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Richard Donner Who Directed Films Like ‘Lethal Weapon’ & ‘Superman’ Dies At 91

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The entire Hollywood is mourning the sudden and unfortunate demise of the ace film director Richard Donner. He will be remembered for directing so many remarkable films like ‘Superman’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’. He passed away at the age of 91 on Monday.

After his demise, hundreds of ace filmmaker came forward to give their tribute to the departing soul and of course, a great filmmaker.

Film director Steven Spielberg who had previously written the script for a film directed by Donner titled ‘The Goonies’ was among many others who remembered him. This is what he said while remembering him.

“He had such a powerful command of his movies and was so gifted across so many genres. Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favorite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friend, staunchest ally, and — of course — the greatest Goonie of all,” Spielberg pointed out.

“He was all kid. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always.” He added.

Another film that Donner directed was one of the most appreciated one titled ‘Lethal Weapon’ series.

Mel Gibson who starred in the film series like ‘Conspiracy Theory’ and ‘lethal Weapon’ opposite Julia Roberts were also among those who mourned the sudden demise of the legendary director in their respective statements.

“Donner! My friend, my mentor. Oh, the things I learned from him! He undercut his own talent and greatness with a huge chunk of humility referring to himself as ‘merely a traffic cop.’ He left his ego at the door and required that of others,” Mel stated.

“He was magnanimous of heart and soul, which he liberally gave to all who knew him. If we piled up all the good deeds he did, it would stretch to some uncharted place in the firmament. I will sorely miss him, with all his mischievous wit and wisdom.” He further added.

Among celebrities and stars, close friends and family members also paid their huge respect and tribute to the director.

Edgar Wright, who’s the director of ‘The Sparks Brothers’ took his time to write a lengthy note to the impact created by Donner on film industry. This is what he wrote.

“Richard Donner’s big heart & effervescent charm shone in his movies through the remarkable performances of his cast, which is no mean feat. You remember all the characters in Superman, Lethal Weapon, The Goonies & more, because Donner knew how to capture that magic onscreen,” he wrote.

In the same way, Kevin Feige, who’s the director of Marvel Studios said in his statement, “Richard Donner not only made me believe a man could fly, but he also made me believe that comic characters could be brought to life on the big screen with heart, humor, humanity and verisimilitude. Above all, he taught me that it can and must be done with respect, caring, and kindness to everyone in front of and behind the camera.”

This is what he further added to his story, “Dick and Lauren became mentors during my early career and key supporters throughout the birth of the MCU. I owe my career to the way they took the time to nurture and teach a kid from 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 do. My thoughts are with Lauren and the entire family.”

In the same way, producer and actor Ben Stiller tweeted, “Richard Donner made big-time movies. Movies that remain in our consciousness. That never has been and never is easy. Always admired his work.”

Richard Donner was one Hollywood director who delivered a plethora of iconic films like ‘The Omen’. It was one of the most admired cult classic horror movies of 1976.

Some of his other movies include ‘Timeline’, ’16 Blocks’, Assassins’, ‘Ladyhawke’, ‘Maverick’, ‘The Toy’, ‘Scrooged’, ‘Lethal Weapon’ movie series, ‘Goonies’, ‘The Omen’, ‘Superman’ series and many more.



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