Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman mourn ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ director Jean-Marc Vallée
Tributes poured in from leading Hollywood players on Monday after the death of director Jean-Marc VallÃ©e.
A native of Montreal, VallÃ©e is said to have died suddenly in his cabin outside Quebec City, Quebec, on Sunday, at the age of 58. The deadline reported that a sudden heart attack was the cause of death, although this has not been confirmed.
A mainstay of the entertainment industry, VallÃ©e’s career had spanned more than three decades, and the director was the man behind critically-acclaimed films like Savage and three times Oscar winner Dallas Buyers Club. He also produced two much-loved shows on HBO: The Emmy-nominated series. Sharp objects and the winner of an Emmy Big little lies.
Beyond directing several feature films, VallÃ©e was also a gifted producer, editor and screenwriter.
Valley’s production partner Nathan Ross confirmed his death in a statement to Hollywood journalist, calling him “a true artist and a generous loving guy”.
“Everyone who has worked with [VallÃ©e] couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, a creative partner and an older brother to me, âRoss said.
As news of VallÃ©e’s death spread, many actors who had worked with him on the big and small screens expressed their sadness over his passing.
Nicole Kidman, who won a Leading Actress Emmy for her role in Big little lies a drama based on the book of the same name, said in a statement that “it’s hard to imagine someone as vital, energetic and present as Jean-Marc left.”
âHe was at the center of my creative universe and I cannot stress enough how important he was to me,â Kidman continued. “Jean-Marc was not only responsible for some of the most rewarding work experiences of my career, but his friendship, kindness and love have been an inspiring force that I will carry with me.”
Another one Big little lies Cast member Laura Dern shared a post on Instagram saying “The world has lost one of our greatest and purest artists and dreamers. And we have lost a beloved friend.”
Additional tribute came from Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor at the Oscars and Golden Globes for his biographical portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club.
“With a hand and a soft heart, Jean-Marc was a real receiver – he did not romanticize the life so much as he saw the romantic life – from the struggle to the pain through the wink and the whisper, love stories were all over her eye, “McConaughey tweeted.
Jared Leto, who starred alongside McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, said on Instagram that VallÃ©e was “a cinematic force and a true artist who changed my life.”
Reese Witherspoon, who worked with VallÃ©e on both Big little lies and Savage, wrote on Instagram that she “will always remember [VallÃ©e] at sunset.”
âI love you, Jean Marc. Until we meet again,â Witherspoon added.
Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted to the news, issuing a statement saying “VallÃ©e’s passion for film and storytelling was unmatched – as was his talent.”
“Through his work and his art, he left his mark in Quebec, Canada and the world,” continued Trudeau.
News week has reached out to one of VallÃ©e’s long-time collaborators, Quad Productions, for comment.