Director Tony Scott killed himself in an apparent suicide by jumping off a Los Angeles bridge yesterday, and Hollywood as well as moviegoers who enjoyed his films—Top Gun, Man on Fire, True Romance, Unstoppable, The Hunger, to name a few—are mourning the loss. One of Scott's more recent projects was the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and the MTA just Tweeted, "RIP #TonyScott. Pleasure working with you on remaking of Pelham 123. Thanks for making system look so good!"
Scott was given extensive access to the MTA's system and trains—in 2009, he told CinemaBlend, "They gave me the opportunity to use real toys and real trains in the subway. What we shot in the motorman’s booth with Travolta was on stage, but everything else is real. All other movies where you see them on subways they make them build sets, and it’s very hard to catch the real feel, and you always sense there’s something not quite right, or something wrong. I think they gave me full-on cooperation here because the original was one of New York’s favorite movies."
When the interviewer mentions how the subways are "so dusty and moldy down there. I can’t imagine spending months filming down there!", Scott replied, "No, I loved it down there. But I’m from the northeast of England, which is depressed mining and shipbuilding, so I grew up in this." Scott would take over 150 cast and crew members into the subway system and he was also allowed to visited the MTA's control room, "It’s like NASA. I can’t tell you where it is, otherwise I’ll have to kill you! It was difficult for us to get in there because of the security - somebody could get in there and target the subways. I went in there on a Sunday morning, a hundred people, it’s the size of a football field - three stories high - and you could’ve heard a pin drop. Everybody’s on headsets, in suits, so I just took it right from that, and that’s what we did in our movie."
And in a 2009 interview with The Guardian, Scott said, "I function off fear and the most scary thing I do is shooting movies."