Harrison Ford Reveals Why He Returned for 'Blade Runner 2049'

Friday, 12 May 2017 - 10:54AM
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Friday, 12 May 2017 - 10:54AM
Harrison Ford Reveals Why He Returned for 'Blade Runner 2049'
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What does it take to get Harrison Ford to return to a popular franchise that he defined during his younger days? For an Indiana Jones title, all he needs is a whip and a valid excuse. Dragging him back for Star Wars, however, required promising that he could finally get that death scene he'd been pleading for since the second movie.

But what about Blade Runner, a movie that was a nightmare to film, and which saw Ford clashing with director Ridley Scott on all kinds of issues throughout the production? Surely, for a film that caused Ford so much grief at the time, he'd need a really valid reason to return for a future installment.

Nope—as it turns out, Ford was all too happy to reprise the role of Rick Deckard, because the script for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 is just that good. In a recent Q&A, Harrison Ford said:

Opening quote
"The character [Rick Deckard] is woven into the story in a way that intrigued me. There's a very strong emotional context. The relationship between the character Deckard – that I play – and other characters is fascinating. I think it's interesting to develop a character after a period of time – to revisit a character."
Closing quote

It sounds like Deckard was an intregral part of the movie from square one, so it begs the question as to what director Denis Villeneuve would have done if Ford hadn't signed on. This comment, though, seems to suggest that Ford is playing the same character that he played in the original Blade Runner in this new sequel. This is significant, because if there's one big, hulking, incredibly inconvenient elephant in the room throughout the production of this movie, it's the question raised by some cuts of the original film: whether Deckard himself is a replicant with a fixed, inescapable lifespan.



Fans have speculated that either replicant Deckard has a longer lifespan than anyone had assumed, or Ford's character is a "new" replicant based on the original template.

Unfortunately, though, is seems like neither of these theories are true, and that the sequel is going with the most bland, vanilla interpretation of the original Blade Runner's ending—that Deckard is a boring old human, riding off into the sunset to live a full and grumpy life until Ryan Gosling comes knocking on his door thirty years later.

There's still a chance that Deckard's mysterious origin will be explored in this movie. After all, that could be what Ford is referring to when he talks about the 'intriguing' story of the film. Let's hope this is the case, as after thirty years of speculation and theorizing, it'd be a real disappointment to learn that Deckard is a wholly unremarkable man, and that his unicorn dreams are nothing more than a coincidence.

Blade Runner 2049 hits US theaters on October 6th, 2017.
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