Tony Scott Death: Celebrities React to the Director's Suicide

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Seemingly everyone in Hollywood was touched by director Tony Scott's suicidal leap from a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday. The successful director's sudden death shocked stars and his fellow directors, many of whom turned to Twitter to express their grief.

Most tweeted on Sunday and early Monday, shortly after the news broke that the maker of "Top Gun" and "Unstoppable" had killed himself at age 68, cutting short one of the busiest and most successful careers in movies and TV. The tweets continued to flow on Monday, after reports surfaced that Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and had apparently chosen a quick and painless death over lingering agony.

Read what stars and directors had to say about Tony Scott's passing.

Over the past 30 years, Scott had directed 16 features and had produced dozens of other movies and TV series, often in collaboration with his brother, director Ridley Scott. Everyone in Hollywood seemed to have worked with him or at least to have met him.

Stars who offered tweeted tributes to Scott included Justin Timberlake, Chris Rock, Dwayne Johnson, Elijah Wood, Samuel L. Jackson, Zachary Quinto, and Rosario Dawson. Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, and Michael Rapaport, who co-starred in Scott's "True Romance," all chimed in.

                    — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012

 

           

Also offering 140-character condolences were such fellow directors as Ron Howard, Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Michael Moore, Richard Kelly (the "Donnie Darko" director, who wrote Scott's "Domino"), and Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man"). Joe Carnahan even replaced his own Twitter profile photo with a portrait of Scott.

                    Condolences also came (not via Twitter, but from the more traditional publicist's statement) from Gene Hackman, star of Scott's "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of the State." "Tony was always sensitive to the needs of an actor," Hackman's statement read. "We've lost a wonderful, creative talent."

The most eloquent remembrance on Twitter came from David Krumholtz, who's best known for having starred on the Scott-produced crime drama series "Numb3rs." Using TwitLonger, he offered an extended anecdote about how Scott had motivated him on the set to deliver an inspired performance of a tricky monologue.  An excerpt:

I had come to know Tony as a warm, enthusiastic and whimsical general with great vision and pride for his work and for the art of action.... He was wild and big and crazy and uncontrollable and he gave it his all, every moment, because he believed in his crew, his cast, and the show. It saddens me that something inside him told him to take his incredible life spirit away from us, from the film making community. May he rest in peace. What a great dude.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  • Irvinegirl
    Irvinegirl

    Jumping to your death from a bridge is not even close to being painless or quick. Can you just imagine, you have a bit of time free falling before you hit the ground. I would imagine plenty of time to regret your decision. Wouldn't taking sleeping pills be painless and quicker?