Blade Runner is one of the most influential visions of the future ever put on film, the kind of movie that is still influencing the aesthetic of cyberpunk sci-fi movies to this very day.
But it’s no longer set in our future, but our past. Today marks the beginning of November 2019, which officially puts us in
Blade Runner’s timeline. To celebrate, let’s talk trivia from one of the most famous sci-fi films ever made.
The Serpent That Once Corrupted Man
You remember the part in
Blade Runner where Deckard is tracking down the replicant Zorah (Joanna Cassidy) and they kind of imply that she has a dance act where she fucks a snake? Well, they were going to film the sequence, which was going to include claymation in a hyper-elaborate show. Except the film was running over-budget, so the scene was never shot.
Also, if you’re wondering why Joanna Cassidy is so comfortable with that snake around her neck, it’s because it was her pet at the time.
The character Gaff (Edward James Olmos) speaks in a combination of several languages called “Cityspeak,” meant to reflect a future where cultural boundaries broke down enough that people learned a combination of multiple languages.
This was not in the script. At all. Edward James Olmos came up with the concept himself, pitched it to Ridley Scott, and got it approved. As a result, Olmos had to rewrite most of his lines in Cityspeak.
As a result of Edward James Olmos writing Cityspeak, some of the producers (and Ridley Scott) weren’t sure what his character was saying. Consequently, when the film played in Hungary, the scene where Gaff first meets Deckard got huge laughs, much to the producers’ bewilderment.
It turns out, in the middle of talking, Gaff refers to Deckard as “horse dick” in Hungarian during the scene.
The Many MANY Deckards
For starters, Harrison Ford was not the first choice to play Deckard. Dustin Hoffman was, and while Hoffman was interested in being in the movie, he wanted to change the character significantly, so he didn’t get the part. As for who else was considered for the part? Too many people to list, so here are some of the highlights:
Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, Judd Hirsch, Peter Falk, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, just to name a few.
A Different Movie Entirely
Blade Runner is based on a novel by Philip K. Dick called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, published in 1968. The reason that year is significant is that a young filmmaker met with Philip K. Dick about making it into a movie in 1969, a young man named Martin Scorsese.
Obviously, the attempt to make the adaptation happen fell apart, but you can’t help but try and imagine if things had panned out back then…
The Benefits Of A Strike
Just to explain something really fast about movies, making a movie is traditionally split into three stages: Preproduction (fine-tuning a script, casting actors, making concept art, building sets, scouting locations, etc.), Principal Photography (actually filming the scenes), and Post Production (editing the footage, completing special effects, sound design, and so on).
Well, preproduction hit a snag for
Blade Runner because of an actor’s strike, which left the production unable to cast anyone. However, that meant the concept artists and set designers had extra time. This is why Blade Runner’s sets are so wildly detailed, preproduction ended up lasting nine-and-a-half months, giving way more time to the artists and set builders than they normally would have.
An Alien Connection
Besides sharing a director,
Alien and Blade Runner have a very direct (and strange connection). When Gaff takes off in his flying car to bring Deckard to the police station, a screen displays “Environ CTR Purge.”
This graphic appears in
Alien on a screen when Ripley launches the shuttle towards the end of the movie.
More Human Than Human Is Our Motto
Poor poor Tyrell (Joe Turkel). Not only does he get one of the most grisly deaths in sci-fi, Joe Turkel had a very hard time memorizing the extremely technical dialogue that his character speaks so often. To compensate, the crew held up huge text banners with his lines on them.
Except that barely helped. The thick glasses the character wears are a prop, and Joe Turkel had great difficulty seeing through them.
When Deckard gets the Snake Scale magnified so he can read the barcode number, the close-up is not of an actual snake scale. It’s a bud of marijuana, and there doesn’t appear to be an explanation as to why it was chosen over an actual snake scale.
At one point in writing the screenplay, Ridley Scott was interested in creating a city called “San Angeles,” which would represent a future so sprawling that San Francisco and Los Angeles had essentially combined through sheer growth.
While it didn’t make it into the movie, another movie would eventually use this concept:
Deckard’s apartment has a very distinct look, and it was “influenced” by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Well, influenced is understating things. The set designer, Charles William Breen, went to the Ennis-Brown House, a Frank Lloyd Wright building, and took plaster casts of wall tiles in the home. Those casts were used to create the walls of Deckard’s apartment.
A Familiar Opening
One of the early drafts of
Blade Runner opened with a scene of an older man in a cabin, going about his day making soup on the stove when Deckard shows up, suddenly and violently kills the man, revealing the man to be a replicant.
If this seems familiar, it’s because this is almost exactly how
Blade Runner: 2049 starts, resurrecting the unused scene.
I Designed Your Eyes
In the scene where Roy Batty and Leon interrogate Chew, the engineer who builds replicant eyes, it relies on the threat of the cold to interrogate Chew.
The set was actually freezing. It was a giant freezer, so cold that the actors were truly shivering through the scene, which had to be filmed over several days (if you watch the icicles on the ceiling, they change in size and shape, indicating a different day of filming).
The T-Shirt War
Blade Runner was not a fun set to work on. Ridley Scott was from the U.K., and found many U.S. film crew regulations to be frustrating (for example, Scott often operated a camera when shooting Alien, and found he couldn’t do the same in the U.S.). Between Scott’s perfectionism causing 13-hour shoots and his resentment of U.S. crew rules, a battle brewed between Scott and the American crew.
And that battle played out in T-shirts. The American crew members started printing shirts with things like “Yes gov’nor my ass!” among other things. Scott’s response was to get a har with “Guv” written on it, and the American crew thought it was funny enough to ease tensions (at least for a while).
So, Is He Human Or Not?
The question of whether or not Deckard is a human or a replicant is a question that haunts
Blade Runner. It has inspired countless debates, including one between Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Rutger Hauer.
Harrison Ford has always believed that Deckard was human, mostly because he felt that if it turned out Deckard was a replicant undercut Deckard finding his humanity at the end of the movie. Hauer agreed with Ford, and before Scott started shooting the movie, he agreed with them.
But, Scott shot in such a way that it implies Deckard is a replicant, much to Ford’s disappointment. And as for what Scott thinks, he absolutely thinks Deckard is a replicant, which only pissed off Ford even further.
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