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Top Gun Director Tony Scott dies

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Director Tony Scott working on The Taking of Pelham 123 © Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

British born Director Tony Scott died yesterday in an apparent suicide.

Tony is thought of as one of the most influential film directors of the past 25 years. He was perhaps best know for Top Gun back in 1986 which helped turn Tom Cruise into a megastar.

Tom Cruise said “Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”

There was a sequel planned for Top Gun for a 2014 release. Cruise was to reprise his role as Maverick. Cruise and Scott are reported to have had a meeting about Top Gun 2 on Friday where they apparently toured a Naval air base in Nevada.

Tony Scott is also created with transforming Denzel Washington career to world stardom. He worked on five movies with Denzel; Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).

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Director Tony Scott on the set of Unstoppable © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox

After working on Unstoppable in 2010 Denzel said “I trust Tony, who’s a great filmmaker and I enjoy working with him. We leave each other alone to do our work. Tony’s very enthusiastic and his team loves working for him, so with him, it’s easy.”

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the director was seen parking his car and jumping into the water at about 12:30 on Sunday. Three hours later his body was recovered from the harbour. Investigations are continuing but it is thought it was suicide.

Bafta chairman Tim Corrie said, “History will probably always link him with his brother [Ridley Scott] which considering their lifelong partnership is right… but Tony had his own style and will stand tall in the history of British film-makers.”

Two of the interviews we have done with Tony Scott can be found in the links below.