In 1986, before Tom Cruise’s name became synonymous with Scientology, he appeared in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun. Who could forget the infamous volleyball game scene of Maverick, Iceman and Stiller with their sweat-drenched abs?
We have visionary filmmaker Tony Scott to thank for giving us that wonderful scene. The British born Tony Scott was the younger brother of legendary director, Ridley Scott. He collaborated with his brother, Ridley as a producer on many top television shows and films. Tony Scott was responsible for making Top Gun the highest grossing movie in 1986 and also re-teamed with Cruise for Days of Thunder. He directed a long list of hit movies such as Crimson Tide, The Last Boy Scout, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, and Unstoppable.
The Huffington Post reported the 68-year-old Scott, who lived in Los Angeles was reportedly diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. On Sunday, Scott took his own life by jumping off a bridge. A suicide note was found in his office and instructions for contacting his family were found in his car.
The action packed movies he made inspired his own thrill-seeking tendencies in his life. He was a mountain climber and racecar driver. Scott once revealed in an interview that filmmaking was the most dangerous and scary thing he could do in his life.
“The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life,” Scott said in an interview for his 1995 naval adventure “Crimson Tide.” “The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It’s the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through.”
Hollywood and the world will mourn the loss of this legendary filmmaker but he will forever be remembered by the wonderful movies he gave us.