Scott cancer rumour denied

The widow of British film director Tony Scott has denied reports that her husband had inoperable brain cancer, according to Hollywood website TMZ.

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Tony Scott: 'Ridley had a huge influence'

Speaking on Film 4 about his career, Tony Scott once said:

"I love reaching in and touching these worlds I've never touched before...it's fun, it's exciting."

He described his artistic background: "I was a painter - I spent eight years at art school painting, and I still think like a painter. Directing is very similar."

"There's a lot of people out there that influence me - my brother had a huge influence, Ridley's a little older than I am and I helped him make his first movie," he said.

Born in North Shields, his north-eastern accent is still audible despite having lived and worked in California for decades.

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