart.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by John Brown

    As someone who has dealt with a fair share of suicides in my line of work, let me affirm both that suicide is ultimately a selfish act, but also that those who commit suicide are not to be called "selfish." The myriad emotions and the complex mental and biochemical situations that result in a suicide are so numbing, so adept at removing a person from reality that they have no real concept that what they're doing is selfish. Indeed, as some have already pointed out, the person often feels they are doing an altruistic thing by removing themselves from the equation and freeing others to live life without them. From an objective viewpoint we can see how untrue such thinking is, but from within the pain and confusion up becomes down, left becomes right, and all sense of what is true goes out the window. I feel for Mr. Scott and his family, and hope and pray for some answers and peace for them as time moves on. And I know I will not be reading much on this Talkback, because it's at times like this I realize just how sick so many on the Internet are. For those of you offering sincere words of consolation and grief, my heart grieves with you. For those of you who will turn this into a chance to show your complete assery, I can only say I pity you.

  • The great thing about Scott was his movies had real dynamism. He'd always have quiet little moments of beauty and contemplation in there somewhere.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Well said sir. I agree.

  • Very fond memories of seeing THE HUNGER completely cold on late night cable back in the 80s.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Never comment on obits, but fuck...

    by JP

    this one is a sickener!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    My condolences to Ridley and their family and friends...

    by Emperor

    Sad and shocking news... I feel really bad for his brother and of course the family... Hopefully Tony is in a better place now than the place he wanted to escape from... RIP.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Brad

    Just wanna say do not let a relationship be the reason you're not is VITAL you find things that you can look forward to/be happy about all on your own. Great friendships, men's groups (even though that sounds really lame out loud), group hobbies, can all be things that provide the "not lonely" feeling you want. I FULLY agree that life feels very empty without someone to romantically share it with, but completely relying on a relationship for that happiness is a huge no no. What if you break up? In addition to that, that mentality whether outwardly obvious or not, will make you extremely codependent, which isnt attractive whatsoever. Women want a man who can confidently stand on his own two feet with or without her. The second she starts feeling like you "need" her in that way is the second she starts planning an exit. It's one thing to be each others partner and have tremendous love, it's quite another to be codependent. With that said, if you and this girl are serious, you should both read "Getting the Love You Want," it'll make your communication excellent and if/when you guys decide to live together/get engaged/get married, youll be happy you read it. Sorry for the tangent, been down this road the hard way. Anyway, God Bless the Scott family. This is tragic news. Tony made some wonderful films that gave us all a little escapism when things might've been bad, and you can't ask for more than that.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Crimson Tide

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    Playing right now...I haven't been this shocked by a celebrity death in my life...RIP Tony....I feel so bad for Ridley and Tony's family

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I mean an Artists death

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Man on Fire!

    by MGTHEDJ

    How could I forget the remake with Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, and Christopher Walken. Damn....

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    What. The. Fuck.

    by poop

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    I was watching UNSTOPPABLE today at the same time he jumped.

    by poop

    This is horrible. It's the first Tony Scott movie I've watched in ages, and I've always enjoyed his work. One of those super weird coincidences, and it's really freaking me out.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Apparently he had just watched Prometheus.

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    Firstly my condolances to the Scott family and their loss. It is interesting reading some of the comments people have posted on the concept of suicide. I had an older sister that I adored. She was the life of the party and in public bright, intellegent, bubbly, hysterically funny and a joy to be around. Once she was alone however she felt lost, unloved and unworthy. She tried many times to take her own life. All the members of our family worked so hard at keeping her with us and she loved us deeply. We had therapy, clinics, retreats, hospitilasation. It was endless. In between there were the laughs, ripping stories and great adventures. Then one day with no triggering signes she took herself quietly into the garage and hung herself. It tore my family up. The grief was overwhelming. What could we have done to keep her? What mistakes were made to get her to that point? Guilt, anger, anguish and loss. Why did she do this to us! The friends and family are equal victims. But then there was recovery. One great discovery my family made on the road to healing was a bizare overwhelming sence of relief. We no longer were consumed with our worries and fears for her, or our hopes and dreams that she would recover an live a healthy life. It was over. The worst had happened. The sence of relief at a death from suicide is extreamly difficult to process but it can happen. Not in all cases but it does happen and is discussed by therapsts. The guilt at feeling that is horrible. I close my eyes and I can here her laugh, smell her perfume and I have 30 years of laughs and good times to comfort me. It is VERY interesting how I quickly forgot all the bad times. I don't close my eyes and activly think about the fear - finding her locked in a car with the hose pipe running. Having a court order obtained to have her institutionalised. Don't remember much of it at all. Why would you? But the funny shit she pulled in her short time with us is as vivvid as yesterday. It is never long at a family get together before we start exchanging funny memories of our life with her and usually end up falling about laughing at the crazy spirit she was. I witnessed the deapth of her pain daily and I know for her, death was a release and a relief. She just couldn't do it anymore. She is at peace now and I take great comfort in that. Suicide is one of the most private and personal things to happen to any family of the victim so please don't judge anyones reasons for why they were driven to that point. What ever the circumstances are that led to Tony's decision I hope that his friends and family gather and heal and learn and grow and become strong from their loss.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Oh no one of my favorite Directors :(

    by ganymede3010

    This is fucking terrible news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Oh man, horrible, so sad

    by Steve Lamarre

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    Awesome comment covjack!!! Truly awesome.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Good memories, but then Tony became a hack...

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    I had memories of watching Top Gun at the drive-in theatre in summer 1986, which cemented Tom Cruise's stardom. Had to ask the video shop to let me rent the R-rated movies The Last Boy Scout and True Romance, the former for my younger brother (11 years old). Had to ask the movie theatre manager to let me see Crimson Tide on the big screen in summer 1995. <p>Despite Tony Scott's output, he became a hack with Domino. I didn't see Man on Fire and Tony's other movies this decade. It was Domino that is an utter garbage, overfiltered, over the top color corrected, meth-edited, and just plain stupid and nasty, that led me to think Tony became a hack like his brother Ridley after I saw the muddy, manipulative and ridiculous Gladiator. <p>Whatever personal problem Tony had (he had a rumoured history of cocaine binge and affairs with actress women young enough to be his daughter), at least Tony left the lasting impact with his visually impressive and sometimes inane movies, notably Top Gun and True Romance. Maybe the alternatively brutal and sentimental Revenge, which Tarantino said is the best movie of the 80's decade. Tony is most recognizable for wearing the pink cap and fisherman's vest & swimming short on almost every movie set. Rest in peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    A serious bummer.

    by Ian Masterson

    I'm too young to remember his early work, but Beverly Hills Cop II and True Romance are both really great movies. RIP, to be sure.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    He was a style over substance director

    by D o o d

    but that's neither here nor there. He made it in the business and has a hell of a lot of fans of his work. I wonder what made him do it! RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    True Romance is a classic, Brad Pitt's best performance ever!

    by ganymede3010

    I mean come on, I can't think of anyone who played a better stoner than "Floyd". That shit was incredible.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I respect suicide.

    by shalashaska

    Dont be sad guys. It's his life, and his choice. I'm sure at 68 it cant be easy. Probably had some terminal illness or painful condition. Rip tony

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that, covjack

    by gobsmacker

    Very well stated.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Really sad news..

    by Ryan

    It is really a shame that so many talented people are so self destructive, even to the point of death. So many times we are our own worst enemy. My thoughts are with his family. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    HOLY FUCK! Just seen this on the news. Truly shocked!


    RIP Tony

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Don't forget The Hunger

    by Steve Lamarre

    which has a cool opening sequence.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Creepy Thin Man Doesn't Have the Balls To Jump

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    FACT! Pussy!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I don't blaspheme too often... but... GODDAMNIT!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I've idolized Tony Scott my entire life! The man was an innovator and a true visionary, and I always looked forward to where he'd next push his filmmaking and what he'd deliver next. I really wanted to see "Emma's War" and his more gritty take on "The Warriors"! Right now, I'm just selfishly pissed that we'll forever be deprived of another Tony Scott film! I always dreamed to see a Tony Scott western (anyone ever see his commercials for Marlboro? - awesome!) or sci-fi venture... goddamnit! Or I guess I should say "God please DON'T damn it" (I really hope God is a cinephile). Rest In Peace TP.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    The Hunger Still Rules To This Day - Godspeed Tony Scott

    by THX1968

    Besides The Hunger, you made a ton of great movies. Very, very sad news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Creepy Thin Man Is A

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Style IS substance!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I wish people would get that through their thick skulls. Tony had crazy mad skills!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    2soon2eat did you see The Sunset Limited

    by Don_Drapers_Acid_Trip

    Samuel L. Jackson in that movie = Bitch

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I really wish it would have you instead creepythinman.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Glib waste of space.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    creepythinman, I think I speak for the community at large when I say...

    by Ian Masterson

    shut the fuck up and stop typing in all caps like an asshole. you've made your disgusting point, now get the fuck out.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Sad day...

    by Chris Moody

    I can't imagine what his family is going through.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Very sad unexpected news. another gifted filmaker gone. RIP Tony.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I know he often took a hit from some cinephiles for "style over substance", but I really enjoyed most of Tony Scott's films, and I had a lot of respect for the way he could take an average story and make it exciting to watch. I think his work over the past 25 years or so has been distinctive and memorable, and that Tony Scott will be remembered as one of the top tier of directors from this era. 68 years is a nice long life, so I'm not going to think of this as a tragedy, but rather as a guy deciding to finish his time on earth according to his own terms. Of course I wish Tony had been able to keep making films forever, but it was ultimately his life to live, and I'm happy he managed to make any films at all.

