Rutger Hauer, legendary Dutch actor passed away on 24 July at the age of 75. Upon reading the news on the BBC website, I was genuinely upset, Rutger was one of my favourite actors of all time.
I was an 80’s kid, that phenomenal decade encompassed my formative years, all the greatest cult and horror movies emanated from the eighties, as well as some of the greatest action stars in history – Arnie, Sly, Wesley but most affirmably Rutger, who was very, very much different to his peers as an actor, yet walked along a similar cinematic line… of the names mentioned (all of whom I adore, especially Wesley Snipes) Rutger was, without a doubt, streets ahead in both acting talent and charisma.
From the seventies, throughout the eighties and beyond, Rutger starred in a plethora of cult and blockbuster movies, with personal favourites including – The Hitcher, Blind Fury, Split Second, Wanted: Dead Or Alive, Ladyhawke and Salute Of The Jugger. Though he was most fondly remembered for his astonishing turn as Roy Batty, the replicant antagonist from Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi opus ‘Blade Runner’. Though titular star of that seminal movie – Harrison Ford was billed as leading actor, it was Rutger who stole the movie as the tragic antagonist Batty. Rutger brought much needed pathos to the role and ended up not only eclipsing Ford’s performance but also had the best lines, especially his famous “Time to die” monologue (actually written by Rutger himself!) which cemented his status as the celluloid legend he will always be…
R.I.P Rutger Hauer, we shall miss you sir.
That’s right fellow Blade Runners, today marks the incept date of one of celluloid’s coolest ever antagonists; the Nexus 6 designated: N6MAA10816, better known as Roy Batty. It has been an astonishing 34 years since Rutger Hauer’s cool as ice, enigmatic psychopath Batty was first introduced in Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking dystopian sci-fi flick “Blade Runner.”
The Tyrell Corporation’s genetically engineered ‘replicants’ are virtually indistinguishable from humans and are created to mostly perform hazardous tasks on off world colonies. The use of replicants on Earth however is banned, and any stray replicants who defy this are hunted down and ‘retired’ by specialist government agents known as Blade Runners. Hauer’s Roy Batty is the leader of a renegade group of Nexus-6 replicants, who are faster, stronger and considerably more intelligent than the average human but are still learning to deal with slowly developing emotions. Ultimately returning to Earth to confront their creator Eldon Tyrell on a quest to extend their meagre 4 year lifespan.
Happy Birthday Roy…