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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day remembers Tony Scott.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I had a Saving Private Ryan photo lined up for today, but I’m sure you’ll understand me holding that one for a day and giving some love to the late Mr. Tony Scott.

I’d be lying if I said I loved everything Tony Scott did, but he had way more hits than misses and even those of his films I wasn’t too crazy for I could tell he had a real passion for his work and was genuinely invested in the story he was telling.

Below are four photos of Tony Scott at work, from his films Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Domino and Man on Fire. In the Top Gun photo he stands with producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and I’m sure you will recognize the actors on the following images from Domino and Man on Fire.

Thanks to 101 Café for the Top Gun image, Toutlecine for the Days of Thunder and Domino pics and The for the Man on Fire image.






If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic will head back to the beach and resume our regularly scheduled BTS run.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    What a great film libary...

    by Mr Soze

    Went out like a stud too

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott was the man!


    I didn't even like Top Gun!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Many forgot to give props to Domino...

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    Another underrated genre classic from Mr Scott! He will be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Man on Fire is extremely underrated.

    by Mr Soze

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I remember when Richard Kelly came out for an AICN screening of Domino (that event ended with the crowd going to a shotgun range by the way) and remarking just how in love Tony Scott was with Xzibit's Motherfucker song and how as the film came together he kept putting it in more and more scenes. For some reason the image of Tony Scott raging to Xzibit puts a smile on my face.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Thanks for posting these.

    by tomandshell

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Crimson Tide

    by Itchypanda

    Great cast and great conflict. Behind Top Gun in terms of Tony Scott movies I've watched the most...but it's catching up.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Good job!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Toora... I watched it after it came out on Hbo...

    by Mr Soze

    Thinking it was a time waster movie, I ended up being glued to the Fucking Boob tube for 2 hours.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by donkingkong

    Fantastic entertaining movies. He'll be missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    It waqsn`t until the obit page I realised how many movies of his I loved.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Crimson Tide doesn`t feel like one of his, probably just the diffrenece in editing styles. True Romance a classic. He got a lot of crap for nutty edits but the man`s career spoke and will speak volumes for decades to come. A real shame.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Rubbing is Racing

    by Micah

    Cole Trickle... Come on man! "HIT THE PACE CAR?!!?" we are having icecream

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Man On Fire

    by Brad Baldwin

    Man on Fire is the closest we have ever come to seeing a full on Punisher movie. I remember seeing it and instantly thinking of Frank Castle. Marvel needs to watch it and take notes!!!!! R.I.P. Mr. Scott and thanks for the memories!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Ignore the`Q`. Don`t concentrate on the Q.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Damn my drunky typing.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The Last Boy Scout...

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    was one of Tony Scott's best - a great, and underrated, early-90's action film that could have, and should have, been a franchise like Die Hard or Lethal Weapon. Joe Hallenback was an iconic action character who should not have been confined to just one movie, and could have been Willis' second signature action role after John McClane, just like Sly had Rocky and Rambo, and Arnold had Conan and Terminator. Scott, Willis and Wayans could have been a team akin to Donner, Gibson and Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies if this had come to pass, but I think Tony and Bruce had a falling out with Joel Silver and vowed never to work with him again, or so I heard.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I can't say that I loved all of his work...

    by WeylandYutani

    But the man did offer hours of trills and fun through his body of work. If he truly had terminal brain cancer, then RIP. That is a horrible thing to deal with and in a sense he was the walking dead already. I hope he took the time to say goodbye to his friends and family in his own way. If he had severe depression or money problems or a combination of those, then I wish he had taken the opportunity to get help. Regardless, a shame he is gone.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    @higgledyhiggles Ditto

    by JuicyFruit

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Can't believe he's dead

    by Keyser Soze

    Very tragic. For some reason, his death has hit me particularly hard. Might sound a bit harsh but, assuming the inoperable brain cancer is true, I can understand the suicide; getting the inevitable over and done with. Why prolong, why suffer? It get it, but it doesn't hurt any less. The Ridleys have contributed a lot to cinema and even though I sometimes disagreed with the ideologies in their works, I am very sorry to see Tony go. He knew action and he had nailed his own style down to a T. I think any of us could spot a Tony Scott film from just a few frames and that in my opinion speaks to the man's credit. I hope he is somewhere pleasant. RIP.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Domino is shit...flashy garbage

    by nephilim138

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I'm not the Tony Scott type of guy...

    by Glenn

    BUT -- I wasn't sure what I thought after watching Man on Fire the first time. Seemed a little hyperkinetic for the story. Now, I watch it once in awhile, and I honestly believe it will be taught in film schools in the future. The editing and graphics and use of music was ahead of its time. Just'll see. Plus it's a really great emotional piece of filmmaking too. Now it gets me every time, like one of my favorite films Ordinary People (see? I'm ooooold school simple). That, and True Romance is the definition of cool cinema. And The Hunger was the first film I saw at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome; it got my dad to pull me out of the theatre, it weirded him out beyond. I'm very proud of Tony Scott for pissing him off like that. Besides that, I had a conversation with him at work once about Ridley. Very nuts and bolts guy, to the point, didn't suffer fools. Just a shame...

