Simon West Net Worth: Simon West was born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England in 1961. At the BBC he won awards in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the documentary series Strangeways Prison as well as the play Bleak House. He signed with Limelight London to direct advertisements and music videos. West directed music videos for Mel and Kim and Rick Astley. He won awards for advertisements for Little Caesar’s. He’s made commercials for Budweiser, McDonald’s, AT&T, Ford, Sprite, and Miller Beer. Among his most famous advertisements aired throughout the Super Bowl for Pepsi and featured a young lad sucking himself into a Pepsi bottle. The initial movie West directed was Con Air in 1997. Simon wed Amadea West in 1995.
"Black Hawk Down" (2001) was originally the idea of West who urged producer Jerry Bruckheimer to obtain the rights of the book with a view to directing it himself. However, West abandoned the project to direct "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001). Ridley Scott then directed "Black Hawk Down" (2001).
Each of his first two films starred one of the leads of Face/Off (1997): Nicolas Cage in Con Air (1997) and John Travolta in The General's Daughter (1999).
Before Simon West started his feature film directorial career with Con Air (1997), he directed TV commercials, such as the Budweiser advert with the dancing ants.
Making a film is like trying to pass a handful of water between a thousand people. By the time the last person receives it you are lucky if there is still one drop left of the original idea.