33 Facts About Ridley Scott

1. Ridley Scott paid tribute to his late brother Tony at the 2016 Golden Globes, after his film, The Martian, won Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy.

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2. Ridley Scott worked with British visual effects company The Mill for the film's computer-generated imagery, and the film was dedicated to Oliver Reed who died during filming—The Mill created a digital body double for Reed's remaining scenes.

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3. Ridley Scott was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007.

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4. Ridley Scott admitted feeling "stunned and truly humbled" after the ceremony, saying, "As a boy growing up in South Shields, I could never have imagined that I would receive such a special recognition.

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5. Ridley Scott received his accolade from Queen Elizabeth II at a investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 8 July 2003.

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6. Ridley Scott was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 2003 New Year Honours for services to the British film industry.

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7. Ridley Scott is known for his enthusiasm for the DVD format, providing audio commentaries and interviews for all his films where possible.

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8. Ridley Scott paid tribute to his late brother Tony at the 2016 Golden Globes, after his film, The Martian, won Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy.

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9. Ridley Scott has dedicated several of his films in memory of his family: Blade Runner to his brother Frank, Black Hawk Down to his mother, and The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings to his brother Tony.

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10. Ridley Scott divides his time between homes in London, France, and Los Angeles.

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11. Ridley Scott was married to Felicity Heywood from 1964 to 1975.

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12. Ridley Scott was an executive producer of the first season of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle.

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13. In January 2016, Ridley Scott was in early negotiations to direct the screen version of the 1968 British TV series The Prisoner.

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14. Ridley Scott informed the Variety publication in November 2014 that he was no longer the director for the film and would only fulfill a producer's role.

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15. In 2012, Ridley Scott produced the commercial for Lady Gaga's fragrance, "Fame.

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16. Ridley Scott directed a revisionist adaptation of Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian.

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17. Ridley Scott took over the project in early 2006, and had screenwriter Steven Zaillian rewrite his script to focus on the dynamic between Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts.

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18. In 2003, Ridley Scott directed a smaller scale project, Matchstick Men, adapted from the novel by Eric Garcia and starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman.

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19. Ridley Scott worked with British visual effects company The Mill for the film's computer-generated imagery, and the film was dedicated to Oliver Reed who died during filming—The Mill created a digital body double for Reed's remaining scenes.

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20. Ridley Scott made Someone to Watch Over Me, a romantic thriller starring Tom Berenger and Mimi Rogers in 1987, and Black Rain, a police drama starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia, shot partially in Japan.

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21. Ridley Scott had a forest set built on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, with trees 60 feet high and trunks 30 feet in diameter.

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22. In 1985, Ridley Scott directed Legend, a fantasy film produced by Arnon Milchan.

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23. In 1984, Ridley Scott directed a big-budget television commercial, "1984", to launch Apple's Macintosh computer.

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24. Ridley Scott has described Blade Runner as his "most complete and personal film".

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25. In 1991, Ridley Scott's notes were used by Warner Brothers to create a rushed director's cut which removed the main character's voiceover and made a number of other small changes, including to the ending.

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26. Ridley Scott was involved in the 2003 restoration and re-release of the original film.

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27. Ridley Scott made the decision to switch Ellen Ripley from the standard male action hero to a heroine.

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28. In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates, a film and commercial production company.

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29. Ridley Scott was originally assigned to design the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks, which would have entailed realising the serial's eponymous alien creatures.

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30. In February 1963 Ridley Scott was named in title credits as "Designer" for the BBC television programme Tonight, about the severe winter of 1963.

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31. Ridley Scott went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, contributing to college magazine ARK and helping to establish the college film department.

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32. Ridley Scott studied at Grangefield Grammar School and West Hartlepool College of Art from 1954 to 1958, obtaining a diploma in design.

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33. In 2003, Ridley Scott was knighted for his "services to the British film industry".

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