‘Blade Runner 2049’: Ryan Gosling On Big-Budget Filming & Harrison Ford

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Blade Runner 2049 is rapidly approaching, and as movie star Ryan Gosling’s first big-budget project, he’s got a number of experiences to share. Today, he focused on talking about how a big-budget production is different from the smaller projects he usually works on and what it was like to film with Harrison Ford.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gosling reveals that he was interested in Blade Runner 2049 not only as a fan of the source material, but because he knew from the people involved with the project that the film was going to be something special:

“I try not to discriminate against budget, but they never felt right. I’m glad I waited. [Blade Runner] was one of the first films that I saw that I didn’t know how to feel when it was over. The line between heroes and villains was so blurred. It’s not a hero’s journey in any way. When I was a kid that was the storyline I had seen. Thematically, there’s just so much there — it was rich, it was melancholy, it was romantic. It’s so special. So many other things have stolen ideas from it, but they could never steal its soul. I felt lucky to enter that world… I’m lucky for many reasons that this was my big-budget film, but one of them is that you could see where the money was going. The sets were so beautiful, and every aesthetic choice was for the cleanest, most efficient, elegant way to communicate story. When [cinematographer] Roger Deakins creates a frame, half your job is done for you.”

Gosling praised Deakins for his work on Barton Fink in particular, but when all was said and done, perhaps the person Gosling liked working with the most was Ford. He noted that there was just something about his ability to perform that set him apart from other actors of his generation:

“The best part is that you hang out with him and you realize that all those iconic moments from his films that you love are his — like ‘I love you,’ ‘I know’ from Star Wars, or shooting the guy in Indiana Jones. He’s just like that all the time. Normally I’d say there are hundreds of ways to play any scene. Unless you work with Harrison and you realize there’s only one great way and he’s already figured it out.”

While Ford’s Rick Deckard only appears in the third act of the film, it’s no small part – and from the sound of things, he’ll be playing off of Gosling’s Agent K for a significant amount of his screentime. Hopefully, both Gosling and Ford shine in this long-awaited Blade Runner sequel.

Blade Runner 2049 will show audiences things they won’t believe on October 6, 2017. Its cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hiam Abbass, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, and Robin Wright.

Source: Entertainment Weekly