  • Now please go to hell.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Very sad

    by Roderich

    I saw The Last Boyscout just 2 weeks ago. Although i didn't always like the glamorous style of him and hated Top gun he was still an A-list director who at least HAD his own style. I hope he found his peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Cancer? Altzeimers. sSme reasons I'd understand.

    by Pixelsmack

    I really hope he was just choosing his own exit, his own ending over something horrible and terminal. I hope it wasn't depression.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by Pogue__Mahone

    First time logging on in months just to say.... FUCK YOU coward. I struggle to make ends meet. I work hard. You had eevrything and you threw it all away to gravity. Can I have your world you fucking shit? i HATE suicde! Selfish and awful. Do you know how many people you;ve hurt?

  • Tony Scott. Sad but his movies will Imortalise him in our minds.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    I was just watching "the Fan" on tv late last night...

    by MP

    which wasnt any good and so unrealistic but it did make me IMDB Tony Scott to remind me he did direct some great one's like "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance". So today on Twitter I follow local news stories and living close to San Pedro CA I heard about a jumper off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Then it gets revealed as a high profile person in the entertainment business which gets my curiosity. Then eventually its revealed as Tony Scott who I just was reading up on last night. So sad

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Shocking and sad.

    by SunTzu77

    Tony Scott had so much talent.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Absolutely terrible news

    by Russell

    True Romance and Crimson Tide are 2 of my all-time favorite movies with Top Gun being on the list too. The Fan, Spy Game, Enemy of the State. The man just knew how to make fun and entertaining films that were intelligent as well. FUCKING MAN ON FIRE! As others have said, he must have been very depressed to do this at age 68 and in the manner that he did. Also out of respect I think that Top Gun 2 should now be cancelled since he was being rumored to helm it. Just let that go. Top Gun stands alone as a great 80s flick that never needs a sequel like Ferris Bueller's Day Off or The Breakfast Club or Weird Science. R.I.P. Sir Tony Scott, you will be greatly missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    don_drapers_acid_trip - Shutup.

    by snomusic

    Try losing a parent to suicide - it's selfish.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Tony

    by A_Banned_Apart

    Thanks for True Romance and Last Boy Scout in particular. Condolences to his loved ones.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:12 a.m. CST

    This is so fucked up..and sad..

    by rapscallion86

    I wonder what was wrong with him?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Very sad, very shocked.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Obviously something that was deeply personal and troubling to Scott which we may never know. Truly a giant in cinema who's impact on film made a positive contribution with some amazing and enjoyable films. A very huge loss.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the movies Tony

    by Tacoloft

    Rest in Peace, may your family be comforted.

  • Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Deja Vu, Pelham 1 2 3, Unstoppable were okay, but not terrible. I have to calm myself from all your comments of of hate on his films as you're all regulars of "Jaded Cool News."

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Genuinely stunned at this, floored in fact.

    by Gabba-UK

    RIP Mr. Scott. Your brother may be a visual and technical genius with a camera but I always thought you were the better storyteller. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by IndyJonze

    was his most poetic and haunting movie. I'd say it was his masterpiece, along with MAN ON FIRE. Damn...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    RIP one of the best directors of the 90s.


    This guy made some classic films. See ya!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    So Sad!!!!!

    by MainMan2001

    I just watched the opening of the last boycott the other day!! Such a great action film. He made so many great films. A talented man. He will be missed. Damn.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Still trying to process this...

    by thechadrocks

    Devastating news to the filmmaking community. He was always one of my absolute favorite action directors. Consider me crushed. My thoughts go out to his family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    RIP T

    by Valenni

    My thoughts are with the famliy.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Damn sad news

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    RIP Tony Scott. Creepy, your meds have run out. Got to stay on them, champ.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    this is not the first time tragedy has hit the scott family

    by emeraldboy

    after shooting alien and before starting production on blade runner tony and ridley scott's brother frank died of cancer. Ridley scott said that he thought about walking away from filmmaking after the death of his brother frank. this is shattering news for ridley scott. nobody saw this coming.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    This is sad.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    And shocking. R.I.P.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott.

    by Richard

    Shocked. Unstoppable was my favourite film of 2010 and regularly re-watched on a Saturday night with beer and popcorn.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    worst news ever

    by dioxholsters_scion

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

    This is just horrible news

    by photoboy

    Tony Scott was without doubt one of the best directors of all time. You can't make movies like Crimson Tide, Top Gun and Enemy of the State and not be supremely talented. I was watching Unstoppable just the other day, and Tony had managed to make a runaway train not only a character but also am exciting threat, which is very hard to do with something on rails! Very, very sad news. RIP Tony. :(

  • RIP mister Scott.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST


    by Bop N Rumble

    Last Boyscout was badass. Too bad it never got a sequel. Thanks for the stuff, Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Mr. Scott. Far too soon.

    by leroyspoboys

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Depression sux....if you have it get help

    by Trav Ash

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Scott redefined the way actions movies are made.

    by Franck

    He literally added nitro to every movie since the eighties. Faster, bolder, shots and cuts that took the speed of the action tenfold. I personally loved the adrenalin induced Domino & Man on fire, haven't seen any director shoot this way, like it or not he created a fast editing style, a way to look at action that makes many others slow in comparison. The man had talent, and this is truly sad, I feel a piece of my youth has gone dark..

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Suicide is one of the better ends.

    by David Cloverfield

    Still sad as fuck.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    The Hunger, Last Boyscout, True Romance

    by entrainer

    RIP Mr. Scott.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Wanting people to LIVE IN PAIN is selfish

    by entrainer

    Seriously, please LIVE IN PAIN so I don't have to think about you in my day to day happenings. I just read he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST


    by dvdhound sad that things like this happen to a person this far in life. Condolences to the family as they deal with this tragedy and the inevitable asshole comments from the online community and news-media.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST

    We'll see how happy you are at problems galore

    by Rupee88

    I am middle aged and already feeling it and does take a lot of joy out of life. At 68, I'm sure your systems are breaking down one by one and just has to be demoralizing. He was probably incredible courageous to end his life when he did without more suffering. And this is 100% conjecture but would make logical sense. I think he directed True Romance which was a really cool movie so got to thank him (and Tarantino) for that one.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by Tony

    love true romance, domino, man on fire, and many more

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Gutted for you, gutted for your wife and your children, gutted for the rest of your family. Go to your rest knowing that, over the course of your life, you made wonderful things and brought joy to millions of people. You had a vision, and the strength to follow it. You chose to end your life on your terms, the ultimate form of self-expression for a man who spent much of his adult life realising radical means of expressing ideas and emotions. Huge respect, huge loss.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by Balkin Flabgurter

    that'll do pig, that'll do. still love domino.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Man on Fire ist my favorite

    by quintana007

    But Denzel and Tony were always great Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, True Romance and and It‘s so sad he defined a bit of the action genre in the 90s. He died much too young. R.I.P. and may they have special cloud for you

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by Rakesh Patel

    Terrible news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by heligo

    RIP Tony Scott. My condolences to your family. Imagine making that decision to jump though? Imagine making that decision then regreting it immediately after? But it's too late. He's gone... Our heads can get pretty messy to drive us to make such decisions.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    So sad, RIP Mr Scott

    by BEHEM Pascal


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Just read this..

    by chuffsterUK

    ...and I'm in total shock. Bless you Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Beverly Hills Cop II opening robbery scene

    by Gorgomel

    blew me away when I saw this at the theater

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    RIP mr Scott.

    by dreckleburg

    Hope you will find what you are looking for.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    his movies were bitchin'


    Unbelievable filmography. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Sir Ridley, please direct Top Gun 2 for your brother

    by wadi77

    Condolences to you and your family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST


    by Ciderman

    You Are A Cunt.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott....

    by Ciderman

    Very sad to hear of anyones passing, especially someone who gave us so much pleasure over the years. But to lose someone like that to suicide is simply tragic. Who knows what films he may have had for us in the future? Selfish of me I know. But our thoughts should be with his family and we should honour the one thing we all have left of him, his legacy in film. So, a boys night in, do a Hot Fuzz and sit in and watch a whole bunch of his movies, and don't forget them amid the sea of action tribute films and wink-wink performances from their stars. No, have a blast at the movies once again, watching films that just didn't do exploitation of it's audience.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST

    RE: "Beverly Hills Cop II opening robbery scene"

    by Stalkeye

    I would have enjoyed it more had not that hack Harold Faltimeyer not ripped off the soundtrack from John Carpenter's Escape from New York. That said, Godspeed Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    The window shade goes down

    by Boris

    RIP Mr. Scott- I have enjoyed most of his work (Last Boy Scout is still one of my favorite movies, imho BHC II was crap).

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    "You tripped and your Dick fell into Her".

    by Stalkeye

    The Last Boy Scout.

  • Find a better way to exercise your vitriolic idiocy without getting in the way of the actual people.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Man on Fire was fantastic,

    by Ciderman

    I could watch that film over and over again. Deja Vu was another brilliant film, for the time travel nut you don't have to hit Primer to see a film that doesn't treat the viewer as an idiot. And, surprisingly, The Taking of Pelham 123 was actually great, despite it being a remake of a stone cold classic.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Poor Ridley. How sad.

    by Sepulchrave

    Tony was a supposed thrill-seeker in real life (thought hat might be studio bullshit to color in the background of a famous action director) and I've heard that thrill-seekers who do crazy exterme sports do it because they are more numb than regular people and have to do mad things to get the same level of stimulation as one of us might from, say, reading a book or playing a little touch-football. I thought his films sucked. Sorry but there it is. Depression is a horrible, horrible thing. Depression in Beverly Hills must be like being in hell.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    "..And everyone Knows that Kirby draws the best Silver Surfer"!!

    by Stalkeye

    Crimson Tide.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST

    And of course....

    by Stalkeye

    Your Family came from a bunch of Niggers

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Damn, what some mind-blowing news to wake up to.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Damn shame, Scott went out like this! I pray his soul its way to heaven somehow. RIP, dude!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    I've just found out, and I'm totally shocked.

    by david starling

    The Last Boy Scout is one of my favourite movies of all time (it was released 6 months before Lethal Weapon 3, and did everything that movie should have, and more), and in truth, I'm shocked because Tony Scott's movies have always been at the forefront of my moviegoing tastes. And what a list of movies!! Man on Fire, The Crimson Tide, Revenge, True Romance - yes, I've picked some gritty classics there, from his long catalogue. Heck, even his more stylish movies were still, at the very best, iconic. I'm going to find my old Boy Scout DVD and put it on tonight.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    He probably hated himself. I go back to that scene in Grand Canyon

    by chien_sale

    I always wonder about guys that do entertaining "trash" like this, how do they feel not making more meaningful films. I wonder what Robert Rodrigez will think about when he'll look at his career 20 years from now.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Horrible news.

    by MaxTheSilent

    I've nothing clever to say.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks AICN for the Bicycle clip. Couldn't help crying

    by Gorgomel

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    I admit not being a fan of the style he used later on

    by The Fuck

    Nonetheless he had a gift and its truly awful he passed away.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott made popcorn movies

    by lock67ca

    But they were among the best popcorn movies on the planet. He wasn't as "high profile" as his brother. No Oscars on his shelf, but his moves were fun and entertaining. Much better than the "style over substance" drivel that Bay or Ratner spew out. To borrow a line from Ridley's great film, "Are you not entertained?" Hell yes, I most certainly was.

