Witnesses Shopping Tony Scott Suicide Video Footage To Mediaby: Posted:
People can be such sick, sick little monkeys sometimes.
It's comforting to hope this isn't true, but witnesses to "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder" director Tony Scott's suicidal Sunday leap have been reportedly shopping their amateur video of his final moments to media outlets, Perez Hilton reports via TMZ.
In a moment reports indicate was as brief as it was shocking, the 68-year-old Scott parked his Toyota Prius on San Perdo, Calif.'s Vincent Thomas Bridge Sunday, walked to a fence at the bridge's edge and jumped to his death into the waters below. Among the witnesses, several couldn't resist brandishing cell phones and recording the tragic incident. A local business' surveillance camera incidentally captured Scott's leap and one onlooker's footage allegedly captures Scott crouching right before his jump, TMZ reports.
For what it's worth, TMZ representatives claim someone from the site has seen the footage but refused to purchase it. For his part, neither apparently did Hilton.
Scott was best known as a maker of action-heavy thrillers, a predecessor to today's kingpin of the same style, Michael Bay. In addition to directing Tom Cruise's iconic fighter-pilot turn in 1986's "Top Gun," Scott directed Cruise and future wife Nicole Kidman in 1990's racing drama "Days of Thunder." His resume also included the Gene Hackman-Denzel Washington submarine drama "Crimson Tide" and the romantic crime movie "True Romance."
"He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable," Cruise said. "My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."