This is devastating. Legendary director/screenwriter Curtis Hanson has died at his Hollywood home from an apparent massive heart attack. According to TMZ, paramedics were called to the scene Sept. 20 and he was pronounced dead. Curtis was a beloved Hollywood figure, directing Eminem‘s autobiographical film 8 Mile, and won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for the absolutely brilliant neo-noir crime drama L.A. Confidential, which he also directed.
Curtis began his Hollywood career back in 1970 when he wrote the film The Dunwich Horror and went on to keep writing and later directing films throughout the decade. He proved himself particularly adept at thrillers, with 1992’s evil nanny drama The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and 1994’s Meryl Streep river rafting of doom flick The River Wild.
But it was getting Eminem’s amazing and true life story to the big screen that many in this generation will remember fondly. 8 Mile showed off the rapper’s electrifying acting skills and Curtis told the tale so brilliantly with the film. Who can ever forget the epic climax of the film where Rabbit battles Papa Doc in an classic rap war. Man, that scene was so brilliant and must have been such a thrill to direct.
Curtis also helmed Michael Douglas‘ classic film Wonder Boys and Cameron Diaz‘s 2005 drama In Her Shoes. His most recent work included the 2011 banking collapse scandal drama Too Big To Fail for HBO and the 2012 feature Chasing Mavericks about legendary big wave surfer Jay Moriarty.
Hollywood stars and film critics mourned his passing on Twitter after the news broke:
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