Tony Scott committed suicide in 2012, at the age of 68, while suffering from cancer …
Over a long interview with the American magazine The Hollywood Reporter, director Ridley Scott today looks back on its successes (House of Gucci) and failures (The Last Duel) of the year 2021, thus summarizing his vision of the 7th art and the Box-office: “In fact, we know how bad it is!“
And then by retracing his career, the British filmmaker knighted by the Queen in 2003, remembers his brother and colleague, Tony Scott. The director of Top Gun died in 2012, at the age of 68, by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro in Los Angeles. An injury that never leaves Ridley, who seems to blame himself for the tragedy: “He might not have done it if I had been there …“he said to THR.”I was only away for a month. We were very close. “
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Car Ridley Scott – who also lost his older brother, Frank, in 1980, when he joined the merchant navy – had known fragile Tony for some time. Since he was facing the disease again. Indeed, all his life the youngest of the siblings had to fight against cancer. The first from the age of 21. Testicular cancer “defeated at the time thanks to an early and extremely powerful form of chemotherapy “, recalls Ridley, who said that Tony “has recovered dramatically“, becoming a mountaineering enthusiast, climbing twice the Mount El Capitan, in Yosemite Park. Then the cancer reappeared when the filmmaker had just passed the sixties mark.
And this time, he only got away with the removal of half of the pelvis. “Suddenly, he couldn’t climb at all”, resumes Ridley Scott. “I think he felt that something had been taken away from him psychologically. I was watching him very closely and I was aware that it was wrong … And that’s when I lost him. “