“I know that every single fan will walk into the theater with a baseball bat,” said Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve. “I’m aware of that and I respect that, and it’s okay with me because it’s art. Art is risk, and I have to take risks.” Villeneuve’s sequel opens in theaters this Friday; in it, Ryan Gosling plays a young blade runner who tracks down Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, the star of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, who has been missing for 30 years. A blade runners duties involve tracking down “replicants,” bioengineered androids, and killing (“retiring”) them. While we wait for the new movie to arrive, here are ten fascinating facts about the making of Scott’s original, based on Philip K. Dick’s dystopian novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
Rutger Hauer had creative license with his character and created several now-iconic moments in the film, like his famous “tears in rain” line (Hauer says he only cut some words from the original script’s speech) and the cradling of the dove.