Ever since the first Blade Runner was released in 1982, fans have been asking the immortal question: Is Deckard a Replicant? Multiple cuts of the film and statements made by director Ridley Scott and other cast members have kept the truth uncertain and while we don’t have the real answer even 35 years after that film’s release, the director and stars of the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, have explained why this question is so important.
While speaking to IGN, Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard in the film, revealed why it matters whether or not Deckard is a Replicant. The actors stated:
“It matters a lot to Replicants, because they’re assigned to their lives. They’re manufactured. You know, they’re biologically manufactured. And not in the old-fashioned, fun way, but in a lab. They’re owned. And so they can be assigned to a lifespan, to a horrible job. And then they can be retired according to the wishes of their maker. That presents certain moral issues, doesn’t it?”
Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve also chimed in, stating that what is really interesting is not the answer, but the question itself:
“I think it’s interesting, too, to see a character that is doubting about his own identity. At the birth of the first Blade Runner [Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?], the book that inspired the first Blade Runner, written [by] Philip K. Dick, had that very strong sense of inner paranoia, where people were doubting about [themselves]. And I think the question is more interesting. There’s more — I love mysteries. So I think that it’s more interesting than … answering that question.”
Jared Leto also stars in the sequel as Niander Wallace, who continued the Tyrell Corporation’s production of Replicants. The actor explained why the world of the film is so captivating:
“Sometimes you wanna know who you’re sleeping with. Other times, you don’t really have to. But I think that it’s a fascinating world. And I think what really works about Blade Runner is it takes us to a place that could exist. It takes us to a place that could be us in the future.”
Dave Bautista, who plays Sapper Morton in the sequel, explained why he never viewed the Replicants in the original as the villains, stating:
“A lot of people may have missed in the first one, but … the more I watched it, the more I understood that the Replicants, they weren’t really the bad guys. They just… all they wanted was to live. And how do you not appreciate that?”
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, 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 quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD Blade Runner who has been missing for thirty years.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters this Friday, October 6, 2017. You can check out our own Nick Kazden’s review of the film here.