From Our Guest Writer Jack Fryer

On August 19th, Hollywood director Tony Scott tragically died by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. When he died tributes flooded in from across the film world. Tom Cruise (star of ‘Top Gun’ and who had met with Scott two days prior to his death to talk about the upcoming Top Gun 2), said in tribute to his friend “He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable.” Denzel Washington who had worked with Scott on five of his films, said “Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.”

Tony Scott’s death was tragic for me not because he was a fantastic, inspirational director, but the director of one of my favourite films, the gangster epic ‘True Romance.’ Tony Scott had an interesting career for a director. He started off like most directors by doing commercials and television work. But in 1983 he released his first cinema film, the weird and interesting vampire film ‘The Hunger’ staring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. While the film is slightly dated by today’s standards and many viewers will find some sections uncomfortable to watch, it is worth viewing for its originality. Tony Scott’s has mainly done mainstream action films and this is what he’ll most be remembered for. From the Bruce Willis action film ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ and the Denzel Washington thrillers ‘Crimson Tide,’ ‘Déjà vu,’ ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’ and the incredibly tense runaway-train thriller ‘Unstoppable’ which was his last film. But the film that Tony Scott will be remembered for most of all will be the film that made Tom Cruise a house hold name, ‘Top Gun’. Made in 1986, Tony Scott was hired by a young producer called Jerry Bruckheimer after he was impressed by a television commercial Scott did for Saab involving a fighter jet. Bruckheimer’s gamble on Scott as a director paid off and the film was an international success, ‘Top Gun’ is still winning over new fans every year and it helped to launch the careers of Scott and Cruise. ‘Top Gun’ is a very fun film, despite being overly macho and cheesy; ‘Top Gun’ is pure popcorn entertainment. Scott’s best film though has to be the ensemble cast gangster film True Romance. While filming ‘The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis,’ Scott met a young aspiring director called Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino gave Scott the script for ‘True Romance and’ Scott was impressed he agreed to direct it on the spot. ‘True Romance’ has one of the finest ensembles for a film, Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hooper, James Gandolfini and Gary Oldman all-star in a film about young love and gangsters. The film contains memorable dialogue, fantastic characters and acting as well memorable set pieces. Tony Scott you will be missed.

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