Do you remember Maverick throwing his dad's dog tags into the ocean? What about Denzel Washington's character in Man On Fire cleansing his fatal wound in a swimming pool so he can stay alive long enough to save a little girl.
Or what about in True Romance when the FBI, the Mafia and about three other crime and crime fighting organizations point guns at each other in an ultimate showdown.
These were all scenes crafted by Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley Scott.
In a way, I always felt Tony Scott was more in touch and funnier than his lofty and successful brother.
I remember listening to director's commentary of Man On Fire. With his raspy voice that I had never heard before, Scott recounted his adventures in Mexico City while filming this movie. He told the story of jumping into a closed-down public pool and being sick days afterwards and of almost being mauled by a gang of young boys somewhere in the city while trying to film some gritty action.
He sounded like someone who was always interested in adventure and reluctant to grow up.
He has had a hand in shaping Hollywood just as much as anyone, and I pray for him. I am sorry for the pain that he was going through and that he felt jumping off a bridge was the only way to end it. Sadly, he most likely will be missed more than he will ever know. Sometimes the most wonderful and influential people are the most critical of themselves. Suicide sometimes takes some of the finest human beings.
I can only hope that Scott's soul is at rest and that young film makers take into consideration his large and wonderful body of work.
Rest In Peace.
'Top Gun' director Tony Scott's family asks for privacy after his death
The family of Tony Scott is asking for privacy after the "Top Gun" director jumped to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon.
"I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time," a spokesman said in an emailed statement.
Scott jumped off the bridge about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Law enforcement sources said officials looked inside the car he left behind and determined that it belonged to the famed movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was in the car.
A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Scott's identity Sunday evening,
Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, directed "Top Gun," "Enemy of the State," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "Crimson Tide."
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner's office.
Witnesses told police that Scott parked his Toyota Prius on the bridge, scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.
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Photo: Director Tony Scott speaks onstage before a screening of "Top Gun" on May 17, 2010. Credit: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images