Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott Had a Heated Argument Over Deckard's Replicant Status

Thursday, 22 December 2016 - 1:29PM
Blade Runner
Thursday, 22 December 2016 - 1:29PM
Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott Had a Heated Argument Over Deckard's Replicant Status
It's the debate that just won't die. No, we're not talking about Tarantino fans arguing over what's in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction, or who has the real Maltese Falcon prop from the classic 1941 movie. We're not talking about who (or what) Snoke is, or even whether Kirk is better than Picard. We're talking about whether Rick Deckard, LA super-cop, is a goddamn skinjob (aka Replicant).

We've written before about this debate and how the new movie, Blade Runner: 2049, had the chance to lay the question to rest, as if comments from Ridley Scott had left any room for doubt. But guess what, Denis Villeneuve, the new director, has decided that he will not be the one to end the generation-long feud between Scott and Harrison Ford, which apparently continues to this day. Recently, Villeneuve spoke to EW about a dinner he, Scott, and Ford attended during the production of the sequel, where he got to see the feud blow up firsthand:

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"It was very funny, I must say, to find myself in the literal crossfire of Harrison and Ridley, arguing as to why Deckard should be a replicant and why he should be human," says Villeneuve. "As a fan, that's a dinner I will remember for all my life."
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Fans will know that Scott has been incredibly outspoken about Deckard being a Replicant, while Ford and the co-writer of the original script, Hampton Fancher, have respectively argued that Deckard is human or that it should remain up to interpretation. When asked if the new movie would settle the debate, Ford took Villeneuve's lead, which is to say he said nothing at all one way or the other:

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"I'm happy to censor myself on this one," Ford says. "I can tell you that it was a question that was of interest to me when we made the first film, and I'm not sure I ever got a straight answer from the people I was working with at that point. I think the answer to your question is worth the price of admission."
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Maybe we'll get the answer in 30 more years, when Blade Runner: 2079 comes out. By that point, at least, we'll know whether Harrison Ford himself has been an immortal, Oscar-winning android this whole time.

If you haven't seen the new Blade Runner: 2049 trailer, check it out here!

Blade Runner: 2049 comes out October 6th, 2017.
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