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Quint...

    by Bill C.

    ...and now I can't stop listening to 'Motherfucker.'

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by Arizona Bay

    hey bro - do you have a blog i can read? your comments are so insightful and hilarious!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott. Now that's what a director should look like...

    by krull rules a fucking professional!!!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    A great list of films from a truly awesome director

    by Christian Sylvain

    Whatever problems that showed up in some of Tony Scott's films, at the very least you could say they were all really enjoyable films. The best of the bunch usually including Denzel Washington. It's still so shocking that he's passed on, but his life and career will never be forgotten. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by Keyser Soze

    I'll buy that. Well said.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Though Jerry's Beard does look a bit prematurely grey.

    by thecomedian

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Fuck cancer.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    This whole thing is just awful from top to bottom. And for any of you dicks who have shit to say about "Domino," you and me won't ever get along.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace tony scott

    by Father

    Its a shame that he went out the way he did . He's left us a lot of great movies to remember him by though! Rest in peace, man.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see a True Romance pic

    by J

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I liked Deja Vu

    by Silv

    Another very Tony Scott film, but I think probably my favorite of his. Maybe because I like time travel movies.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Why'd you have to ruin it with a picture of jerry bruckheimer??

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    Makes me vomit every time I see his ugly ass.

  • If there is a God, I hope he will let him rest in peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Christian Sylvain

    Thanks, man.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Domino and Man on Fire = 2 highly underrated movies

    by A_J_Pennypacker

    I really never understood the hate for them, granted they are are no True Romance but they are both still excellent, entertaining movies. Man on Fire is still probably my favorite Denzel acting job next to Training Day. RIP Tony, you were an incredible filmmaker and will be missed. Why can't Uwe Boll commit suicide? :(

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by ThulsaBoom

    ...that is all.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I also love Man on Fire, and like Deja Vu very much...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...hell of a director. Big budget genre films rarely have as much balls as a Tony Scott joint. RIP

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    And, holy shit, THE LAST BOYSCOUT IS AMAZING...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...great call Turd. The Last Boyscout is a spiritual sequel to Commando. Even Damon Wayans was good. LOVE IT.

  • It still doesn't mean you can study something that just has to come naturally and own it the way the masters have done. Not saying Scott was a "master", but he could put out some pretty good action flicks in his day. If it is true that he did this cause he had a terminal case of cancer it would explain this whole thing a bit....still tragic though.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I meant to say that SCOTT studied BAY....sorry for the mixup.

    by DementedCaver

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    He was all about that vest eh?

    by JediRob

    He rocked it well too.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    R.I.P tony.

    by trevor

    thx for some great fuckin' films.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The Last Boyscout...

    by 6000_little_griglets

    Sorry to pile on with The Last Boyscout love but fuck i love that movie... whenever it comes on TV it's like "Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhh!"

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Spy Game was a great little film

    by simonred

    So sad to hear of Tony's death. I've seen what it's like to die of a brain tumor up close, and though suicide is probably especially hard on his family, I can understand how he got there, mentally. Though I didn't love all his movies, I really think that when he was 'on', he was one of the finest and most thrilling visual story-tellers out there. He'll be very much missed.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Jesus is that Don "Master of the cleaved cunt" Simpson. Respect.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    @cedhollywood re: Elvis

    by entrainer

    who'd those black musicians copy and steal from? I'm certain it wasn't all made up, the piano, guitar, musical theory, etc in the 20th century by the musicians in question. The point is, no one lives in a vacuum and everyone is inspired and influenced to some degree by their tastes, culture, and their surroundings.

  • That wasn't really my point though. Yet I must agree with what you say.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Same MAN ON FIRE experience as others.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Not the biggest Denzel fan; didn't see it in the theater. Saw it on cable one very, very late night. Absolutely blown away. Thought if I looked out the window I'd actually be in fucking Mexico City. Denzel, Walken, Fanning performances - all incredible. And Scott's *edit in a blender* style finally found the material it was invented for. Love that movie.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    And you know what else is great about MAN ON FIRE?

