By now, you’ve probably already broken into an animal shelter to hug a kitten after reading the depressing as all hell headline: “Top Gun” Director Tony Scott Dead After Jumping Off Bridge. And now you’re reading that headline again, so I guess you’ll have to break into another animal shelter to kitten hug the sads away. I’ll see you there.
The Los Angeles Times says that yesterday afternoon at around 12:30, Tony Scott drove his Toyota Prius to the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA, got out of his car, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s tip and then jumped to his death. A witness says that Tony jumped “without hesitation.” The police found a note in Tony’s Prius with all of his contact information and they later found a suicide note at his office. Tony was 68 and is survived by his wife Donna Scott and their twin sons.
Tony Scott started his film career by directing David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in the faptacular vampire masterpiece The Hunger. Tony went on to work with Tommy Girl twice in Top Gun and Days of Thunder. If Tony Scott had a muse that muse was probably Denzel Washington, because he directed Denzel in five movies including Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and his last film Unstoppable.
If my ass had to guess, I’d say that the highlight of Tony Scott’s career was watching Samuel L. Jackson say the line “I eat the pussy, I eat the butt, I eat every motherfuckin’ thang.” while directing True Romance. Along with his brother Ridley Scott, Tony produced The Good Wife and Numb3rs.
Rest in peace, Tony Scott. Thank you for The Hunger, thank you for True Romance and for directing George Michael in this video.
Oh shit, I just made the sads sads-ier by posting that. Hand me another kitten.