  • Crimson Tide is an amazing film. Love The Hunger too.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by Sean

    It was one thing to hear that Tony Scott died, it's another thing to know it was suicide. Though i would list 30 directors before him that i like and am more inspired by, he had talent and did good work. I, like some others here have considered opting out. I know how crippling depression is. It does show that money and fame won't solve every void people have. And though i doubt it, it would be nice to see one positive come out of this and that is greater public recognition and respect given to the depression epidemic. Too much of a stigma obscures this horrible disease from deeply and seriously being dealt with openly because we're all too afraid to be judged, that we appear weak, a burden. Fuck...guys can hardly cry openly without getting ridiculed. And whilst we all speculate on what we perceive the Hollywood culture to be like, i believe that in most cases, it is a very cold business...not one that a depressive person can easily exist in. Maybe, that is the one great drama of Tony Scott's we'll never see. His honest opus, a statement on depression? The left of field choice we never expected after years of action films. Nevertheless, it's completely fucked and many others have to pick up the pieces. Very sad.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    jimbocop, shit. didn't think of that! Heart goes out to Ridley.

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony, but...

    by hst666

    I want to preface thos comment by saying I am in no way seeking to troll or be a dick. Honestly. Tony made some very enjoyable films and it's always a tragedy when someone commits suicide (unless maybe he received a notice of terminal lung cancer or something, in which case I would understand). However, Tony was a competent, but uninspired director. He is not a huge loss to the directing community. I would put him in the same class as Ron Howard - competent. Again, I am not trying to be a dick, I just always agreed with the Voltaire quote "To the living I owe my respect; to the dead I owe only the truth" Still, sorry to see him go.

  • Of course it's an horrific act, and has terrible consequences for those who are leftr behind, but ending one's life is, in my opinion, the ultimate right. Should we always try to convince people otherwise and help them? Yes, of course. But we need to have this right. Watch "'night Mother" and you'll know what I mean. It's on youtube, the whole film.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Very sad news, I'm devastated... Rest in peace Tony

    by kim

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    To the man who gave me my favorite movie

    by CreasyBear

    I can just say thanks.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Crimson Tide ftw

    by Mark Jones

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    I just can't fathom killing yourself at 68

    by smackfu

    unless you're escaping the impending pain of a long, drawn out death. I mean, almost all of life's shittiest moments have already been weathered. If you've had enough, then go live in a cabin in the woods or something. Also, when you're rich, I hear you can buy *a lot of drugs*. If you don't plan on keeping your brain anyway, why not spend your remaining years recreating Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and burn it out in style? It's like when people drop out of college a month before their graduation. Just plain weird.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The Fan

    by Paul Denton

    As awesome as Ridley Scott is, The Last Boy Scout and True Romance are worth more to me than Ridley's ouvre put together. One of my favourite filmmakers, I'm really bummed by this.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Won't even try to understand this one. I'll just say godspeed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    He was going to direct the 24 movie

    by BoyNamedSue

    Assuming the movie ever gets made, regardless.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Tony was a competent, but uninspired director.

    by Paul Denton

    Tell that to Tarantino.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Pretty certain thats Hugh Keays Byrne alright. Check this link out..

    by Baron Von Penguin

    It doesn't specify his role though

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Good morning, Joseph.

    by Paul Denton

    The Last Boy Scout is one of my favourite movies of all time (it was released 6 months before Lethal Weapon 3, and did everything that movie should have, and more)

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I'm a MAN ON FIRE type of man, on fire.

    by Spandau Belly

    That's my favourite of Tony's movies. So long, bro.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST

    here is the man in is own words...

    by emeraldboy

    about his life, movies and his thoughts on films and his british contempories.! rip Tony scott.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I guess he finally saw Prometheus

    by thefreshestthing

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Awful news.

    by mastermold

    My condolences to his family and loved ones. RIP Tony.

  • Way to keep it classy, douchebag.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Peace and condolences. Also RIP, William Windom.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST

    What a shame and tragedy...

    by macakpacak

    One of the great directors of the 80-es is gone... my thoughts to his family and my beloved Denzel, who lost one of his best friends and colleagues... RIP Tony, Your movies will live with us forever.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Best scene from Last Boyscott

    by jack got a light? RIP Tony :(

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I still maintain that MAN ON FIRE and TRUE ROMANCE are great films

    by FluffyUnbound

    So I don't think we're just talking about a popcorn director.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Chicken shit way out

    by Dazzler69

    Not sure the circumstances but there is always a better way. What he did not watch his own movies? Also going to Hell for punching your own ticket also (belief).

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    He made a splash in the entertainment industry as well.

    by tonagan

    It's been a few hours. Too soon?

  • In other news dazzler69 is DEFINATELY going to hell. I just spoke to Satan and he confirmed this.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I feel for his family and anyone who loses a member to suicide

    by nephilim138

    Even having huge success doesn't equate to being happy or content. Jumping off a bridge is hardcore since you have time to think about everything on the way down.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Maybe re-watching DOMINO "pushed him over the edge"

    by brodiebruce_405


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Srsly though, forgot he was prepping POTSDAMER PLATZ

    by brodiebruce_405

    Would have been cool to see a BUDDY G property get the big budget treatment.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Sad news... WOW

    by ZoeFan

    RIP... Mr. Scott was one of my favorite filmmakers - I mean how many other people can you find that genuinly LOVE Domino - I DO - His films, while not always the most serious in manner were ALWAYS fun to watch. A sad day for many

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Memory of Tony

    by Kentucky Colonel

    The second time I ever got laid Top Gun was playing on the VHS. Ahhh...1987! Thanks for the memories!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    truly sad

    by Pipple

    I was looking forward to more of his work. I can't imagine killing myself, especially if I was a wealthy white man. Whatever drove him to do it must have been something major...

  • Really?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Btw, True Romance was his best, and it also sucked.

    by NeonFrisbee

    May I suggest watching Badlands instead?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Truly stunned

    by LitCrit621

    I just rewatched "True Romance" last Wednesday, and was shocked with how brilliantly it was conceived and shot. A real blow to the film community has been dealt. You will be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Oh hey look there's no comments about neonfrisbee's death.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott ...

    by Doctor Bumhole

    He was definitely a popcorn director, but certainly a very good one. I always enjoyed his films, even his weaker ones. Style-wise he was influential-- watch that Ryan Reynolds movie Safe House and try not to think of Tony Scott's kinetic camera work and editing. Last Boyscout has always been a favorite of mine; great chemistry between Willis and Wayans, great pacing with excellent, gritty action. True Romance is probably his best, and definitely more than just a slick studio film. He was a director who was comfortable with commercial studio stuff, but give him an intelligent script and could knock it out of the park. Sad news.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I was a teenager when I saw Top Gun and it was fucking amazing

    by Richard L. Rhodes

    Rest in Peace Mr. Scott. Thanks for all the great hours of entertainment.... My condolences to friends and family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Jesus on a stick

    by Anthony Torchia

    I'm a Tony too Wow, sad, shocked RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    He just divorced

    by umbral_shadow_

    and if it's true he had brain cancer, maybe it just tipped him over the edge. Hell, I'm only 32 and if I was told I had brain cancer I'd probably kill myself (the treatments are brutal). Fuck the trolls here who are shitting on him for committing suicide. He has two children so obviously this wasn:t an easy decision for him to make.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Shocking news

    by Ray Tchoulakian

    I didn't like many of Scott's films since Crimson Tide, but he still made some truly superior films up to that point. I had no idea he had been battling any serious demons in his life, but I hope he's able to rest now. Godspeed, Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    thefreshestthing, not only another frakking loser

    by Ciderman

    But an unoriginal one at that, when your fellow douche Queefer posted the same thing. Why don't you two get a room and go fuck yourselves. Cunts. At least most of the posters here have a heart, nice to see AICN posters are a human bunch after all.... even if they didn't like John Carter!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Micheal Bay better pay loving tribute to this man

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Since Bay ripped Scott's style off his entire career.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    True Romance is his best film

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And yeah a lot of that goes to Tarantino's script, but Tarantino had nothing to do with the casting and it was Scott who stayed preaty close to the script.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    My guess?

    by knowthyself

    Maybe he got diagnosed with something terminal. I don't think he was unhappy. I think he probably thought he lived enough life.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    I loved Domino.

    by knowthyself

    But his frenetic style in his later years gave me headaches. RIP Tony. :(

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    I didn't expect that.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Always Hoped For A Tony Scott Re-Make or Sequel for THE HUNGER

    by Graphix67

    Until the truth comes out (mental, emotional or physical illness???) it's difficult to assume what exactly was the cause of his actions. My favorite Tony Scott movie remains 'The Hunger' with the one and only iconic Catherine Deneuve as the immortal vampire Miriam Blaylock. A visual stunner for sure... Hope he finds the peace in death that he couldn't find in life.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by The Cheese Grommitt

    one to the core. Where's my "Dislike button" Rest in peace Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    TRUE movie EVER made!!

    by piltorp75

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Spy Game

    by The Chosen

    I'm not used to being surprised by a movie. I usually know what i'm gonna think of it before entering the theater. And i remember that the most surprising movie of my life was Spy Game. I didn't want to go and see it, and my brother convinced me of it. And what i found was a sleek, cool, fast paced "stye-over-substance" tale with enaugh substance and rythm and acting that swept me away. I love that movie. Tony Scott will be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace

    by Soulpower

    and have a good journey, Mr Scott

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit! I didn't see this coming!

    by Kyle DeMattio

    RIP Tony Scott!