    by FluffyUnbound

    The Spanish language performances. The kidnapper at the end? The guy who gets his fingers cut off? The guy who gets the plastique up his ass? The dirty cops? The journalists? I bought each and every one of those performances 100%, and didn't give a damn about the subtitles. Whoever was the Mexico City casting director hit a fucking grand slam. As did whoever scouted the locations.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Man on Fire

    by entrainer

    I'll have to revisit. Initial impression was, eh, hyper color grading and Avid farts STILL? I liked in when Oliver Stone was experimenting with color/edits in NBK, but I never really connected with T.Scott's Domino, MOF, or the BMW short. Unstoppable felt like a nice pullback, good solid popcorn movie. The Hunger, LBS, and True Romance though... I've seen those countless times. LBS rocked me when I saw it in the Theater as a teen, particularly the opening scene.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I do Agree Last Boyscout should have Ben a franchise.

    by BigTuna

    Joe Hallenbeck is a ridiculously cool character. Such a fun action film I could watch over and over.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    You touch me again I'll kill ya

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    Shane Black in top form. Tony choreographs that scene perfectly as well. Great action film!

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    OK talkbackers, help me out here:

    by ChickenStu

    I loved Man On Fire, True Romance, Spy Game and quite enjoyed The Last Boy Scout... I didn't really like Beverly Hills Cop II and think I only saw Top Gun once. As for the others, not seen them. Where should I start?

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by Jaboc

    The guy really liked that vest lol. Always been a big fan and bummed we won't get to see anymore of his talent on the big screen. Especially Top Gun 2.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Ha ha ha!

    by digginjim

    the state of Don Simpson in that third photo - hilarious. Also - I like the Tony Scott 'red hat' thing - is that so people knew where he was from a distance on set?

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Love the Top Gun shot with Bruck and Simpson

    by stevok

    ..and Kelly McGillis in the background with her mouth glued open from the previous nights blowjobs !

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Okay, now I will have to check out "Man on Fire".

    by ufoclub1977

    time to go to the blu-ray shelf at the library...

  • My heart goes out to his family and friends. Tony Scott was a rare breed.

  • 'True Romance' is in my top 10 (Loved 'Top Gun,' 'Man on Fire' and 'Crimson Tide.' Even appreciated 'The Last Boyscout' and 'Days of Thunder' and was surprised at how well-made and entertaining 'Unstoppable' turned out), so I am an admirer of Scott's work and his death is a tragic loss, but an unwatchable movie isn't magically transformed into a masterpiece simply because its director passed away. A constantly smoke-filtered atmosphere and rapid cuts don’t always enhance the narrative. 'The Fan' was utterly ridiculous, while 'Domino' was an abortion. Watching it is like experiencing a full-on seizure. The characters are completley uninteresting, the story pointless, it's so in-love with itself and desperate to be cool that it becomes campy, the environment is depressingly dreary and it's so rapidly edited that it's more of a music video than a film. We don't have to pretend 'Domino' didn't suck simply because the late Tony Scott directed it. If anything, I bet he'd be offended by condescension and false praise.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Dammit, Tony Scott was awesome

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    As has been pointed out, his filmography is, taken as a whole, ridiculously good for an action flick director. Top Gun...Crimson Tide...MAN ON FIRE (such a fucking AWESOME movie)...Enemy of the State... Even Unstoppable was a fun little film, if simplistic in premise. The guy was the ANTI-BAY...he made action films for people with an attention span. Sadly, I think his action-film tendencies caused him to lose cred and thus cause some of his more-dramatic efforts, like the aforementioned MAN ON FIRE, to be overlooked by the critic elite. I'll wrap this up by saying again: MAN ON FIRE is a phenomenal flick...think TAKEN, only 50 times more intense (and I loved Taken). One of the best of the last decade for my money.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Man on Fire Quote

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    For those who haven't seen it, it sums the film up perfectly: “A man can be an artist … in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey’s art is death. He’s about to paint his masterpiece.”

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Spy Game...

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer of the most underrated BELIEVABLE spy flicks ever made (pre-emptive cock-punch to whomever mentions Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    And that quote is in Christopher Walken's voice

    by FluffyUnbound

    You have to read it in Walken's voice to get the full effect.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Who the hell is Tony Scott?????

    by MajorFrontbum

    Just kidding - Man on Fire is an excellent film. RIP Tony Scott.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Christopher Walken has the best line in Man On Fire.

    by ChickenStu

    "Any man can be an artist. It depends on what he's good at. It can be food... whatever. Creasy's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece... I've got nothing else to say." Shivers up my fucking spine every time.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Say, is that Kelly MacGillis in the background in the Top Gun pic?

    by Aziraphale_11

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Hey, sluggo

    by Jon Forbing

    Some people actually enjoyed that film. I'm sure a few of the people praising it are letting their memory of it be colored by the tragedy, but not all. Should those who enjoyed it lie? Or is it impossible that anyone could like it, since you didn't? Maybe stop stating your opinion as fact, especially when people are trying to remember a recently-passed filmmaker's work.