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General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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    David Ayer Discusses The Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad, Congratulates James Gunn

    Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to social media on Thursday to share his perspective on the 2016 film, torching the studio in the process and claiming that his original cut of the film was far different than what the final product ended up being. RELATED: The Suicide Squad Poster: They’re Dying to Save the WorldIn a three-page letter sent out on Twitter, Ayer distanced himself from both Warner Bros.’ original cut of the film, and a “10 week director’s cut” that has also popped up, saying that he can’t take credit for either of them. “I put my life into Suicide Squad. I made som4ething amazing – My cut is intricate and emotional journey with some “bad people” who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul),” Ayer said in his note. “The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – It’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredibly [sic] work by John Gilroy.My turn…— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021“It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid 3rd Act resolution. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.” Ayer went on to say that regardless of what people say about him, he doesn’t have it in him to quit on anything. He also mentioned that while he never told his side of the story, he never will, because he’s “old school” and kept his mouth shut while waves of criticism came in against the film. RELATED: Margot Robbie: The Suicide Squad Might Be The Greatest Comic Book Movie Ever MadeAyer’s post came in response to a Tweet from another critic, who criticized the initial film while reviewing the latest film The Suicide Squad from James Gunn. Ayer ended things by saying that he was proud of James, and thrilled that the Suicide Squad franchise is getting the “legs it needs,” and that he’ll be rooting for everyone along the way. Since posting the tweet, the hashtag #ReleaseTheAyerCut has begun trending once again.

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