Troubling news that Tony Scott, director of adrenaline-pumped action films like “Unstoppable,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Domino,” “Man on Fire,” “Deja Vu,” “Enemy of the State” and Tom Cruise pop culture touchstones “Top Gun” and “Days of Thunder,” jumped to his death from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor last night. He was 68.
There is no obvious reason for the sudden suicide, and I won’t idly speculate on a topic I know nothing about. Police confirm they have found a suicide note in Mr. Scott’s office and further notes to his loved ones in his car parked on the bridge.
Along with his brother Ridley (“Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “Prometheus,” “Black Hawk Down”), Mr. Scott ran Scott Free Productions, a successful film and TV production company. This is another case where I won’t retroactively claim a love for the man’s films, but he was certainly an energetic, popular filmmaker who didn’t deserve such a tragic end.