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The inclusive and impossibly lively film director was a true original

Tony Scott directed Keira Knightley in the 2005 action film Domino.

Tony Scott was an extraordinary man.

They say he held the record for the fastest speeding ticket in Los Angeles – 170mph on a motorbike along Pacific Coast highway. They say he totalled two Porsches along Sunset Strip. I don't know if any of that's true and I don't care. He was a man people liked to tell stories about.

I knew Tony for three months, seven years ago, when I worked with him on Domino. Every second I spent with him was a privilege. I remember him standing in the Nevada desert at sunrise wearing his ever-present red baseball cap, mountain climbing shorts, holding a cigar in his hand. He smoked them all day long. I remember his excitement behind the monitor, jumping around like a hyperactive six-year-old, shouting encouragement all through a take. »

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