  • My Five favorite Tony Scott films

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    ultratron i googled the news and only one site

    by jack

    said that he had brain cancer. so i dont know, maybe this thing is just a rumor?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    The worst kind of news

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Tribute will be paid tonight via True Romance.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Man on Fire

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    In my opinion his best film, with True Romance a close close second. Crimson Tide was good stuff too. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Re: Tony Scott

    by ArmageddonProductions

    During the Eighties and up until after CRIMSON TIDE, you could always tell it was a Tony Scoot film by the unique way he shot from a long distance and zoomed in for closeups, which always gave his films a distinctive cinematic look, even and especially when you watched them pan-and-scan (try it!). I'll never know why he gave up his distinctive style to try and keep up with the kids in recent years, but after as many hits as he was responsible for, I was willing to overlook such meanderings, and even those sometimes yielded great results, like MAN ON FIRE. Great, great filmmaker.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    The most tragic thing about this --

    by kobayashi_maru

    -- is that someone in this thread said UNSTOPPABLE was his favorite movie of 2010...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I interned for Ridley Scott. But I saw Tony frequently.

    by D.Vader

    He was a happy guy. Jovial, and quite excitable. Ridley was much quieter, more serious. But Tony could be loud and boisterous and fun to be around. I remember him chasing Ridley's female assistant around the office one day with a cucumber. He was a nice guy, and funny too. I was very sad to hear the news this morning. =(

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I'm dead?

    by NeonFrisbee

    And yet I still post! This must mean there is life after death. Awesome!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Shit. RIP Mr. Scott.

    by KillDozer

    Loved your movies. Was just about to show Top Gun to my son. RIP

  • Look, I'm flattered that you're so obsessed with me, but I just don't swing that way. Wait, don't cry, I know it's difficult, but you'll find a man who loves you someday. It will happen. Just... believe in yourself as you stare longingly at the Top Gun volleyball sequence and know that one day, one magical day, some other Top Gun will have your ass in any way you want him too. I know it's cliche, but like they say on tv "it gets better." Good luck, young bottom boy, good luck...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace

    by CBU2029

    You where one of my heroes. Thank you for Top Gun and all the other great films. Strenght and love for his family. It's so sad :(

  • And the rest sucked. Btw, how many of you who profess to love True Romance have seen Badlands? Just curious.

  • Domino is a strong contender for worst of the decade, def in the top 100 of Worst Movies Of All Time.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Those of you cracking wise and making jokes...

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    On the one hand I envy you. People who have experienced the horror and tragedy of suicide (or near-suicide) don't make jokes about it. Clearly you must be blessed without suicide in your lives. (And I hope that continues.) But on the other hand I pity you for your lack of compassion. Living a life without compassion seems a dark and dismal existence to me.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Used to think I was the only person who loved LAST BOY SCOUT

    by trevanian

    Amazed at how much support for it. That and TRUE ROMANCE and CRIMSON TIDE are the ones that really worked for me, and they work in spite of the horrid smoked-up look he used, which basically ruins movies for me in a slightly less agonizing way than Abrams' sillyass lensflares. My wife thought terminal illness, I thought, maybe the cops are coming for him (you can tell which of us is the movie person based on the difference.)

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    A terrible tragedy for all of us

    by CherryValance

    I hate whatever it was that pushed him to do this. No one just decides to kill themselves because they selfishly want to make their family suffer. Everyone upthread thinking shit like that needs to realize that the world does not revolve around them. A person's life is their own. It doesn't belong to you no matter how close to them you think you are. If someone's death causes you guilt then maybe just maybe you have cause to be guilty. If you know you were good to someone and they choose to end their life, if you respect them and their decisions, you'd never see that person as selfish in their death. You'd support them to the last. RIP Tony Scott. You gave us much to be grateful for. Thank you.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    It would be bad enough if he'd died naturally...but this, wow.

    by Gary Makin

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST



  • Maybe you two should hook up and get to know each other better? Whilst you're feeding each other Doritos in the Eternal Mother's Basement of the Soul, weeping bitter tears over my alleged death-rebirth-death, you can hold each other and make-out. I promise you that although my loss hurts now, it won't hurt forever. In the meantime, you have each other to hold as the healing process continues.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    The guy was so rich...what a moron

    by Timelord-2112

    If this guy or a family member of his had a debilitating disease, he's off the hook. Otherwise, he's an idiot. I love Top Gun...I love just about all his movies but jeeeesus what kind of problems could he possibly have.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by Gary Makin

  • The guilt from being rewarded for sucking so hard must have been soul-crushing. SO GLAD he shifted his "pain" onto his family and friends! WHAT A FUCKING HERO!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Come on man, let's just leave it alone.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    The Hunger - I've watched it more than 30 times. Closely.

    by ufoclub1977

    Tony Scott was a huge influence on us wannebe filmmakers even back in high school in the mid 80's as just a go-to reference for style. He was a huge creative force, and these days even on TV! The Good Wife, Numb3rs... So many movies under his belt.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Actually, I had forgoten that he did The Hunger

    by hst666

    That and True Romance are his two high points. (Although I wish Tony had edited the film the way Tarantino intended and not placed all the events in chronological order)

  • Perhaps you three could get together for a group hug / circle jerk? That way you could explore your obsession with me and other men with like minded individuals in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Top Gun suuuuuuucked

    by hst666

    Can we please stop holdoing that up as a high point. If you want to point to it as his most successful film, finr, but that movie was a shitty piece of military propaganda from the 80's (Not quite as shitty as the execrable Red Dawn, but pretty bad)

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Imagine my surprise when in 1984 I realized that

    by ufoclub1977

    Ridely Scott who directed ALIEN and Tony Scott who directed The Hunger were brothers... and both those movies were so high on my most watched list back then (on the ole Betamax). it was a head smacking moment. For many years I was under the false assumption they were twins.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    What a dumbass

    by Jazzy Jerk

    Suicides make me angry, especially when it's someone who has been very successful in their chosen career. You've done very well in what you love to do, and that STILL isn't enough for you? Fuck off.

  • He made some good films, and not so good films. RIP.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Maybe he just suffered vertigo from...

    by malificus

    ...all the extraneous camera spinning he did in Unstoppable. Just watched that POS this weekend what a crapass film that was. Way to overuse a visual device, how do you make two guys riding in a train seem visually dynamic? You pan every single shot and pop in and back out so many times the audience pukes in their popcorn. Sad news when anyone decides to check out for sure, condolences.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    RIP. What a sad day.

    by Ross

    Good tribute

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    jazzyjerk; why can't people like you ever get it?

    by malificus

    You always say "They were rich and had everything and still weren't grateful so F off coward!" never understanding that the entire world at your feet still means nothing when you wake up every morning feeling so shitty you'd rather die than face another day. These people have problems they simply cannot get a handle on, thank god you don't and move on because taking that sort of attitude makes you look ignorant.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Surprised at how many of you think money buys happiness

    by D.Vader

    Surprised so many of you are so small-minded.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    very sad news, thanks for the great films

    by Whereisthetimer

    was shocked and saddened when i heard this morning. going to watch last boy scout tonight.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Don Simpson syndrome

    by Royston Lodge


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Jazzy Jerk

    So what if he had problems? Do what the rest of us do: Pull your head out of your ass and deal with it. Suicide is the coward's way out.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    RIP, Sir. And thank you.

    by SminkyPinky

    None of us know why he chose to take his own life. And quite a few people here need to learn some goddamned respect for the dead and their families instead of throwing pointless insults around that only serve to gratify your own misplaced sense of ego. Contrary to what a certain element of US culture teaches you, money isn't everything. Success in your chosen career isn't everything. Nobody here knew the man, his family or whatever he might have been going through, be it depression or a bad prognosis. Your life is your own. If you want respect from others at to how you live it (whether it's in your parents' basement or not) then learn to see it goes both way. Show some respect you imbeciles. I liked a fair few of his films, Crimson Tide and The Last Boy Scout in particular. And his influence during the 1980's cannot be underestimated, even up to today. RIP, Mr Scott. And thank you.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    d.vader.. of course money buys happiness money is everything

    by Timelord-2112

    No one can ever tell me that millions of dollars doesnt solve every single problem minus fatal disease. Money is the source of 99% of anyone's problems guaranteed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Brilliant filmaker. Kinetic visionary.

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    True Romance is the best date movie of all time. Man on Fire made the ugliness of vengeance and vendetta visually stunning. A sad day for film.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    just will say a sad day.

    by mcgillj

    An action director with flair and style.. but always took time to let his characters breathe. I was not the biggest Top Gun / Days of Thunder fan.. but damn were those movies cool in the day. The first film I saw of Tarantino's words? True Romance.. dizzying action, great acting.. Romeo and Juliet as drug dealers? Lol.. Then came the Denzel era.. giving us some fantastic work.stand outs were Crimson Tide and Man on Fire.. maybe not quite as great but I also enjoyed unstoppable. His collaboration with Shane Black? Willis' second best action character. I've always wanted more adventures of Joe Hallenbeck. Then .. at the time I thought it was crazy.. but the guy who amped up Beverly Hills Cop. Maybe he wasn't as confident in the comedy as Brest was. I really don't know but he jumped in and made the world his own.. while making it different and not just redoing the first. And last but not least.. to their production company Scott Free I want to thank them for the quirkfest that was David Dobkins Clay Pigeons. Never have I seen Vaughn or Phoenix so game.. for such a truly strange and fun ride. For all of these things and many more Tony.. I can only humbly say thank you.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Hadn't thougt about Revenge in YEARS...

