Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey have lead the A-List tributes to Hollywood director Jean-Marc Vallée, who died suddenly at 58 on Sunday.
The Canadian-born filmmaker passed away ‘suddenly’ in a cabin outside Quebec City, which his family said came as a big shock.
Witherspoon said in an Instagram post on Monday that her heart was ‘broken.’
The Oscar-winning actress and the famed helmer worked together on the HBO series Big Little Lies as well as the critically acclaimed 2014 movie Wild.
Her pain: Jean-Marc Vallée died suddenly at 58 when in a cabin outside Quebec City on Sunday. And his Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon was quick to share a tribute
She admired him: The blonde beauty then went to Instagram to share a post with several throwback photos: ‘I will always remember you as the sun goes down. Chasing the light. On a mountain in Oregon. On a beach in Monterey’
‘My heart is broken. My friend. I love you,’ said Reese as she added a broken heart emoji. The image was of Reese and Jean on set.
The blonde beauty then went to Instagram to share a post with several throwback photos: ‘I will always remember you as the sun goes down. Chasing the light. On a mountain in Oregon. On a beach in Monterey. Making sure we all caught a little magic in this lifetime. I love you, Jean Marc. ❤️ Until we meet again.’
Shailene Woodley, also a Big Little Lies star, shared a tribute for the filmmaker.
‘I am in shock. Complete and utter shock. My f***ing god death is the worst,’ wrote Shailene over a photo of the back of Jean in a kitchen.
Another celebrity fan: Matthew McConaughey, who worked with the director on Dallas Buyers Club, said that the helmer had love stories everywhere in his eye
His tribute: Jared Leto, whom Jean-Marc helped get an Oscar for his acting in Dallas Buyers Club, also made a remark. ‘A filmmaking force and a true artist who changed my life with a beautiful movie called Dallas Buyers Club’
Pouring out: The director’s Dallas Buyers Club star Jennifer Garner called it an ‘unimaginable loss’
‘Oh my, it tears me apart,’ the fiancé of football star Aaron Rodgers added.
‘But I guess somehow I know you will turn it into a grand adventure… one for the books. one I can’t wait to read & to watch when my time comes.
‘It doesn’t make sense though dude. It doesn’t make sense. Maybe when we wake up tomorrow you’ll be there laughing saying it was just a satirical short film you made. That it’s not real.’
Close bond: Reese also shared this image with Laura Dern, Matthew McConaughey and the director
He sure knew what he was doing: Reese also shared this photo with the cast and crew – and Jean-Marc far left – on the beach for Big Little Lies
The Descendants actress then ended with, ‘Did you ever want it?’
BLL standout Laura Dern shared a throwback photo with Jean-Marc as she said: ‘Beautiful Jean-Marc Vallee. The world has lost one of our great and purest artists and dreamers. And we lost our beloved friend. Our hearts are broken.’
Her friend Julianne Moore wrote in the comment section, ‘I’m so sorry.’
Doing what he loves: Witherspoon shared this snap of the filmmaker at work
Touching post: The Big Little Lies star added this to her tribute post
Matthew McConaughey, who worked with the director on Dallas Buyers Club, said that the filmmaker had love stories everywhere in his eye.
The Texas native won an Oscar on the film for playing Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid 1980s when HIV/AIDS treatments were under-researched.
He wrote: ‘With a gentle hand and heart Jean-Marc was a true receiver – he didn’t romanticize life so much as he saw life romantic – from the struggle to the pain to the wink and the whisper, love stories were everywhere in his eye.’
His big stars for Big Little Lies: (L-R) Nicole Kidman, Witherspoon and Jean-Marc in 2017
A triumph: Vallee with Witherspoon on the harrowing 2014 drama Wild about self redemption
Jared Leto, whom Jean-Marc helped get an Oscar for his acting in Dallas Buyers Club, also made a remark.
‘A filmmaking force and a true artist who changed my life with a beautiful movie called Dallas Buyers Club. Much love to everyone who knew him. Life is precious,’ remarked the former teen idol who has become a serious actor.
Josh Gad of Frozen fame wrote, ‘Oh my God. This is so horrible. Absolutely loved his work. RIP.’
