Scorsese honours Newman

Martin Scorsese has joined the list of celebrities paying tribute to movie icon Paul Newman, stating the history of film is "unthinkable" without the late actor.

Scorsese directed Newman in 'The Colour of Money', and recalls fondly the "precious" memories he has of working with the icon, who lost his battle with cancer on Friday.

He says: "It's a great loss, in so many ways. The history of movies without Paul Newman? It's unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies - where would we be without him?

"In 'The Hustler' or 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' or 'The Verdict' or 'Nobody's Fool', to name just a few pictures that come to mind, he's more than just iconic. In those movies and in many, many others, he created characters that are lasting and durable.

"His powerful eloquence, his consummate sense of craft, so consummate that you didn't see any sense of effort up there on the screen, set a new standard.

"But in addition to being a great actor, one of the greatest really, he was also such a fine, caring man. I will miss him greatly."

Movie couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon have also joined those paying tribute to Newman.

In a statement, Robbins says: "The world has lost an angel.... He was always a hero of mine both as an actor and as a man, and it was an honour to have known his wonderful spirit, to act with him, to laugh with him, and to sit in the passenger seat while he drove 100 mph with mischief in his eyes."

And Sarandon adds: "Paul Newman was a class act; smart, sexy, generous and kind. He was committed equally to justice and pranks. He was something you don't hear mentioned often these days; a good man. He taught me to appreciate the home grown tomato, championship badminton and chamber music. He will be missed."

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