Death of Richard Donner: Spielberg, Gibson, Kevin Feige and others pay tribute to him

Death of Richard Donner: Spielberg, Gibson, Kevin Feige and others pay tribute to him
Death of Richard Donner: Spielberg, Gibson, Kevin Feige and others pay tribute to him

The announcement of the death on Monday of Richard Donner, a highly respected filmmaker in the Hollywood landscape, at the age of 91, logically sparked a wave of tributes and emotion.

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It’s a big name in pop culture that just died out. The American Richard Donner, director of the Lethal Weapon saga, the first Superman or the adventure comedy The Goonies, died this Monday at the age of 91. Information communicated by his wife Lauren Schuler Donner, who did not reveal the causes of death.

If Richard Donner was never an author, he was on the other hand one of the most seasoned and respected craftsmen in the Hollywood landscape. The announcement of his death logically sparked a shower of tributes.

Starting with that of his old accomplice and friend, Steven Spielberg. “Dick had such a powerful mastery of his films and was so good in so many genres” remembers the filmmaker, who wrote the story about which The Goonies is based, in a statement.

“Being in your circle was akin to spending time with your favorite trainer, the smartest teacher, the fiercest motivator, the most endearing friend, the most loyal ally and, of course, the greatest Goonie of all. […] I can’t believe he’s gone, but his hoarse, warm laugh will always stay with me. “

Sean Astin, unforgettable Mickey Walsh of the gang Goonies, greeted the memory of the filmmaker, “which had the biggest and most powerful voice you can imagine. He knew how to capture attention and make laugh like no other. […] What I felt about him as a 12 year old was that he cared about others. […]” writes the comedian on his Twitter account, ending his post with the band’s rallying cry: “Goonies Never Say Die”.

“It is with great sadness and a horribly heavy heart that I share the tragic news concerning my dear friend, mentor, a true father […] He was there in times of my life when no one else was there for me “ wrote Corey Feldman, aka Bagoo, of the Goonies, in a series of Tweets.

Drew Struzan, the legendary poster maker of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s favorite films, had just created several posters for Richard Donner, including the cult one of the Goonies, but also that of the formidable fantasy film, Ladyhawke. “Thank you for the fun, the magic, the scares, the adventure and the joy that you brought us. You will be missed.”

Headliner of the saga of The lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson toured with Donner four opuses of the franchise, but also the thriller Plots, released in 1997, as well as the western comedy Maverick, where he was partnered with Jodie Foster.

In a press release sent to site Deadline, Gibson remembers a “magnanimous person in heart and soul” : “Give! My friend, my mentor. The things I could learn from him! He shaped his talent and his greatness with a tremendous amount of humility, speaking of himself as a” simple traffic cop. ” .

He left his ego at the door and demanded the same of others. He was magnanimous in heart and soul, which he generously offered to all who knew him. […] I will miss him very much, with all his mischievous mind and wisdom. “

Gibson’s accomplice in the saga of The lethal Weapon, Danny Glover, alias Roger Murtaugh, a “broken heart”. “Working with Dick Donner, Mel Gibson and the Lethal Weapon team has been one of the highlights of my career.

I will be forever grateful to him for Dick’s concern for me, my life and my family. We were friends and loved each other far beyond the collaboration for the screen and the success that Lethal Weapon has brought us. I will miss him so much “ wrote the comedian in a statement.

Edgar Wright, a great admirer of the filmmaker, appropriately greeted the late artist. “Richard Donner’s big heart and beaming charm have shone in his films through the remarkable performances of his cast, which is no small feat.” writes Wright on his Twitter account.

“You remember all the characters from Superman, Lethal Weapon, the Goonies and more because Donner knew how to capture that magic onscreen.”

Tribute from Marvel Studios

Kevin Feige, CEO of Marvel Studios, gave a nice tribute, highlighting the impact Richard Donner had on his career. “Richard Donner not only made me believe that a man could fly, he made me believe that comic book characters could come to life on the big screen with heart, humor, humanity and verisimilitude.

Above all, he taught me that it can and should be done with respect, kindness and kindness to everyone in front of and behind the camera. Dick and Lauren became mentors early in my career and key supporters throughout the birth of the MCU.

I owe my career to the way they took the time to educate and teach a kid in New Jersey who didn’t know how to use a fax machine or make coffee very well. I always thought Dick was immortal. I still know it. My thoughts are with Lauren and the whole family. “

For his part, actor – director Kevin Smith, a great geek in front of the Eternal, tweeted that “Richard Donner made a kid out of the devil in The Curse, invented the modern comic book movie with Superman, and reinvented the buddy movie with Lethal Weapon. I met him last year about a project. . He was a born storyteller. Thanks for all the movies, Dick! “

James Mangold, who is currently busy boxing Indiana Jones 5, reacted to the news of the death, stressing the importance of the word “likelihood” : “In my opinion, that word encapsulates the first priority and purpose of a director, regardless of genre or style. And Dick Donner has achieved that time and time again, in all kinds of movies. is not easy. It takes art. RIP Richard Donner “.

Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, Ladyhawke, The Curse… It is a certain know-how, and a Hollywood efficiency, which disappear with Richard Donner “ wrote La Cinémathèque française on its twitter account. We could sadly also add that, for many, a whole part of our cinephilic youth is gone …

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