Joel Schumacher will forever be known as the man behind a pair of 1990s Batman movies, but the writer and director did so much more than that. The announcement of his death yesterday took so many by surprise, but it has all resulted in a massive outpouring of admiration and thanks for the accomplished filmmaker that has run the gamut from Jim Carrey to Matthew McConaughey.
Jim Carrey was cast as Edward Nygma in Batman Forever and the comedian and actor took to Twitter to call his former director a friend as well as heroic.
The latter two Batman films from the '90s get a lot of flack but limiting one's perspective of Joel Schumacher to those films alone would be a mistake. He also directed '80s classics St. Elmo's Fire, and The Lost Boys as well as other popular films like Flatliners and Falling Down.
He's also the man who can be credited with launching the career of Matthew McConaughey, and that's not just this writer's opinion. The actor himself spoke to Variety following the news of Joel Schumacher's death, and said that he owes his career to the director.
Joel Schumacher directed Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill, and cast the relative unknown in the lead alongside the likes of Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. McConaughey credits Joel Schumacher for taking a chance on him, even going so far as to screen test the actor in secret, in an attempt to protect McConaughey's young career. According to the actor...
The secrecy would not be necessary. Matthew McConaughey did get the role in A Time to Kill and that decision turned the actor into the leading man that he is today. It's difficult to imagine how things would have been different if the studio had ultimately decided not to go with the actor who at that moment was best known for a comedic turn in Dazed and Confused. McConaughey himself can't imagine his life and career turning out the same way without the support of Schumacher.
Joel Schumacher will certainly be missed by those that knew him and loved to work with him.
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