Blade Runner came out back in 1982 to a critical mauling; low Box Office receipts, and a lot of puzzled faces leaving cinema complexes thinking they were going in to watch a sci-fi action adventure. It had been advertised as a Sci-Fi action adventure at the time, much in the same vein as Harrison Ford‘s previous sci-fi extravaganza, Star Wars. However, Ridley Scott had created something completely different, and as the film started to find its audience on home video, people started to view and understand the film for what it was – a film based on humanity and mortality. Thusly, the question of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant or not has been one of the (many) ambiguities that have made this beautiful science-fiction movie a timeless classic. Now, Ridley Scott has decided to give his definitive answer on whether Deckard is, in fact, a replicant or not. So, for those of you who are happy with your own theories and perspectives, you might find yourself feeling rather disappointed if you continue to read on (…or maybe you can just take what you hear with a pinch of salt).
Ridley Scott – who is still doing the promotional rounds for his new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings – recently sat down with Digital Spy to give his definitive answer on whether Rick Deckard is a replicant or not, a question that evaded – and continued to do so hitherto – the films star Harrison Ford. However, we use the term “definitive” rather loosely, as what Scott considered many years ago, might have changed in the last couple of years; or even the last couple of months (he has been working on the Blade Runner 2 script). But, alas, a word of warning to anyone who feels that a director should always retain carte blanche on their work no matter how long they have been away from it, perhaps you should read no further!
Click after the jump to hear Scott‘s definitive answer to a question that has been debated for many years; making for great conversations between sci-fi and movie buffs.
Scott’s definitive answer is:
“He is definitely a replicant”
So there you go! Take it as you will folks. Scott goes on to discuss all the clues that are placed throughout the film, such as the Unicorn sequence (which was added to the Director’s Cut and also to Ridley’s Final Cut), and the ending that finishes with the elevator doors shutting, and also Gaff‘s (Edward James Olmos) constant hinting throughout the film, including his famously haunting line at the end of the movie, “it’s too bad she wont live, but then again, who does.”
During the filming process Harrison Ford was never able to get a straight answer from Scott about the true nature of his character, so Ford came to his own conclusion that the character was human. Here is Ford’s interpretation of the film:
“I was moved to ask Ridley whether or not he thought that the character I was playing was a Replicant,” Ford said at a 2013 AFI event. “Well, I never got a straight answer. Which is okay, I guess. But I thought it was important that the audience be able to have a human representative on screen, somebody that they could have an emotional understanding of. Ridley didn’t think that was all that important.”
The timing seems rather fortuitous, considering all the talk that has been based on Scott’s upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2. This is one of the things that has put many people off a potential sequel – as the original movie is perfect the way it is. Scott’s decision to hit out with a definitive answer at this point in time could be indicative of the plot of Blade Runner 2. Perhaps the script centers around the theme of Deckard’s origins. Hopefully this is not the case, but one has to remain a tad sceptical when it comes to a sequel being developed to a movie that was made over thirty years ago. You don’t want the mythos being subject to a complete dissection as there are elements in Blade Runner that sit perfectly in the philosophical mix. I guess time will tell.
What do you think of Ridley Scott’s definitive answer? …are you more persuaded toward Ford’s humanistic sensibilities?
The sequel to Blade Runner is tentatively scheduled to begin filming in 2015.
Via – ComicBook.com