Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Lethal Weapon’ Director Richard Donner – The Hollywood Reporter


In the wake of Richard Donner’s death on Monday, a number of Hollywood figures took to social media to share tributes to the Lethal Weapon film director, who died at age 91.

Donner’s lengthy body of work included four Lethal Weapons films along with The Goonies, Superman with Christopher Reeve, Inside Moves, 16 Blocks and numerous others.

The Goonies star Sean Astin was among the first to remember the director, taking to Twitter to share a message. “Richard Donner had the biggest, boomiest voice you could imagine,” wrote the actor. “He commanded attention and he laughed like no man has ever laughed before. Dick was so much fun. What I perceived in him, as a 12 year old kid, is that he cared. I love how much he cared.”

Edgar Wright wrote in a three-part tribute: “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 continued, “One Donner film I saw young & return to often is The Omen. Because it’s oft imitated, it doesn’t get the credit for being a perfectly paced & performed horror movie. I think of it as the first 80’s movie in the 70’s. David Warner’s story in it is burned in my mind forever.”

Wright signed off with, “I only met Richard once and he was funny, charming and so full of stories (and happy to indulge my geeky questions). I’m sad I’ll never get to meet him again.”

Girl Interrupted director James Mangold wrote, “To my mind this word captures the first priority and goal of a film director, regardless of genre or style. And Dick Donner achieved it time and time again, in all sorts of films. It’s not easy. It takes artistry. RIP Richard Donner.”

Ben Stiller remembered the filmmaker as someone who “made big time movies.” The actor wrote, “Movies that remain in our consciousness. That never has been and never is easy. Always admired his work.”

In a message shared on Twitter via Amblin, Steven Spielberg wrote of Donner: “Dick had such a powerful command of his movies and was so gifted across so many genres,” Spielberg said in a statement. “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. 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.”

“Hard to imagine another director with as much tonal breadth as Richard Donner, who nailed it every time no matter the genre,” wrote Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta on Twitter. “Who else could’ve made both THE GOONIES and THE OMEN? LETHAL WEAPON and SCROOGED? And a SUPERMAN for the ages. He made so many of my favorite movies. RIP.”

Read these tributes and more, below.





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