Zack Snyder Reveals How the Tragic Death of His Brother in a Car Accident Played a Crucial Role in His Hollywood Career

After his brother passed away in a car accident, he found escape in films, becoming a filmmaker.

Zack Snyder Reveals How the Tragic Death of His Brother in a Car Accident Played a Crucial Role in His Hollywood Career

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  • Zack Snyder, via his work in the DC Universe and beyond, has cemented himself as one of the most talented directors out there.
  • The 57-year-old recently revealed a tragic reason behind his decision to become a director.
  • Snyder revealed that after losing his elder brother when he was only 13, he used cinema as a means to escape the emotions that he was feeling.
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Zack Snyder is one of the biggest and most well-known filmmakers of recent times. Snyder garnered most of his fame for his work in DC Universe through films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Man of Steel. However, he has also directed a range of other exemplary projects. This includes the likes of Rebel Moon, Army of the Dead, Watchmen, and 300. 

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman In Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman In Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Being as good as he is at what he does, the question of what initially pushed the filmmaker into the path of Hollywood had never been answered, until recently. Snyder revealed a tragic reason behind his chosen career path. He claimed that the reason why he fell in love with films was because of the passing of his older brother when he was merely 13.

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Zack Snyder’s Brother Died When He Was Younger

Zack Snyder was very young when he was faced with one of the worst things anyone can go through, at any age. When he was only thirteen years old, he suffered a terrible loss that came in the form of his brother’s passing. Sam Snyder was nineteen when he got into a car accident that took his life, leaving behind a broken family.

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“When you’re 19 and you pass from the world, you leave a mark on it. You are immortal in that state—that youthful, magical person is locked in.” said Snyder.

Snyder, who was barely a teenager, was naturally very confused about how to deal with the emotions he felt. The filmmaker mentioned during the Mens Health interview that his brother had been immortalized as a young, youthful person after his untimely passing. The acclaimed director said that such a death tends to leave a mark on those around the person who passes, and went on to explain how it pushed him towards Hollywood.

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This Brought About His Obsession With Cinema

Zack Snyder revealed that it was during this difficult period in his life that he started to fall in love with the world of cinema. He explained that after Sam’s death, he was not able to face reality and the kind of emotions that he felt. As a result, he began watching movies in a bid to deflect and escape his feelings.

Zack Snyder on the sets of Watchmen
Zack Snyder on the sets of Watchmen

“sent me deeper into my love for movies—as an escape, as a way to deal with it. I needed some metaphors to help me. In the mythology of our family, he was the spiritual leader.”

He added that turning to films allowed him to escape to a world that was different from his own and had conflicts that did not affect him. Claiming that he needed metaphors to escape the pain, Snyder claimed that he ended up starting off a journey that eventually led to a successful Hollywood career.

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