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Populist to the end: Tweets to mourn Tony Scott

  • Traffic rolls over the the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles on Monday Aug. 20, 2012. Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday Aug. 19, 2012, after jumping from the Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Fellow filmmakers were among the first to take to Twitter Monday to pay tribute to Hollywood director Tony Scott, who jumped to his death from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor at the weekend.

The man behind commercial hits like “Top Gun” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” and critics’ favorite “True Romance” took his own life Sunday aged 68.

“No more Tony Scott movies,” tweeted “The Da Vinci Code” director, Ron Howard. “Tragic day.”

“Tony Scott” was the microblogging site’s top-trending topic by 1030 GMT Monday, followed by “True Romance,” “Top Gun,” and “Crimson Tide,” Scott’s 1995 submarine thriller starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.

“Just heard about Tony Scott news. Horrible,” tweeted Duncan Jones, who made the acclaimed science fiction movies “Moon” and “Source Code.”

“Tony was a truly lovely man who took me under his wing & ignited my passion to make films.

“Awww Tony. Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going. What a sad waste. My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children.”

Richard Kelly, who wrote the screenplay for “Domino” which Scott directed, joined a growing chorus of thousands of online tributes.

“Working with Tony Scott was like a glorious road trip to Vegas on desert back roads, a wild man behind the wheel, grinning,” the “Donnie Darko” director wrote. “I felt safe.

“Tony Scott was the best mentor – when he saw something punk rock that he could slip through the system ... he pounced.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 21, 2012, on page 16.
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