UPDATED: Tributes to Tony Scott from the Hollywood community have been pouring in following the director-producer’s tragic death. They include remembrances by the stars of the TV series he produced: The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and Numbers‘ David Krumholtz. Numbers marked the first TV series for Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. It was followed by CBS’ acclaimed legal drama The Good Wife, with the duo also behind The Pillars Of The Earth limited series and its sequel, World Without End, History’s Gettysburg special and the upcoming A&E miniseries Coma, which debuts in two weeks, on Labor Day. (There are no plans to shift the premiere date in light of Tony Scott’s passing.) CBS and CBS Studios, the network and studio behind both Numbers and The Good Wife, also issued a statement (below):
ER alumna Julianna Margulies scored a rare second successful TV series with The Good Wife, which has earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. Here is her statement released to Deadline:
I was so deeply saddened to hear the news today of Tony Scott’s death.
I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past 4 years on The Good Wife and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful producer. His kindness, intelligence and talent inspired all of us. We will miss him every day. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
“He was wild and big and crazy and uncontrollable and he gave it his all, every moment, because he believed in his crew, his cast, and the show,” Krumholtz wrote on Twitter. “It saddens me that something inside him told him to take his incredible life spirit away from us, from the film making community.” Numbers also marked a rare TV directing stint for feature director Tony Scott, who directed an episode of the crime drama. Here is Krumholtz’s recollection of his time working with Scott:
So, I was delivering one of my long Math-based monologues (called Charlie-Visions on the Numb3rs set), in the first episode of Season 4, the one guest starring Val Kilmer, the one directed by the late great Tony Scott. I had come to know Tony as a warm, enthusiastic and whimsical general with great vision and pride for his work and for the art of action. He lit me from overhead, I had not been lit that way before on the show. I had big bushy long hair, that made it impossible to see my eyes, unless I was looking up and directly into the light. After a few takes, I still couldn’t get it right. It felt odd to look up while I was talking to the seated FBI agents in the room. Finally, Tony walked in and said, “David, just imagine that you’re talking to God. And God has all the money. In order to get the money, you gotta talk to God. GOD AND MONEY!!! GOD AND MONEY!!!” He skipped off set, in the way that he did, keeping me energized, and firmly strapped into his roller coaster ride of film making. He spent way more money than he should have on shooting that episode. He had ACTUAL Vietnamese gangbangers, whom he knew personally, play themselves on the show. He was wild and big and crazy and uncontrollable and he gave it his all, every moment, because he believed in his crew, his cast, and the show. It saddens me that something inside him told him to take his incredible life spirit away from us, from the film making community. May he rest in peace. What a great dude.
Here is a statement from CBS and CBS Studios:
One of the brightest lights in the industry has gone out. Tony was an accomplished creative and passionate producer and director. As an executive producer of Numb3rs, and most recently The Good Wife, he was a longtime friend of CBS, and we are deeply shocked and saddened over this loss. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.