European Film Industry Mourns Tony Scott's Death

Issue 52 - Backlot: Tony Scott
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Writers, actors and producers react to the director's apparent suicide.

The U.K. and European film industry on Monday joined Hollywood in reacting to the apparent suicide of director Tony Scott.

Writers, actors, producers and companies in the film exhibition, production and related sectors mourned the loss as they woke up to the news that he had jumped to his death.

"RIP Tony Scott…," British actor and director Tim Roth said on Twitter. "You made me laugh pal.. A truly good man."

"He was an unbelievably sensitive, kind and profoundly human person," producer Rola Bauer of Tandem Communications, who worked with Tony and Ridley Scott on the TV series Pillars of the Earth and the upcoming World Without End, told THR. "He was always so supportive and generous and he never judged. That's a truly rare creature. Of course, we have lost an extremely talented director, but really we have lost a wonderful human being."

British actor and writer Stephen Fry, who recorded the Harry Potter audio books in the U.K., tweeted: "Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man."

British actor and writer Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf) said: "Very sad and shocking news about Tony Scott. Almost like an opening scene from an early 90's blockbuster. ?#RIPTonyScott?."

Actor Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Gone in 60 Seconds, X-Men: The Last Stand) tweeted: "Tony Scott What a massive [loss] what a massive shame."


Actor Simon Pegg tweeted “So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.”

British trade body Directors UK chairman Charles Sturridge said: "Tony Scott was a brilliant British director with an extraordinary ability to create energy on screen, both in action and in the creation of character with films like True Romance, Man On Fire and Enemy of The State. He will be greatly missed."

Cannes Film Fest president Gilles Jacob tweeted: "Stupefied to learn about the brutal death of Tony Scott, talented and sophisticated director, whose The Hunger I loved (and showed). It's hard to break through, when one has a famous director brother who does the same job as him even if he's never worked with him: Tony Scott did it."

"Sad day" head of Cinema at Canal Plus Manuel Alduy, said on Twitter 

Europe 1 radio host Florian Gazan tweeted: "Tony Scott, the director of Top Gun, committed suicide. Take my breath away…"

"Our thoughts are with Tony Scott's family," Sony Pictures U.K. posted on Twitter. "You were a legend sir, it has been our honor & we know your work will continue to inspire."


Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said:“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news that Tony Scott has died. He was not only an incredibly gifted filmmaker and ambassador for the U.K. film industry, he was a significant part of the history of Shepperton Studios. He directed some of the most successful films of all times and at Shepperton these included The Hunger (1981), Spy Game (2001) and Tony most recently produced Prometheus (2012) directed by his brother Ridley. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

U.K. exhibition giant Odeon Cinemas said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Top GunDirector Tony Scott this morning. Thanks for the great films over the years sir."

Meanwhile, BBC Films in a post said: "The team are shocked and saddened by the death of Tony Scott. Our thoughts are with his family."

And French film technology firm Technicolor also paid tribute on Twitter. "#Adios Tony Scott. #SadMonday," it said.

Even British politician Louise Mensch shared a reaction. "Very sad to hear of the death of Tony Scott from suicide," she said on Twitter. "Mental health is such a key issue."