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    and if I knew it was a Tony Scott flick, I had totally forgotten it. Will definitely have to revisit that one.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    As my username suggests I'm a big fan RIP sir!

    by manonfire

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Thank you timelord-2112

    by John Brown

    for aptly summarizing the ridiculous thoughts that pervade this Talkback. Money does NOT solve every problem minus fatal disease, in many cases it CAUSES more problems than it solves. All you idiots saying "What the fuck? He was rich...why would he do this?"--I have one piece of advice for you: grow up. You display a staggering grasp of the immature, the mindset that is appropriate for a kid or a teenager but should be rightly jettisoned by adulthood. Money is not a cure-all, it is often a curse. I would say that many of the most unhappy people I know are pretty well-off, and the bottom line is that money cannot do a thing for your heart, your spirit, or your soul. And when your soul is sick, and you also realize that all your wealth does nothing for it, suicide sometimes seems a viable option. I know--I've seen it. I've been standing in the room trying to comprehend it with the family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    hst666, RED DAWN at least had a mildly interesting antagnoist

    by trevanian

    in the form of the Cuban guy fronting the Russian attack. TOP GUN squanders all of its casting coups (Ironside, Skerritt, Bald Back-To-FuturePrincipal, even Kilmer) on a script that shouldn't have qualified for a TV movie ... Apparently Ironside and Skerrit were split off from a single character in the script, but I guess that would have been too interesting a focus, and one that would take away from the guy with the teeth ... in fact, a TV-movie done on this in the 70s would doubtless have been better, because they wouldn't have been able to spend a half-hour with the lead moping around -- not with a 72min runtime.) I remember reading that Modine turned down TG on political/ethical grounds ... made my opinion of him go way up. Top Gun's cockpit stuff doesn't even look remotely credible and never did - it is like they have polaroid sunglasses on the cockpits, they are so dim. Odd to say it, but IRON EAGLE is a lot more fun to watch -- at least it knows it is a goofball movie and maxes out on the emotional end, plus it has better miniature pyro (or at least a lot more of it.)

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Thanks Tony Scott

    by HughHoyland

    My thoughts go out to your family and loved ones. And thanks for entertaining not only myself, but many other people all over the world through the years. Very well done! :]

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    he probably just got around to seeing prometheus

    by JAMF

    oy vey.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    rip Scott Mckenzie

    by emeraldboy

    who died this weekend in california. if your going to san francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.....

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Was looking forward to Nemisis

    by masteryoda007

    Damn shame. True Romance is one of the best movies of the 90's.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    rip Scott Mckenzie

    by emeraldboy

    If you're going to San Francisco Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you're going to San Francisco You're gonna meet some gentle people there For those who come to San Francisco Summertime will be a love-in there. In the streets of San Francisco Gentle people with flowers in their hair. All across the nation such a strange vibration. People in motion. There's a whole generation with a new explanation. People in motion. People in motion. For those who come to San Francisco Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you come to San Francisco Summertime will be a love-in there. If you come to San Francisco Summertime will be a love-in there.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    To the people who don't get why suicide would be a choice:

    by ufoclub1977

    Read this by comedian Rob Delaney: You don't quite get what a mental condition can do. It reshapes reality legitimately to you.

  • Come on, They actually are everything wrong with internet forum culture, where you get to post anything you like, however loathsome, with no consequences. As a moderator on a forum I have the power to ban people from ever posting there again, or anywhere else on if they were to talk the way some are doing here. It's reprehensible and saddening. I really hope, for their sake, that they never feel as hopeless and alone as Mr Scott must have felt, to feel that oblivion was preferable to living. It's a brave and foolish step to take, but it was his decision. As I have already said, I hope his family can find some solace in the fact that so many were entertained by his movies. Thank you Mr Scott, RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I hope Ridley will retire now.

    by kabong

    I hope most movie bosses retire ASAP. <p> Get out of the way!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    the money issue ...

    by trevanian

    Isn't that it buys happiness, but it does let you WALK AWAY -- or affords you that option, at the very least -- when things are well & truly fucked. When you're on the economic treadmill and losing ground, it isn't just a psychological issue of fear at seeing your life slipping away and not taking care of your loved ones properly (though those are bad enough), it is physical in terms of its toll. Money lets you say fuckyou to some things that otherwise just keep clocking you over the head or in the balls, so it does help in those instances.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott

    by SlickyVonBoner

    The Last Boy Scout was one of my favorite movies as a kid and still is.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    mennen - many thanks, appreciated, my friend :)

    by wcolbert

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    assisted suicide in switzerland with your loved ones or

    by JAMF

    jump off a bridge, leaving a scrawled post-it note in the car. yep.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    covjack-- I think you have too much money...

    by Timelord-2112

    People might be diluted into thinking that family or some other thing is the most important thing in life. Yeah you try to love that family of yours in a cardboard box. Money = comfort. Money = a longer and healther life (not counting that fatal disease out I gave earlier). Money is everything in this it immature or whatever you want if you feel badly for all the money you have. It's ok, Money also seems to = guilt in 2012 so it's understandable. Its still a fact that 99%+ of life's problems can be solved with money. Im sorry it's just a fact.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Joel

    I'm so dumbfounded I can hardly think at the moment. Tony Scott is one of the few directors who knew how to harness Harry Gregson-Williams talents for what they were in my opinion. Spygames taught me that it was possible to make a spy flick grounded in dirty politics and heavy dialogue truly suspenseful and satisfying. Same with Enemy of the State. Crimson Tide, an instant classic for the ages. Deja Vu, loved his take on time travel. Unstoppable, a common runaway train story which was still enthralling. Days of Thunder, the only racing movie I’ve ever loved. And Top freakin Gun! And to imagine, those are just a few of the major accomplishments this man has crafted in his life. My God, I can't imagine how many more he had left in him. I even heard he was considering remaking The Warriors which would have been phenomenal. Mr. Scott, if you ever felt you were overshadowed under the wing of your brother, as some have suggested, that was never the case in my book. Never by a long shot. Sincerely, this is a sad day. My heart goes out to his family. You will be GREATLY missed Mr. Scott.

  • The Last Boy Scout, brilliant!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    No excuse unless...

    by IamZardoz

    the guy had painful terminal cancer (like Farnsworth). Suicide is like taking one last big steaming dump on all of your family including your children. What a bummer and condolences to his family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Can't imagine what Ridley is going through right now

    by seasider

    The Scott brothers were arguably the most dynamic sibling team in Hollywood. Ridley has not only lost a great business partner but his brother. My thoughts are with their family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by Ryan Dawson

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    RIP Sir.

    by Kefrif

    Rest in Peace Mr. Scott. Although it seems your demons beat you, know that your work will live on in wherever films are seen. True Romance is a classic. Top Gun is a classic (although of a different stripe). Those two films alone should be your epitaph. You entertained a room, a nation, a planet - and you have my respect. Again I say - Rest in Peace, sir.

  • Pursue whatever passion you want. Even if you don't want money and feel guilty in having it, there is pleasure in giving it away as charity.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Must be hard to be Ridley's brother.

    by Ryan Dawson

    No matter how many hugely successful blockbuster movies you produce, you're still known as Ridley's brother. Don't know if this factored into his suicide, but it probably didn't help. Also, older white males are more likely to commit suicide than any other demographic. Getting old ain't for pussies.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Inoperable brain cancer?

    by IamZardoz

    According to TMZ; still no real excuse, the guy has young children.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I found out early this morning...

    by Jon Forbing

    Staying up way too late on a work night, talking to my friend on an instant message program, opened my browser homepage to see "'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge". I thought to myself "Wait, 'Top Gun'? Wasn't that..?" and clicked on the story to find out it was him. I was shocked. My friend didn't recognize the name (too bad), but I was just floored. Maybe less recognizable a name than his brother's but still a talented guy, and a great loss. I hope wherever he is, he's found peace from whatever demons he had. P.S. Guys, I know a lot of people have strong opinions (either way) about suicide. This is NOT the place to air them. Condemn or forgive him all you want in your own mind, this is a place to mourn the man and remember his films.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    We don't know a thing. And he watched his own brother die of cancer in 1980. I'd imagine that if it was brain cancer, that he would also want to spare his family the sight of his deterioration - both physical and mental- and excruciating pain.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The movie director for whom the phrase "High Octane" was coined.

    by SminkyPinky

    I could be wrong but highly doubt it.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    wcolbert - Anytime, dude. You're awesome.

    by Mennen

  • Reading some of these comments is depressing. I'm off to watch some of the man's movies. Have fun debating nothing.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Brain Cancer

    by Geronimo Jackson

    This may have been more selfless an act that people realize. Brain cancer is a horrible, slow death that I have witnessed first hand in my friend's dad. My friend and his brothers have never been the same, it's such a devastating way to go. They aged from 20 to 50 in the course of a year. Perhaps he knew what was in store, and decided to save his family from this prolonged suffering.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott....

