News: Rutger Hauer Is Not A Fan Of Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 has received praise from critics and awards nominations, yet it still is a divisive film. Many fans were dissatisfied with it, with producer and director of the original film Ridley Scott saying that the sequel was “fucking way too long”. Another Blade Runner actor can now be added to the list of detractors. Rutger Hauer, who portrayed the replicant Roy Batty, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and said that he wasn’t a fan of the sequel. 

 “I sniff and scratch at it,” said Hauer. “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.” 

 Blade Runner 2049 fared poorly at the box office, grossing $260 million worldwide versus its hefty budget of around $185 million. Despite Ridley Scott's disappointment with the sequel, he is still leaving the door open for another Blade Runner film.

Blade Runner 2049 is from executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, it stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. 

"Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years."