Denzel Washington Among Film Community Mourning Tragic Passing Of Tony Scott

The film community is waking up to the shocking news of Tony Scott’s tragic death. Some filmmakers reacted on their Twitter accounts–Ron Howard wrote “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day”–and there will likely be reactions from Guilds and from stars, directors, producers and studios that Scott worked with during his long career. Deadline will bring them to you as they come in. There are speculative reports about Scott’s death and I’m just not biting until I can confirm them. Tony’s brother Ridley left the set of The Counselor, the film he’s directing. It has been shut down for at least a week, so he could travel from London to Hollywood and handle his brother’s affairs. I will have answers soon and will convey them when I’m sure. Here are some of the tributes so far:

* Denzel Washington, who made the spectacular Man on Fire with Scott as well as Crimson Tide, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable, has just released a statement on the late director: “Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone. He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance. My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family.”

* EARLIER: 12:3O PM: Tom Cruise, who made Top Gun and Days Of Thunder with Scott and who told me recently that he was confident he and Scott would be reteaming soon for a Top Gun sequel, just issued this statement: “Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”

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* Joe Carnahan, who clearly feels he owes his career to Scott, has been pouring out a steady stream of tributes to his mentor through Twitter. I completely agree with his characterization of Man On Fire as a masterpiece: “When we finally take the true measure of Tony’s Scott’s influence and talent, we’ll build monuments to what it meant to all of us…Tony always favored me with Monte Cristo #2’s, his smoke of choice, especially after he quit. I’ll burn an entire box tonight in his honor… ‘Man On Fire’ is a masterpiece. This is Tony on the cusp of 60, pulling off something that his peers would be at a loss to even attempt…I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career. A career I wouldn’t have without Tony Scott’s persistence, love and relentless support. Tony GAVE me my commercial career at a time when when the marquee should’ve said: “Films by Tony Scott, John Woo & Who The Fuck Is That Guy…” Tony’s influence on a generation of filmmakers is colossal. There isn’t a more commercially successful director who pushed the form like him…Tony Scott as a Director was Sui Generis. Tony Scott as a friend and a mentor was irreplaceable. Tone, wherever you are, I love you man. RIP.”

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* EARLIER, 11:02 AM: Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman/CEO Tom Rothman, who worked with Scott on so many films as Fox is the home studio for Scott Free, said: “ I had the privilege knowing Tony Scott well and working with him on many projects. The relationship was one of the great blessings of my life, as, in addition to his skill and professionalism, he was quite simply a wonderful man, generous, kind hearted and gracious. If there is a rock face in Heaven, I know he is climbing in with joy today, but this world will miss him terribly.”

* EARLIER: 5:55 AM: Here is a statement from Directors UK on the passing of one of their own:

Directors UK is saddened to hear of the death of British director Tony Scott. Charles Sturridge, Directors UK Chairman made the following statement on hearing the news:

“Tony Scott was a brilliant British director with an extraordinary ability to create energy on screen, both in action and in the creation of character with films like ‘True Romance’, ‘Man On Fire’ and ‘Enemy of The State’. He will be greatly missed.”

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