For those of us who know Tony Scott only through his work, it’s difficult to reconcile his exuberant, action-packed movies and thought-provoking TV shows with his shocking suicide on Sunday. (Note: ABC News is now reporting that Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer before his death). That’s why we thought it would be a good time to focus on the positive — all the great things he brought us in his four-plus decades as a director and producer. Sure, his movies, from 1986’s Top Gun through 2010’s Unstoppable weren’t the stuff of Oscar nods and critics’ raves, but they were FUN. And in recent years, his work as a TV producer of shows such as The Good Wife saw him balance that entertainment factor with plenty of critical kudos.
In my super early days as an entertainment writer, I had a chance to interview Scott about a little-seen (and canceled after three episodes) TV show called AFP: American Fighter Pilot. What sticks with me about that brief phone call was how excited he was about the project — this veteran of the industry was hyped about a little reality show! — and how willing he was to dip back into nostalgia for Top Gun. In celebration of Scott’s enthusiasm for his own work, look back at some our faves, and then vote for your own!
[Photos: Paramount Pictures, CBS, Morgan Creek Productions]
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