    by shartron

    Ceiling fans slowly turning, wet streets, multi-colored hues on the horizon, glossy films and Jerry Bruckheimer. This is what Tony Scott is to me. An entertaining director. He made fun movies. R.I.P.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    yomrwhite - Indeed, you have a point

    by wcolbert

    That's something that's never come easily to me - I've got my group of close friends, who are wonderful people, and I consider myself lucky to have them - I wasn't anything remotely close to socially savvy at any point in my life - our entire family is full of smart people - PhD's, mostly, who are also on the higher functioning asperger's spectrum (something we realized long before it became part of the public vernacular - that we stuck out like sore thumbs)....but having long ago come to the conclusion that I was never going to be the guy surrounded by people, I saw more value in just a handful of people who could see you for who you are. It's difficult for any of us to feel fulfilled, I think, when we feel something fundamental is lacking in our lives - be that success in our career endeavors or our romantic lives - I think it's the human condition to feel that insatiable need for self-affirmation via the affection of one other human being. It's just more distressing to those of us who had nightmarish youths (I for one was not allowed to have friends through much of childhood, was horribly beaten from the age of two, and punished if I cried about it by being forced to drink blends of disgusting foods...which if I vomited, I'd have to drink the vomit, to say the least of it) - small wonder I grew up a little messed up! That said, it was my first girlfriend who brought the first experience that I could call happiness into my life - I honestly didn't know what that felt like until I was nearly 18. So, it's been difficult when I've been alone, and far happier times when you're with somone. But you are correct, in that one needs to be able to find happiness with or without someone special in their lives. It's just a more arduous quest for those of us who grew up with nobody and nothing (and I'm by no means an unusual tale, is the sad thing - this seems to be occurring more and more frequently with each subsequent generation). As far as Mr. Scott goes, my experience with such thoughts does make me wonder what it was that drove him over the edge. To feel like there's no other way...that the only answer is death...for that to happen, something has to be *seriously* wrong in your life. Sadly, more oft than not, these things aren't picked up on by others until it's too late. Therapy and suicide prevention only goes so far - I think what is far more valuable is that people let others know they are loved and cared about - that for me had a far bigger impact than any psychologist ever could have had, at any rate. :-/ Sorry that was such a long post, I tend to just let it flow and write more than I intended to once I start.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Brain cancer

    by Ray Tchoulakian

    Wow...can't really hold it against him for wanting to end things on his terms versus suffering through inoperable brain cancer. Sure wouldn't want to be the doctor who had to break that news to him. Very tragic ending to his career. Once again, will someone please f***ing cure cancer already????

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    First read about it in Reddit...

    by DookieMercury

    Unbelievable. I think out of a lot of directors, his movies were the ones I end up seeing the most not even knowing who he was. The man leaves behind probably one of the most enviable filmographies ever. Leading a new wave of action movies creating style that probably wont ever be duplicated, even when Bay tries he never succeeds. It's heartbreaking. For his family, I can only give my condolences. Also I pray that whatever was ailing him he has found peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    It's a shame, I feel bad for his family but it's NOT a tragedy

    by doom master

    The guy was famous, he made billions with his films, equally he entertained billions over the past 30 years... I feel for his family and the loss but this is not a tragedy. He had resources and family and he chose to check out anyway. If he had inoperable brain cancer that is terrible, but I've seen less fortunate, less popular, and even less financially secure people die from that disease and did not resort to committing suicide... I'm not apologizing for my opinion, either. People need to stop throwing around the word "tragedy" so much. It dulls its meaning.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    with all due respect

    by malificus

    i'm taken aback by all the hyperbole surrounding Scott's list of mediocre to outright bad movies. he was a craftsman to be sure but god what's with all the Topgun worship? That movie may have been the shit back in the day but it is completely unwatchable now. Most of these films people are throwing around here as evidence of Scott's genius are piss poor.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Malifucus please list the movies you made.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Also neonfrisbie,you think you are funny but you aren't.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Sure Tony Scott may have had a few clunkers along the way, but so does anyone who has a career that spans decades. And one thing that he did better than almost anyone was his ability to make 'entertainments' that were actually both memorable and exciting to watch, and he usually peppered them with quality actors and interesting performances. Truly, most 'blockbuster' directors of the current era could certainly learn a thing or two by studying some of Tony Scott's premier back catalogue. People often said that he lived in the shadow of his brother Ridley, and while from a critical standpoint that may have some truth, from a filmic one I never personally thought that at all. In fact I admired the fact that Tony Scott was his own man, his own kind of director, had his own style, and made his own kind of films. He didn't hang off the coat tail of his successful brother, never tried to mimick him, instead he fully earnt and justified his own career and crafted his own influential style and vision. I don't pretend to know his reasons for doing what he did (early word says inoperable brain tumor), and I'm not here to judge or speculate, I just hope that he knows how many favourite films he contributed to a whole lot of people all around the world, that he knew that his friends and family cared about him. And I offer my sincerest condolences to his brother Ridley and all of his family and friends who are dealing with this loss right now. Personally, I'll just be thankful for The Last Boy Scout, The Hunger, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Revenge (even if I do vastly prefer the original theatrical cut), Crimson Tide, Spy Game, True Romance, and Man on Fire, all films that I'm very happy to own and watch repeatedly. Hell, even the likes of Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State, Deja Vu, and Unstoppable were more than fair entertainments, if little more than that. Mind you I'm one of the few that actually quite liked Domino too, so...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    This is terrible news, to be sure, but...

    by Racer Z

    Where was AICN when Joe Kubert passed? I barely saw a peep out of you guys about that, and even then it was like 3 days after everyone else on the web had reported it. I was shocked that Harry didn't have a major article about the passing of a legend. At any rate, RIP Mr. Kubert and Mr. Scott. You will both be greatly missed.

  • Money, however, does buy you a whole hell of a lot more options, and a far easier and more comfortable life. This may well make whatever miseries one has to bear a touch easier to live with and see through. Or it may make one so soft that when they are confronted with life's harsher realities they crack like an egg. Life isn't black and white. And I've certainly seen both. Being rich isn't the cure all shield that people who aren't rich think it is and dream about. As so many people who become wealthy soon discover. Money doesn't prevent depression, tragedy, or suicide, it just gives you access to a more expensive gun when the day turns darkest.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by krull rules

    RIP Tony Scott

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    TOP GUN!!!

    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

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    by Jared Parker

    i remember going to see THE LAST BOY SCOUT CRIMSON TIDE and ENEMY OF THE STATE in theatres. some of the greatest times of my youth

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Just unbelievable . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . heard this morning on the radio sitting in a traffic jam. I spit out my shock & disbelief and sat for an hour (BAD traffic jam) and thought about all the movies of his I've enjoyed. Some never even came to mind til I hit this talk-back. Just unbelievable . . .

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Mental problems can be a bitch . . .

    by Nico Toscani

    If you have family you should do your best to not let the problems get to you. Still, I understand when the weight of your own mind seems overwhelming. Sad news indeed. You will be missed Mr. Scott.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Nurman Vistosky

    Go fuck yourself, you dime-store moralist piece of shit.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    "Want to hear me scream? Play some Rap Music".

    by Stalkeye

    LMMFAO The last Boy Scout had it's flaws, (Mostly due to Wayans' silly dialogue.) but it was entertaining and would have easily been another sequel to the Die Hard franchise as Willis' basically channeled John McClaine into this character.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    My thunderous introduction to Tony Scott was The last boy scout...

    by jellypop

    and that was that. Domino & Top Gun aside I loved his films and couldn't get enough. Man of fire was absolute brilliance. I feel deeply sorry that he felt he had to end his time here with suicide, my deepest feelings go out to his family. Thinking that I'll never hear another Jerry Goldsmith score or now never see another T.S. movie makes me grateful that I once did.

  • Very few directors have as consistently blown me away ("Top Gun", "Beverly Hills Cop 2", "True Romance", "Man - holy shit there's dynamite in my ass - on Fire")

  • Maybe a special award where Ridley accepts on his behalf and gives a little speech.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    True Romance is still one of my favorite films

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I admit to not caring much for most of his work, but True Romance was great. Scott and Tarantino created a great homage to Badlands, and made it more enjoyable than Malick's film. His passing is sad, but when faced with inoperable brain cancer, I can see somebody wanting to take charge of the way they die. It's too bad he didn't try some alternative treatments first (or did he?), but despair makes us do desperate and drastic things sometimes.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Read he had brain cancer

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Stegman84

    Wow, your sole contribution on an obit thread is not to mourn an artist's passing, or to state appreciation for his films, or give a thought out to his family and friends at this difficult time, or even to give a view on the whole 'money = happiness' debate that was started above by people other than me. No, instead, the only thing that you decided you simply had to contribute to this entire obit thread is hurling childish abuse my way, and without even offering any sort of opinion of your own or any context to even back your petty slam up, showing yourself to be nothing but an absolute gutter troll. Stay classy, lowlife.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by John Brown

    The question isn't how many problems money can fix. Sure, it can fix a lot of them. But it cannot fix the biggest problems we face as humans--the questions of meaning, purpose, love, and significance. Money can provide temporary numbing agents for the voids those questions create in our lives, but in the end your situation is made even worse by the realization that your millions have done nothing to address them.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    You "his films weren't that good" dumbshits need to have your head examined

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Crimson Tide and True Romance – that’s all that needs to be said. But, if I wanted to say more, I’d say that despite his later career experimentation with quick-cuts and blending different visuals in a rapid pace (that nearly renders Domino unwatchable) most of the rest of his career was remarkably solid. And, while not every film was a slam dunk, they all looked good and were competently made, which puts them ahead of a lot of crap being churned out today (you dipshits can go back to watching Transformers).

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Careful, covjack...

    by Stegman84

    A post as even tempered and sensible as that will likely get you gutter trolled by the likes of the abuse spewing fabdex and his ilk. Agree 100% with everything you wrote. There's simply no magic bullet cure for the human condition and the maze that we call life.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    weird, they just showed The Fan yesterday in TV...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    probably one of his worst films. However glad to see some love for the Last Boy Scout. Also not great but still highly entertaining I think...

