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Did you know that Ridley Scott cast Rutger Hauer without having met him, and Phillip K. Dick reguards him as the perfect Roy Batty?
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One role that was not difficult to cast was Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, the violent yet thoughtful leader of the replicants. Scott cast Hauer without having met him, based solely on Hauer’s performances in Paul Verhoeven’s movies Scott had seen (Katie Tippel,Soldier of Orange and Turkish Delight). Hauer’s portrayal of Batty was regarded by Philip K. Dick as, “the perfect Batty—cold, Aryan, flawless”. Of the many films Hauer has done, Blade Runner is his favorite. As he explained in a live chat in 2001, “Blade Runnerneeds no explanation. It just [is]. All of the best. There is nothing like it. To be part of a real masterpiece which changed the world’s thinking. It’s awesome.” Hauer wrote his character’s “tears in the rain” speech himself and presented the words to Scott on set prior to filming.
I found some additional thoughts from Mr. Dick on a website called PhillipKDickFans.com
As for the actors in BLADE RUNNER, Philip K. Dick was greatly pleased. Rutger Hauer, he thought, was definitely appropriate for the part of Roy Batty:
I was looking at the stills of him and I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the Nordic superman that Hitler said would come marching out of the laboratory. This is the blond beast that the Nazis were creating. And of course the origin of the book DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? was my research into the Nazis for THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.
There are several sources listed but none specifically state where that bit is from.
The famous “Tears In Rain” speech was modififed from what was put to paper. According to Wiki Wiki Hi Wiki Hiney Ho.
“Tears in Rain”, also referred to as “The C-Beams Speech”, is a monologue delivered by the replicant Roy Batty (portrayed by Rutger Hauer) in the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. The final form, altered from the scripted lines and much improvised by Hauer on the eve of filming, has entered popular culture as “perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history” and is an often quoted piece of science fiction writing.
In Blade Runner, the dying replicant Roy Batty makes this speech to Harrison Ford’s character Deckard moments after saving him from falling off a tall building. Deckard had been tasked to kill him and his replicant friends. The words are spoken during a rain downpour, moments before Batty’s death:
I’ve… seen things... you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate... All those… moments… will be lost, in time, like [chokes up] tears… in… rain. Time… to die.
In the documentary Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner, Hauer, director Ridley Scott, and screenwriter David Peoples asserted that Hauer wrote the “Tears in Rain” speech. There were earlier versions of the speech in Peoples’ draft screenplays; one included the sentence “I rode on the back decks of a blinker and watched c-beams glitter in the dark, near the Tanhauser Gate” In his autobiography, Hauer said he merely cut the original scripted speech by several lines, adding only “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain” although the original script, displayed during the documentary, before Hauer’s rewrite, does not mention “Tannhäuser Gate”:
I have known adventures, seen places you people will never see, I’ve been Offworld and back… frontiers! I’ve stood on the back deck of a blinker bound for the Plutition Camps with sweat in my eyes watching the stars fight on the shoulder of Orion… I’ve felt wind in my hair, riding test boats off the black galaxies and seen an attack fleet burn like a match and disappear. I’ve seen it, felt it…!
Hauer described this as “opera talk” and “hi-tech speech” with no bearing on the rest of the film, so he “put a knife in it” the night before filming, without Scott’s knowledge. In an interview with Dan Jolin, Hauer said that these final lines showed that Batty wanted to “make his mark on existence … the replicant in the final scene, by dying, shows Deckard what a real man is made of.”
Phillip K. Dick was a fan of the monologue.
Philip K. Dick at the Movies, praised the delivery of the speech, “Hauer’s deft performance is heartbreaking in its gentle evocation of the memories, experiences, and passions that have driven Batty’s short life.”
If you have time I recommend reading a Guardian article from March about the movie. It’s a longread but worth it.
And to close this out here is a video of the famous speech.
What doing this article has done is make me want to watch Blade Runner. I saw it a very long time ago and have not watched it in forever. I need to remedy this. I will go do that and I will see all of you on the next Fact Of The Day.
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- Ridley Scott; Paul Sammon (2005), Ridley Scott: interviews, University Press of Mississippi, p. 103
- Jim Krause (2006), Type Idea Index, p. 204,ISBN 9781581808063
- Mark Rowlands (2003), The philosopher at the end of the universe, pp. 234–235, “Roy then dies, and in perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history...”
- Mark Brake; Neil Hook (2008), “Different engines”, Scientific American (Palgrave Macmillan) 259 (6): 163,Bibcode:1988SciAm.259f.111E,doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1288-111, ISBN 9780230553972
- Hampton Fancher & David Peoples (23 February 1981). “Blade Runner Screenplay”. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- Rutger Hauer & Patrick Quinlan (2007), All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants and Blade Runners,HarperEntertainment, ISBN 978-0-06-113389-3
- 105 minutes into the Channel 4 documentary On the Edge of Blade Runner.
- Laurence Raw (2009), The Ridley Scott encyclopedia, p. 159, ISBN 9780810869523
- Sammon, Paul M. (1996), Future Noir: the Making of Blade Runner, London: Orion Media, ISBN 978-0-06-105314-6
BGSU Papers. Lawrence P. Ashmead > PKD, May 29, 1968.
TSR 11. PKD ‘Self Portrait’, 1968.
Starlog #55, p20. PKD on BLADE RUNNER by James Van Hise.
Fantastic Films Magazine, Aug 1982.’BLADE RUNNER: Ridley Scott Interviewed’ by Blake Mitchell and Jim Ferguson, p12 ff.
Starlog, May 1982, p22ff, ‘Interview with the BLADE RUNNER Screenwriters: Hampton Fancher & David Peoples’ by James Van Hise.
Starlog, Feb 1982. ‘Philip K. Dick on BLADE RUNNER’ by James Van Hise. In a letter to Kris Hummel dated Jan 27, 1982 PKD refers to this interview and comments on Fancher, Peoples and Scott.
Starlog, Aug 1982. ‘BLADE RUNNER’s Sean Young’ interview by James Van Hise. PKD quote from Sep 1981
Twilight Zone, Vol. 2, No. 3, June 1982, pp. 47-52. Interview by John Boonstra.
GSM Xerox Collection. PKD to Kris Hummel, Jan 19, 1982.
GSM Xerox Collection. PKD to Kris Hummel, Jan 12, 1982. Also on philipkdick.com
The Patchin Review, No. 5. Oct-Dec 1982, pp2-6. Interviewer John Boonstra
Starlog, Nov 1982, p55ff. ‘BLADE RUNNER’ reviewed by Norman Spinrad.
BLADE RUNNER OFFICIAL SOUVENIR MAGAZINE, Friedman, Inc, 1982, $2.95, 68pp, 140 photos and illustrations. And BLADE RUNNER SKETCHBOOK, Blue Dolphin, 11 X 8 3/8, 1982, $6.95, 96pp. A profusely illustrated collection featuring original artwork by Syd Mead, Mentour Huebner, Charles Knode, Michael Kaplan and Ridley Scott from the motion picture.
Blue Dolphin issued two other publications in conjunction with the movie: THE ILLUSTRATED BLADE RUNNER, 8 ½ X 11, 1982, $6.95,128 pp, illustrated. And: BLADE RUNNER PORTFOLIO, 9 ¼ X 12 ¼, 1982, $9.95, twelve hi-gloss action photos of Harrison Ford and cast in prime moments from the film. Full-color sharp images ready for instant display. Produced on high-quality stock, all twelve reproductions cover the action and suspense of BLADE RUNNER. Each plate I approx. 9 ¼ by 12 ¼ and is packaged in a handsome illustrated folder…