Jodie, Hopkins pay tribute to Jonathan Demme

One of Jonathan Demme's Last Projects Was Directing Tonight's Episode of 'Shots Fired'

Demme won his only Oscar for directing the 1991 thriller, which starred Sir Anthony Hopkins as the murderous doctor Hannibal Lecter and Foster.

Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said on Wednesday.

Foster, who won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Clarice Starling in The Silence Of The Lambs, said: "I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him".

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Demme may be considered one of the most eclectic directors in Hollywood history - directing rousing comedies, horror, concert films and emotional dramas. "He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative", she said. In his early twenties, Demme wrote rock music reviews for the Boston newspaper Fusion, and decades later, in a 2012 Rolling Stones interview, said, "Shooting live music is the most purely cinematic thing you can do". (I have to add that the renegade Nickelodeon series on which I was originating director, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, never could have boasted a soundtrack featuring Yo La Tengo and Magnetic Fields were it not for Demme's influence, not to mentions cameos from Iggy Pop and LL Cool J.) Something Wild is at once exuberant and edgy, as much of an identity shape-shifter as its heroine, indelibly embodied by Melanie Griffith. But what was even more Demme was the nature of the music I'd used in the movie I was about to show, which ranged from Pylon to Santigold to Syd Straw.

He also directed Philadelphia, Something Wild, Rachel Getting Married and the landmark concert documentary Stop Making Sense featuring Talking Heads. A massive success, Philadelphia was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two - best actor (Tom Hanks) and best original song (Bruce Springsteen). With director Demme and all the principal actors reportedly keen on doing the follow-up that Thomas is now writing, it shouldn't be long before thriller fans are lucky enough to see Starling and Lecter in action again. In the latter, an HIV-positive white-shoe attorney unfairly dismissed from his firm persuades a homophobic African-American lawyer to represent him after both men recognize that the intolerance of others has not let them be fully seen.

Most recently Demme directed the Meryl Streep-led comedy Ricki and the Flash in 2015 and the Justin Timberlake concert documentary Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids previous year.

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"Ted Demme and I were anxious about making The Ref when his uncle Jonathan Demme said something profound: 'Stop talking and start shooting.'" - actor Denis Leary via Twitter. You, master of humanity. "But I've discovered that when I shoot music, I actually feel like I've become part of the band and I have something to do with the creation of music, which is a very good feeling for someone who loves music as much as I do". You are truly irreplaceable.

"The time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me". She survives him along with three children, Brooklyn, Ramona and Jos. And I've nothing against that because I love (laughter) I love fictional movies, but the excitement of wading into, quote, unquote, "reality" and just finding out what happens.

"I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker - I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa".

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