  • Can't have a thread to pay respect to someone as important as Tony scott with out trolls bashing his movies or bullying people that commit suicide or whatever else. Fuck this shit, this stuff shouldn't be allowed here. It's fucking disrespectful and and disgusting.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    All day long I've been thinking about this.

    by Justafan_uk

    Every since seeing this first thing this morning when I got up and did my daily browse. Threw me for a loop like it has for so many. I wasn't a fan of Man on Fire, the editing was just too much for me and for no good reason. But man, True Romance? The Last Boy Scout? Crimson Tide? Even Top Gun. The man knew how to shoot the shit out of a scene. As a teen Revenge broke my heart every single time I watched it. The Last Boy Scout is probably the greatest modern day buddy movie ever - better than any of the Lethal Weapon's in my opinion, much as I dig them. And True Romance, well that's just fucking awesome. I remember seeing it at the cinema with my mates and we dug the hell out of it. A shame. A real fucking shame. And a shame how many tasteless cunts come out at times like these to post 'funny' shit. Fuck you all. Top Gun soundtrack has been playing as I read through this talkback. Revenge is cued up and True Romance will follow. Wish to hell I had Last Boy Scout on dvd. Sad times. Sad fucking times.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The human condition we call life

    by Timelord-2112

    I should have realized Im posting on a site full of philosophers... Unfortunately guys we'll never know the answers to 99% of those type of questions. All we as humans can do is somehow try to make our time on this miserable rock entertaining and comfortable, and that's money. Pure and simple...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Wow, very sad, but I'm wondering about...

    by GeorgieBoy

    ...his life insurance? Does it cover suicide? Did he just screw his family out of millions of dollars? Well, I guess if you've already got it saved up they'd be okay.<br><br>On a side note, I can't stop humming the Top Gun theme. Condolences to his family

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Absolutley dreadful news...

    by Darkness

    A filmmaker with his own signature style: That frenetic editing, which was the Scott trademark. Condolences to the Scott family. Cancer strikes again! To end it all by jumping off a bridge makes it even more tragic. REVENGE: An underrated movie from, Tony. THE LAST BOY SCOUT and TRUE ROMANCE: The pinnacle of his career.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    spy game

    by duke of url

    i know a lot of people dismiss it, but i always thought spy game was excellent... loved the whole flashback structure of it! thanks for everything you did mr. scott directors today owe a lot to you!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. to a criminally underrated director

    by Kevin D

    You will be missed Tony! Too sad......

  • The man left his mark on this world. Piss on anyone who has the nerve to speak ill of him.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by Jazzy Jerk

    You think some of the comments here are "disrespectful and disgusting"? I find it very disrespectful and disgusting that anyone commits suicide. It's the most selfish thing imaginable to do to your family, especially when you do it in such a public way. Regardless of his personal circumstances, Scott deserves criticism for thinking of himself over his family. Shame on him.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by FadedLineVigil

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    harry knowles

    by emeraldboy

    has never contributed anything to the film world and this site is just vile. there are less and less reasons to come here.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by 1919

    The New york Times reported he had been suffering from Brain Cancer.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Yes what did I say...was most likely health related

    by Rupee88

    and now the terminal brain cancer news. Some of you just have a way of missing the obvious.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Now I've had a day to think about this, his suicide was classic Tony Scott

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Huge spectacle. I dont think he was depressed. He didn't pause once, just did it. I bet we find outhe had put his will and affairs in order. He had decided not to wither away with the cancer, but to take his own life in his own terms (surely the ultimate human right). And in classic Tony Scott fashion, balls to the wall, high octane high dive. With a huge audience of all the pleasure cruises. And also a good bet that they will recover his body as well, rather than doing it at night where his body may never be found. I am sorry that he has left young children, but I know if/when I get an incurable and wasting away prognosis, you can bet your life I will be taking the easy way out. But I dont think I will do it in front of so many people. Possibly a very selfish way of doing it, but who am I to judge? RIP a true maverick.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Entertaining and comfortable? I'm glad there's more than that.

    by John Brown

    If that's all we're aiming for, then we all might as well end it right now.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Phyllis Diller just died

    by Terrence

    Man, what is up today?

  • he decided to go out on his own terms instead. Such sad news all around. What a mega talented filmmaker gone!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    His recent batch of films have sucked....

    by Dan

    terribly hyper-editing, stupid color changes.... overkill! BUT he made Beverly Hills Cop 2, Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide....not bad at all.... Good one on you, Sir Scott!


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    There are people who dismiss Spy Games?!

    by Royston Lodge

    That's a great flick! Idiots...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, Cybercat, I say obits should be Talkback-less.

    by MovieManStill

    They become screeching, judgmental or cloying. Anonymity breeds a total lack of class, and on this site, these days, the insanity has reached a whole new level. I just assume that many here are teenagers, as it is the most desirable explanation for what is often said.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I really liked "Unstoppable"...

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    ...I went into that thinking it would be lame, but it was pretty entertaining. Loved True Romance and Last Boyscout, obviously. Didn't realize he directed that George Michael documentary, which was pretty cool.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Phyllis Diller?!?

    by hst666

    That's a tragedy. Although she was pretty old.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    RIP, Tony. You've earned it.

    by drave117

    When a man takes his own life when faced with a terminal illness that will destroy his mind before it kills him, I can't fault him for wanting to go out on his own terms, especially since he took the time to leave plenty of notes for his loved ones. I'm sure they will be heartbroken, as most of the internet is right now, but being heartbroken is better than forever wondering why, or if they could have done something to stop it. No judgment here, only sadness.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Diller was 95.

    by Royston Lodge

    'nuff said.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Comes in threes. Diller is #2.

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    He was dying from brain cancer. It makes more sense today.

    by BigTuna

    He decided to go out on his own terms.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Phyllis Diller

    by paulloch

    probably means nothing to those below a certain age. But in the 60's 70's and and even 80's, she was everywhere. All the talk shows, all the variety shows. Love Boats , Batman etc I even remember her on Dance Fever. The first major female comic. Her origin is similar to Roseanne's. Bored housewife becomes comic headliner. She lived a long life, but sad for both her and Tony.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    First Tony Scott, Now Phyllis Diller!

    by Kyle DeMattio

    If Death does come in threes, who's next?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Tony beat cancer. If you cant understand, thats your problem.

    by grendel69


  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Very sad day for movie fans.

    by DocPazuzu

    Aside from a few clunkers, Scott made some wonderfully entertaining, stunningly crafted and at times iconic movies. The Hunger, Top Gun, Man on Fire, Unstoppable, Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Deja Vu and others. As late as a week ago I was arguing the virtues of Spy Game, a movie I find to be criminally underrated. A lot of people seem to take his movies for granted and don't realize how much his work set the tone for what movies looked and sounded like to a large extent during the 1980s and 1990s. Two days ago I was in an electronics store where a guy was demonstrating the latest in home theater awesomeness. The Blu-ray clip in question? The opening scene in Top Gun, which to this day both looks and sounds fucking phenomenal. Even when he shot offices and freight trains he knew how to wring arresting eye candy out of them. Tony Scott may not be remembered as a profound director, but few will ever match his eye for creating sumptuous visuals, even out of the most unlikely and mundane of environments. R.I.P.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    And some of you people...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...deserve to be worked over with a gravel-filled hose.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    i thought talkbackers hated his style of filmmaking

    by emeraldboy

    or am I wrong? and the films of don simpson and jerry bruckheimer.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott should have watched Goldthwait's GOD BLESS AMERICA before offing himself.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott - you will be missed...

    by Darth Macchio

    Sad day indeed

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Domino sucked..

    by darthwaz1

    wow that was terrible..

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    darthwaz1 Sucked...

    by Jake Pantlin

    wow that troll was terrible..

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Went out like a Boss

    by apersonofinterest

    I love several of Tony Scott's movies. His work with Denzel Washington are my favorite Denzel movies. True Romance is a classic. My understanding is that he had Brain Cancer and no amount of fame and fortune will save you from the slow, painful, degrading death that awaits you. I think we all have the right to end our own lives how we see fit and Tony Scott decided that he wasn't going to let Brain Cancer eat him alive. He went out like a boss and I have mad respect for him because it takes balls to make a decision like that. My condolences to the family and I wish Tony safe passage to the other side. Thank you for all of the movies. Looks like it's going to be a Tony Scott Marathon tonight.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Damnit. Fuck you Death.

    by Lakewater

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    death can be cured one day

    by dioxholsters_scion

    arent you guys pissed that future people will live forever but you wont?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    True Romance & Man on Fire

    by J

    Tony Scott was one of my favorite directors for those two films alone. I'm so sad to hear that he took his own life, as I was looking forward to more of the man's films.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    we should at least try to mummify ourselves

    by dioxholsters_scion

    or cryogenically freeze

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    we all contemplated sucide at some point in our lives

    by dioxholsters_scion

    but to actually go with it is something I never could understand, especially off a bridge, I would choose a more peaceful exit

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    if he has brain cancer, what wouldve happened to him had he not died?

    by dioxholsters_scion

    Is it chemotherapy thats the problem?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    scotts death could be a blessing disguise...

    by emeraldboy

    with scott gone. bay will cease to make films. bay and scott both came from the same background and both were proteges of don simpson and jerry bruckheimer.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    And William Windom makes three

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I loved his Style....a sad day but man...

    by BarCrow

    ...he knew how to punch the clock in a fashion much l like one of his action movies....true balls. RIP Mr. Scott..I've enjoyed many of your films over my years. You will be missed by fans, friends and family.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Agreed Grendel69...

    by BarCrow

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by ponyboy

    vader, used to think you were a hard sumbitch, but after reading your posts, I have much respect for you as a film lover & a true & respectful human being. PEACE. wcolbert, you have got to be THE most honest & heartfelt TBr aicn has EVER had!...MUCH respect to you a film lover & person! to you both, thank you for your intelligent & honest posts...this is what aicn/talkbacks should be about. again, respect to you both!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Cancer is a bitch.

    by PorkChopXpress

    It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear...and it absolutely will not stop, EVER. Until you are dead.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Why can't Uwe Boll commit suicide?

    by A_J_Pennypacker

    RIP Tony So sad to see this happen to such a talent. New report says he did not have brain cancer also. Makes you wonder what happened?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Is it just me...?