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said, ‘My god, this is so unbelievably sad. What a huge loss. He was an incredibly talented filmmaker. Sending much love and condolences to his family.’
Musician Finneas wrote, ‘Damn, Rest In Peace to Jean-Marc Vallée. Incredible artist.’
Hard to take: Shailene, also a Big Little Lies star, shared a tribute for the filmmaker. ‘I am in shock. Complete and utter shock. My f***ing god death is the worst,’ wrote Shailene over a photo of the back of Jean in a kitchen
Jason Blum shared, ‘Jean-Marc Vallée was an incredible talent and treasured collaborator to @blumhouse on Sharp Objects. His family and friends are in our thoughts today.’
‘The Dallas Buyers Club director passed away suddenly at the age of 58 at his cabin outside Quebec City in Canada on Sunday, leaving his family and friends ‘in shock’, Deadline have announced.
It is not currently known how the Demolition director died though Deadline reported on Monday morning his passing may have been from a heart attack on Christmas Day. He was found dead Sunday.
A dreamer is gone: BLL standout Laura Dern shared a throwback photo with Jean-Marc as she said: ‘Beautiful Jean-Marc Vallee. The world has lost one of our great and purest artists and dreamers. And we lost our beloved friend. Our hearts are broken’
Jean-Marc’s producing partner, Nathan Ross, has paid tribute to his friend, hailing him as a ‘true artist’.
He said in a statement: ‘Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy.
‘Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me. The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.’
In a statement following his passing, HBO executives said: ‘Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker, a truly phenomenal talent who infused every scene with a deeply visceral, emotional truth.
‘He was also a hugely caring man who invested his whole self alongside every actor he directed.
‘We are shocked at the news of his sudden death, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his sons, Alex and Émile, his extended family, and his longtime producing partner, Nathan Ross.’
The Canadian writer, producer, editor and director’s breakthrough feature film was C.R.A.Z.Y., which he wrote and directed and in 2014, he was nominated for the Best Editing Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, which also saw Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto take the lead and supporting actor honours at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Jean-Marc followed that movie with Wild, which led to Oscar nominations for Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and reunited with both actresses when he directed and produced the first season of HBO’s Big Little Lies.
He was a fan: Josh Gad of Frozen fame wrote, ‘Oh my God. This is so horrible. Absolutely loved his work. RIP’
Sad turn: Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said, ‘My god, this is so unbelievably sad. What a huge loss. He was an incredibly talented filmmaker. Sending much love and condolences to his family’
Incredible loss for entertainment: Musician Finneas wrote, ‘Damn, Rest In Peace to Jean-Marc Vallée. Incredible artist’
He scooped two Emmy Awards for directing and producing the mini-series, contributing to the total of eight Emmys and four Golden Globes won by the show.
Vallee is survived by his two sons – Alex and Emile, whom he shares with ex-wife Chantal Cadieux, a Canadian playwright whom Vallee was married to for more than 15 years, from 1990 to 2006.
He is also survived by siblings Marie-Josee Vallee, Stephane Tousignant and Gerald Vallee.
He was set to direct and executive-produce another limited series for HBO, Gorilla and the Bird, based on a memoir of the same name about a public defender who suffers a psychotic break, according to the New York Times.
Sharp move: Amy Adams (L) and Vallee attend the premiere of HBO’s Sharp Objects at The Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles in 2018
Vallee often shot with natural light and hand-held cameras and gave actors freedom to improvise the script and move around within a scene´s location. The crew roamed up and down the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Witherspoon in 2014’s ‘Wild.’
‘They can move anywhere they want,’ the Canadian filmmaker said of his actors in a 2014 interview.
‘It’s giving the importance to storytelling, emotion, characters. I try not to interfere too much. I don’t need to cut performances.
‘Often, the cinematographer and I were like, ‘This location sucks. It’s not very nice. But, hey, that’s life.”
And in a 2018 interview with the New York Times, Valle described his work as trying to expose the flaws and imperfections in human nature.
‘I see that I seem to be attracted to these stories and to underdog characters,’ he said at the time, adding: ‘The humanity, the beautiful humanity, is dark.’