Rutger Hauer and Joe Turkel talk about Blade Runner. Photo courtesy
Patrick Meaney attended and shares his experience
Saturday June 30, I was at the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Creators Convention
in NYC, which was attended by Joe Turkel and Rutger Hauer. After,
there was a screening of the film, which both attended; there they
did a great question and answer session.
The biggest line at the convention was for Rutger, which was good
to see. I decided to go to see Rutger after the line had dropped
a bit, but by the time I decided to return, Rutger was gone. However,
I did get to Joe Turkel as he was packing up. He was very nice,
and had no problem talking with me even though he was packing up.
I gave him a letter I wrote with some information about the alt.fan.blade-runner
newgroup, and BRmovie.com, but he doesn't have a computer, so he
won't be able to access it. However, he did say he would mail me
something soon, which was nice.
After checking out the con, I went over to the theater, to see
the film.. Before the screening, Rutger read a speech off his laptop,
something he claimed to have used before, about the importance of
fans and such. He fielded a couple of questions, and then it was
time for the film. It was the director's cut, a pretty bad print,
but it's still Blade Runner in a theater. I'd only seen it on my
13 inch TV, so I noticed a lot of little details that I hadn't seen
before. The lighting and some of the effects are much more impressive
on the big screen also. The thing that still surprises me the most
after seeing the filma bunch of times is the quality of the music.
Vangelis' music is a huge factor in the success of the film, perfectly
complimenting the silent scenes in Deckard's apartment, and the
There was a decent crowd there, probably about half the theater
was full, but it seemed to be mostly serious fans. I saw a Blade
Runner Rep-Detect hat, and a Blade Runner shirt. Most people seemed
to be pretty knowledgeable about the film, and gave Rutger and Joe
a big round of applause when their names appeared in the credits.
After the screening, Rutger and Joe Turkel did an hour long Q&A
with the audience.
Both of them were great, highly entertaining, even during a lot
of off topic rants. Hauer confirmed that he crafted the speech at
the end, by deleting almost all of what was a full-page monologue,
and by adding the tears in rain bit. He felt that the film should
end right after Roy's death, with the dove flying off, which I have
to disagree with.
We need to see Deckard going with Rachael to show that Roy's lesson
takes. Hauer said that Deckard being a replicant takes away a lot
of the dramatic impact of the film, which I agree with. He said
that a replicant saving a replicant lacks the power of a replicant
saving a human. Rutger feels it was Ridley's vision that made Blade
Runner more than the typical sci-fi movie. He signed on after seeing
conceptual drawings from Ridley, and feels that it was Ridley's
attention to detail that made the film work.
Turkel echoed this, stressing the importance of "conceptualization"
when making a
film. Hauer said that he would run ideas for the character by Ridley
and use what they both liked. Hauer didn't seem to think much of
Harrison Ford, he said that he seemed very indifferent, but it worked
for the character. Turkel said his presence made it a very heavy
film, which worked for the story.
Hauer said that Dick's book wouldn't have made a good film if it
was translated directly to the screen, and that the changes they
made were necessary. He basically said that the book doesn't matter,
it's the film that comes out of it. Turkel said Kubrick had the
same idea with The Shining. Ironically, the person who asked this
question was writer Colleen Doran, who I had seen at the con earlier,
and I doubt she would want Hauer involved with an adaptation of
her material after that answer.
Hauer was very against the programming that television gives people.
After someone asked him what his favorite film to work on was, he
went on a rant, claiming that he was programmed to ask the question.
Joe Turkel wasn't as on topic about the film as Rutger, but he
entertaining. He told a lot of stories about Kubrick, and made fun
of the "digitilization" of pictures today. He stressed
the attention to detail that Kubrick and Scott had as one of the
reasons they were great directors.
After the Q&A, I gave Rutger a letter with information on the
newsgroup, and he put it in a bag, so he may visit at some point.
Both Joe and Rutger were available to fans after the Q&A, which
was nice. Overall, they were great, having spent a 13 hour day with
fans. The Q&A was taped, so you may see it on the upcoming DVD.
It was a great experience. Seeing Blade Runner on the big screen
would have been enough to warrant a trip to NYC, but to meet two
of the actors, and hear them talk about the film made it even better.
Interestingly, Rutger said that Blade Runner is entering a decline.
He claimed that the film would be vanishing from the public eye
for a while, but I think with the new DVD, it will still remain
Check out photos and audio clips from this event on Rutger
Hauer's own site.
Hauer will be attending the Collectormania2 Show in Milton
Keynes in the UK on 20-22 September. There will be a showing
of Blade Runner with Rutger doing a Q&A session afterwards
as he did in New York. Check out Rutger's
Site and the Show
site. Rutger will also be visiting Stockholm for an SF
Convention there 26-27 October.