2008-10-09 14:15:29 UTC
Well, we can all finally put THAT myth to rest.
When asked, Hampton Fancher stated that Deckard was not written as or
intended to be a Replicant.
It was also revealed that Tyrell in fact WAS intended to be a
Replicant (in one of the drafts) where, as Roy Batty is squeezing his
head, bolts, springs and pieces of machinery were supposed to come
Roy Batty was then supposed to take the elevator up to the top floor
where the “real creator” is found, already dead for 4 years, and
laying in a sealed sarcophagus.
The funniest remark stated regarding this issue however was made by
Ridley Scott himself when asked if Deckard was a Replicant, Ridley
simply replied, “No. Unless there’s a sequel, then yes, he is” :-)
For anyone interested, it turns out that yes the producers, writers
and director do occasionally keep track of what is said in these news
groups and they find it particularly funny some of the things people
have made-up about this movie, including the famous “red-eye” scene,
where Harrison has just finished washing his face in the kitchen sink.
The “red-eye” glare was NOT intentional, nor was it an indication that
Deckard was a Replicant.
Also, they were well aware of the fact that Zora’s wig looked bad,
Bryant counted one-too-many escapees, and Harrison’s lips didn’t sync
up in Abdul Ben Hassan’s snake shop.
These, the narration voice over, the unicorn, the dove and many more
“flubs” are discussed and alleviated in the Final Cut bonus features.
Many of the producers, and crew were divided on whether or not they
preferred the narration voice over. Certain scenes especially the
ending “driving through the country side” were particularly not well
liked by a majority of the crew.
I personally like the narration – voice over, only not at the end
after Roy’s death scene. I, like one of the main producers, like both
versions, depending on my mood. The VO has a very old fashioned film
nior effect, where the non-vo is more cerebral.
What they should have done was made the VO optional in the set-up
menu, just like any other DVD commentary. I’m surprised they didn’t do
For any true fan of Blade Runner, the Final Cut is a MUST OWN DVD, if
only for the bonus features, “Dangerous Days – The making of Blade
Runner”. It’s a huge amount of insight and information into the
It is also interesting to note how much everyone has been able to
check their egos at the door after 26 years, (they all compliment each
other and looking back, surprisingly agree on a lot of previously
debated issues) and also how cutting edge this picture actually was at
the time. I know that’s been said a lot, and it’s hard to view the
technical achievements of a film like that objectively in today’s era,
but it really was and still is quite amazing.