R.I.P. Tony Scott: 'Top Gun' made me believe in love
No movie taught me about love more than the 1986 classic Top Gun--so I was saddened to hear of the director Tony Scott's apparent suicide over the weekend. I'm a child of the 80s, so I obsessed over my Cabbage Patch kids, practiced my English with the Inspector Gadget cartoon, and watched all the requisite Molly Ringwald teen movies. But still, nothing touched me the way the Top Gun managed to.
Scott teamed up with his brother Ridley (another powerhouse director and producer) to create Scott Free productions and bring us tons of films that have taken their rightful place in American pop culture. Top Gun was an entity in itself and really defined the 80s for me--and, of course, began my generation of women's life-long love of Tom Cruise (which still remains intact even after Scientology, furniture-jumping and this whole Katie Holmes debacle).
Maverick was that knight in shining armor we all dreamed about--the loner, risk-taker, inhabiting the edges of bad, but still able to be sensitive enough to mourn his friend Goose's death so much that it affect him deeply and almost cost him his place in the pilot's academy. He NEEDS his Charlie, played in the movie my Kelly McGillis, a more color-inside-the-lines type (like me!) to love him and eventually rescue him. The movie is a love story for the ages--at least to me and a million other women my age, all of us literally blown away by the planes and captivated by Maverick and Charlie's love.
The news of his passing is especially sad because Tony took his own life, a result, reports are suggesting, of his despair at being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. The famed director reportedly left two suicide notes--one in his car with names and numbers for his family and another one in his office to his family--and jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, outside of L.A. at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Just goes to show that no matter how successful or charmed a life can look from the outside, you never really know what's going on in somebody else's life. I feel especially bad for the wife and twin sons he left behind.
Thanks for leaving us all these wonderful films, Mr. Scott, and sorry we did not get to see more of your genius.
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