Blade Runner premiere back in 1982, and for many years has gained a fan base both wide and loyal, and one of those fans is none other than Ryan Gosling, who will star the sequel, Blade Runner 2049.
The sequel is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and will mark the return of Rick Deckard himself, played by Harrison Ford once more.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gosling confessed that he and his friends would visit downtown LA, specifically the locales that were shown in the film, and pretend to be blade-runners.
“There were more than a few nights when we’d wander around the Bradbury Building or Union Station half-pretending we were blade runners,”
The interview was to talk about the upcoming film, and the first questions was to ask Gosling why choose Blade Runner 2049 to be his first big-budget film.
“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.”
Then there was the question of how was this experience to him, working on a big-budget, and after gushing about cone meats, he told a little bit about his experience.
“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.”
Roger Deakin’s has been nominated for an Oscar 13 times, but has never won it. In his portfolio or curriculum, you can find movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Sicario, Skyfall, Fargo, Hail Caesar! A Beautiful Mind, How to Train Your Dragon 3, etc.
For Ryan Gosling, the cinematography aspect of the movie is what really makes the movie what it is. And working with Deakin and his team was like a dream come true.
“His whole team is incredible. One of my favorite shots when I was younger was this shot in Barton Fink, when there’s this slow push in on the wallpaper. I remember feeling so tense and thinking, why am I so tense? It’s just wallpaper. But then I realized it’s the shot that is creating that tension — it was a lightbulb moment for me. We were shooting a scene in 2049 when the camera starts to push in on me. I remember when it was over I said to Bruce [Hamme], who is Roger’s dolly grip, ‘Bruce, did you work on Barton Fink?’ He said yes. I said, ‘Did you do that slow push in on the wallpaper?’ He said, yeah. I said, ‘Am I the wallpaper right now?’ He said, yes. I told him I’ve never been so honored. [Laughs] We were talking about titles for the film for a while and I really advocating for Slow Bruce Rising.”
Then, he talked about what it was like working with Harrison Ford, a Hollywood legend.
“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.”
Blade Runner 2049 will be set 30 years after the original movie, and tells the story of a young blade-runner who comes across a hidden secret who leads him on a quest to find the missing Rick Deckard.
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Blade Runner 2049 is set to arrive in theatres this October 6.