He was undeniably one of the key elements to Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi masterpiece, but as it turns out, Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer isn’t that much of a fan of Blade Runner 2049.
Hauer of course played android-on-the-run Batty, who confronts Harrison Ford’s Deckard in the classic showdown from the original film. He’s also response for one of the most iconic closing monologues of cinema history. That makes him kind of a big deal. With that said, he shared his opinion on Denis Villeneuve’s critically acclaimed follow-up to the original with THR and didn’t have the best things to say about it. Whilst the rest of the world wept at the majesty of the impossible task that was delivered so brilliantly, Hauer deemed it an homage and not much else.
“I sniff and scratch at it. It looks great but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground. In many ways, Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants, it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”
It’s sad to hear that Hauer didn’t enjoy Blade Runner 2049, particularly as he without a doubt, played a part in fans longing to see a follow-up. Of course, when it comes down to it, his opinion hasn’t phased the success of the film that already got some worthy attention with award shows and is in the lineup for the Oscars this year. Like so many views, his will be another lost like tears in message boards.
What do you think? Agree with Hauer or is he just plain Batty?