Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Tony Scott Stars in Ridley Scott’s “Boy and Bicycle”

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, The Back Row has been gaga for ages about the release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, so I thought I’d take you all the way back to see how the man behind Alien got his start. While he was a photography student at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1960s, Ridley made a 27-minute black-and-white 16 mm short film called Boy and Bicycle. It tells the story of a teenage boy skipping school and riding his bicycle around town while he ponders the meaning of life. And, yes, that is Ridley’s equally successful director brother, Tony Scott, playing the boy. I expect to see the director to release a modernized remake with Russell Crowe riding around on his bicycle any day now.

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