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.
So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.
— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) August 20, 2012
awful news about Tony Scott. rest in peace.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire.” I wish you had moretime ”
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. ow.ly/d5Ngo
— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony Scott…Man On Fire greatly underrated film
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) August 20, 2012
I just heard about Tony Scott’s suicide. My heart aches. Sending light and love to his family, friends and co-workers.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 20, 2012
The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.
— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) August 20, 2012
met tony scott once. thought we would meet again. saddened by news of his passing. grateful for the work he leaves behind. peace to you sir.
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) August 20, 2012
So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 20, 2012
Terribly sad news about Tony Scott. Rest in peace.
— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) August 20, 2012
Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott’s life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2012
“I make a movie because it’s something that inspires me” ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 – 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me..
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012
I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Scott’s death and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 20, 2012
So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott. A terrible, terrible loss of a truly talented, brilliant man. — Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) August 20, 2012
There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me”I love
#TrueRomance” Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man
— Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012
Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man. — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2012
Love ya Tony, always have, always will
— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlate4) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott…. You left us too soon. How terribly sad. What a lovely, kind human being you were. I will love and miss … say.ly/CFw40Dp
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) 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.
No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012
Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012
True Romance. The scene with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in a Detroit railyard is a classic. RIP Tony Scott.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 20, 2012
I just woke up to hear about Tony Scott. Can’t believe it. As I hope was evident in my work, I was big fan of his. Rest In Peace, sir. — edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 20, 2012
Shocked.Tony Scott is a legend.Tragic and sad day.Thoughts and prayers for his family.
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) August 20, 2012
Just heard about Tony Scott news.Horrible…Tony was a truly lovely man who took me under his wing & ignited my passion to make films.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) August 20, 2012
#tonyscott had inoperable brain cancer. I take comfort in knowing he now feels no fear, pain or anguish. My prayers are w/the Scotts.
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony Scott. Never knew him but always heard nothing but great things about him and I loved his films. Terrible loss for cinema.
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 20, 2012
Collaborating with the great Tony Scott was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My thoughts are with his family tonight.
— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) August 20, 2012
If what’s being reported is true and Tony was terminal, then he died as he lived: Full blown, full speed and down to the very last second.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012
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.
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