Stars remember director Joel Schumacher

Stars remember director Joel Schumacher

Movie stars have paid tribute to the “wonderfully creative and heroic” Flatliners and Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher.

Jim Carrey, who appeared in Batman Forever,  remembered Schumacher fondly following his death at the age of 80.

Actress and presenter Padma Lakshmi described him as “sharp, whip smart, witty and wise”, adding: “He was kind and always had the best advice.”

Fellow director Kevin Smith tweeted: “He couldn’t have been nicer or more hospitable.”

Schumacher, centre, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney

Schumacher was noted for his ability to pick out new talent and he was fundamental in establishing the careers of A-list stars such as Sutherland, Rob Lowe and Colin Farrell. He directed Farrell in 2000’s Tigerland, the actor’s first leading role, and later in Phone Booth.

Schumacher’s style came to the fore in two memorable music videos, Seal’s Kiss From a Rose and INXS’s Devil Inside.

His film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera, which received three Oscar nominations despite lukewarm reviews, was among his last films.