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Blade Runner - Gaff

Gaff, played by Edward James Olmos.


"You've done a man's job, sir!"

Gaff is an enigma. We have many questions regarding who he is and his exact role. Is he the lower cop who just fetches Deckard and drives him around? Or is he a master Replicant manager? Perhaps he is ambitious and therefore just jealous of Deckard being called back?

Presenting his compulsory invitation to Deckard in a street lingo called Cityspeak, (much of it invented by Mr Olmos), he is quickly identified as very different to Deckard. He dresses quite differently and behaves quite differently. He makes subtle observations about Deckard, sometimes by making little origami figures, (see FAQ for interpretations), and sometimes through comment.

There with Deckard at the beginning of the investigation, but appearing on the Replicant death scenes only afterwards. Finally, letting Deckard escape with Rachael. He could have killed Rachael, but didn't. Why? Did he wish them happiness together, for the short time he expected them to have? Or did he just want Deckard to leave town?


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