Celebrated American producer, director and screenwriter Martin Scorsese paid tribute to his longtime friend Michael Ballhaus, who passed away on Tuesday(April 11) evening at the age of 81, by saying that it was his friend Michael who inspired him to make films.
Martin Scorsese said that he and his late cinematographer friend Michael Ballhaus had worked on six films together, including the most appreciated and Oscar-winning film, The Departed.
"It was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies. For him, nothing was impossible, if I asked him for something difficult, he would approach it with enthusiasm." Martin Scorsese said in a statement.
"For over 20 years, Michael Ballhaus and I had a real creative partnership and a very close and enduring friendship. By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered him." Said Scorsese.
"He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations-anyone who knew him will remember his smile." Added the director.
"We started working together in the 80s, during a low ebb in my career. And it was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies. For him, nothing was impossible." Scorsese stated further.