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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Filmmaker Tony Scott (‘Top Gun’) dies

Very sad news this morning: British filmmaker Tony Scott, best known for action hits like “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder,” “Spy Game,” “Man on Fire,” and most recently “Unstoppable,” died yesterday after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles, leaving behind suicide notes to his family. He was 68 years old. ABC News is reporting this morning that Scott had inoperable brain cancer. Scott was also, often with his older brother Ridley Scott, a busy producer of films with many upcoming projects, including the thriller “Stoker” (coming next year) and the TV movie “Killing Lincoln.” He sought out thrills in his real life, too; several of his obituaries note that he was an avid rock climber and fast-car driver. In his movies, which feature some of the most thrilling action sequences of recent years, he strove for realism. “My whole career I’ve always tried to avoid CGI, whether it’s planes, cars or trains,” he said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter before the 2009 release of his remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.” “It’s something in terms of the drama and the performances that give me a reality and more of an edge.” Rest in peace, Mr. Scott.
Update (Tues. a.m.): ABC Newss’ report that Scott suffered from inoperable brain cancer now seems to be in doubt; an update this morning says that Scott’s family had no knowledge of such a diagnosis.

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