    by fauns_bass_1

    Or has 2012 been a really bad year for talented creatives passing away...?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Aint life a bitch?

    by ThulsaBoom

    BOOM! Melodramatic? Yes. It also haunted me as a high school athlete. Cheers, Mr. Scott. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Dioxholster, maybe you would seek a more peaceful end

    by D.Vader

    But then, you aren't an adrenaline-loving action film director like he was. In that context, it makes perfect sense for him to choose to go out in a giant stunt like that.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    fauns_bass_1 --- 2008 was the worst year for hollywood

    by dioxholsters_scion

    2012 doesnt come close

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Emeraldboy, that is completely shameful what you just said

    by D.Vader

    I can't defend that.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    PonyBoy 360, thank you sir

    by D.Vader

    You used to think of me as a hard sumbitch- was that good or bad, I can't tell? What was it about my post that changed your mind? In either case, thank you for adding to the civil and respectful discussions here. And I wish you good luck and good fortune during your road to recovery. I don't envy your struggles and I hope they end for you soon. And wcolbert... man, what you said about your upbringing, that's incredibly rough. Thank you for your civil discussions as well.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by sways

    Thoughts of you will last a long time with True Romance

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Damn you, 'ol Satan Claus. We knew you were out there.

    by Dr Gregory House

    RIP Mr. Tony Scott.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    #3 is William Windom ;(

    by Jake Pantlin

    William Windom, who played Commodore Matt Decker on Star Trek's classic episode, "The Doomsday Machine", passed away on Aug 16th, at age 88.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    bobo_vision - if not brain cancer, it was something else

    by Rupee88

    I doubt he was just "depressed"...some kind of health issue(s) 68, then are going to be there no matter what and could have been more than he could take....better to take a leap into nothingness than to slowly waste away into it.

  • He may have kept it from them and just dealt with it himself.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't tell my family I had brain cancer

    by D.Vader

    I'd probably keep that pain for just myself for a long time. That's selfish for you.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    With my fear of heights, I would have chosen the cancer

    by tangcameo

    Or at least done something like Leaving Las Vegas, including Elizabeth Shue. Not her character, just Shue. But maybe dressed in her Adventures in Babysitting outfit.

  • Now you know what to write on your next birthday cards to your grandparents and parents. Christ. Most of y'all arent very confident to face pain. Dying is easy. The pain of getting old is something every last one of us will face. If you are too scared to face pain maybe some of you should just end it today. The elderly don't just go to sleep and not wake up one day. It's a slow painful process. I'm not judging Scott - that was his choice and that's fine....but, in my opinion, most of y'all need to ease up on patting him on the back saying that's the right choice if he was sick with some disease. It's not the right's just a choice.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by ponyboy

    hard sumbitch=smart, intelligent & no patience for trollers/uneducated film children. utmost respect! you have always been a GREAT TBr! peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Best Tony Scott movie?

    by darthwaz1

    I say True Romance.. hands down.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    stuntcock mike - turns out it was actually Christopher Nolan!

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Thank You Tony Scott for some Truly Outstanding Action Motion Pictures.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    What's with all of this "sir" stuff, and "Tony" comments?

    by MovieManStill

    The "Kind Sir" salutations have always been subserviently creepy. Tony Scott deserves to be addressed by his full name.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Tony didn't have brain cancer.

    by SunTzu77

    BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE… UPDATED: Tony Scott’s widow Donna has told police that the famed filmmaker/TV producer did not have brain cancer, informed insiders tell Deadline. That makes erroneous this morning’s Good Morning America report that he “had inoperable brain cancer” and quoting “a source close to him”. The ABC claim was widely picked up by media outlets globally (but not Deadline) as the reason why Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge at 12:35 PM. Within half an hour ABC was backing off its story (see below). This is the third time in a month that ABC News has erroneously reported on a sensitive news story. During the Aurora movie theater shooting tragedy, ABC News first claimed the gunman was a Tea Party member which was not true. And then the shooter’s mother accused ABC News of mischaracterizing a quote from her. The issues all seem the same: ABC News is not properly vetting its news reporting.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Doom master

    by Keith

    'I've seen less fortunate, less popular, and even less financially secure people die from that disease and did not resort to committing suicide' So? So what? What does that prove? Why is it clearly better to have a protracted painful death rather than a quick one?

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    So NO brain cancer. This just keeps getting more weird.

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    He was so consistent. Did he basically direct a movie per year?

    by Autodidact

  • Numerous other ways to kill yourself and be discovered quickly but he chose the 'spectacular' hollywood way demons may have done him in or just a desire to go out his own way but he chose a manner that may scar the innocents who saw it and there aint no rationalizing that but guaranteed some like d vader and others will try and guarantee people will say 'oh that was so tony'

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    RIP Tony Scott & RIP Phyllis Diller

    by Thanos0145

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    The many really didn't want to do Top Gun 2.

    by ParagonComplex

    Isn't this a bit much, tho?

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Hey thanks, PonyBoy!

    by D.Vader

    Much appreciated, good sir!

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Kobe- what?

    by D.Vader

    I'm going to "try and guarantee people will say 'oh that was so tony'"? What the hell are you blathering about? This isn't the time or the place to try and start an argument or put words in someone else's mouth. Save it for another TB.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Attention: ULTRATRON...

    by Graphix67

    From NY Daily News: An element of mystery surrounded Tony Scott’s suicidal leap from a Los Angeles bridge as authorities Monday shot down a report that the action movie maestro had suffered from inoperable brain cancer. 'Through a family spokesperson, we have been advised that Mr. Scott did not have brain cancer or (an) inoperable tumor,' Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told the Daily News late Monday. ........................................ Hmmmm, who should we believe. Tony's family or ultratron??? I mean, on one hand, Tony's family is Tony's family. But on the other hand, ultratron did a Google search. This is a tough one to judge for sure!

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    d.vader...I think he was referring to this:

    by Bobo_Vision

    ( Dioxholster, maybe you would seek a more peaceful end by d.vader But then, you aren't an adrenaline-loving action film director like he was. In that context, it makes perfect sense for him to choose to go out in a giant stunt like that. ) <p> I have to agree with Kobe on this one. He has two small kids. I don't think offing himself in a big theatrical way, which apparently people have filmed since he did it so publicly, is very responsible. This is reality, not a movie. I guarantee his kids will seriously contemplate suicide when they are adults. I work with people who commit suicide and Tony has scarred his kids for life.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    fuck you bobo_vision, darthtrifecta, fucking lying trolls

    by cybercat7

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    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Dig most of his work, but what a bum for doing that...

    by Dan

  • A person most of you don't even know and one you would never investigate so why bring her up and say shit about her that you don't believe? I hate it when people die, the worst aspects of their nature comes out....fake, phony emotions- Diller was a fine person I guess, never heard otherwise, but to mention her with some sort of regret by people who hate everything is disgusting and totally fake. When someone dies in my family or known to my family, I treat them in death as I did in life- honestly. If I do not like them, they do not get funeral visit from me nor do they get any fake stories of how I will miss them. I will be honest and tell anyone who asks, Nope. Didn't like them one bit.... I did this to one of my mom's older sisters that died. Did not liek the woman, she tried my grandfather (her father) like she so I wrote her off many years ago and never looked back. When she died, some cousins called me up and asked me to go to the funeral. I refused. I do not go to funerals of people I dislike. It's dishonest.... On the other side, if it's a loved one, who was awesome, they will be treated thusly and passionately with my songs of praise. I'm being honest....

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I loved Gladiator :(

    by Darr Furr

    He will be missed.....

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Phyliss Dildo?

    by Darr Furr

    Come one now..... She sounds like fun

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  • Aug. 21, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Fucking sucks, rip Tony.

    by Volllllume3

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    It's called: "Irrelevant Comment-The johnwaynewasgay Story"

    by malificus

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by John Brown

    I appreciate your honesty, but not the way you have chosen to express it. Funerals are as much for the people left behind as they are to honor those lost. I would never skip the funeral of someone I disliked if I had even an inkling of feeling for those left behind (if I hate them as well...well, then I probably wouldn't be invited anyway). By showing up at the funeral I don't see myself as being dishonest (although I certainly would not offer words of fake praise). I would hug the ones hurt by their death, say something like, "I'm sorry for your loss," and move on. Nothing dishonest in that, as I see it.

  • Try telling that to his children, I'm not judging him, it is a tragedy. You can't judge him for his state of mind but that aside, leaving stupid comments like that on a public forum. Are you fricken retarded??

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    (sp) ment to say to *Me in my teenage years.

    by peter

  • *The sword of time will pierce our skins It doesn't hurt when it begins But as it works its way on in The pain grows stronger watch it grin...* May the road rise to you, dearly departed... The songs of praise being sung by your fans is significant and heartwarming in light of this stunning, sudden loss.... May we all live our lives to the fullest with the time we have, whatever the deck we are dealt.....

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Creepythinfag was banned from the Sage Stallone obit as well.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Like a virulent cancer, he keeps coming back.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    cybercat7, just curious, what did I supposedly lie about?

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Very sad, heartfelt thoughts to his family, RIP Mr. Scott

    by AllThosePowers

  • Hugely quotable as well: What's your fuckin' problem? Yo'ld busybody! Now we all get to wear the number, man. Jason Pelligrino's dad says Mick Jagger's gay. Gil Renard: [angrily] Well, Jason Pelligrino's dad takes it up the ass! I'm serious as a heart attack, Bobby! How about you take some kayaks and stick 'em up your fuckin' ass, ya moron.

  • ..there really was no valid reason to take his own life. THAT in itself was selfish unless there was some undiagnosed mental illness (Servere depression?) we're not informed about.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    director of top gun 2 ridley? lol

    by Hugh Gustavus

    This was a comment made by one of those brainless stick skinny models of one of those yank entertainment gossip shows. now that tony is gone she thought ridley would take over. ridiculous