“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
Rutger Hauer (as Roy Batty), Blade Runner
In light of the fact that I finally saw Blade Runner 2049 last night, I have to use one of my all-time favourite quotes for the QOTD, which comes from the first Blade Runner (2019). As one professor has been quoted as saying, it is “perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history.” Wow. Big words.
However, there’s a backstory to this (as there always is), and it has to do with the original scripted version (below) and the actor himself, Rutger Hauer. Not only were there changes made to the script before shooting, but Hauer is said to have improvised part of it in real-time. Wow again. If you don’t think they made the right decision to alter the words in this massive scene, check out the original:
“I have known adventures, seen places you people will never see, I’ve been Offworld and back…frontiers! I’ve stood on the back deck of a blinker bound for the Plutition Camps with sweat in my eyes watching the stars fight on the shoulder of Orion. I’ve felt wind in my hair, riding test boats off the black galaxies and seen an attack fleet burn like a match and disappear. I’ve seen it…felt it!”