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Harrison Ford's Blade Runner Gripe
Ridley Scott masterpiece made little
impression on its leading man


07 October 1999  |  Written by   

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It's often been described as a masterpiece - indeed Empire readers saw fit to vote the movie number 15 in their all-time Top 100 films - but Ridley Scott's Blade Runner failed to make much of an impression on its own star.

Speaking to an American newspaper this weekend, Harrison Ford was decidedly lukewarm about the movie, 'I didn't like the movie one way or the other,' he said. 'I was a detective who did not have any detecting to do. In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very different.'

Talking about the most contentious part of the film - the voiceover that was eventually taken off the later-released Director's Cut version of Blade Runner - Harrison says; 'I contested it mightily at the time. It was not an organic part of the film.'

Not only that, but Harrison had no time to look at the scripts before the voiceover was recorded. When he entered the studio a writer handed him the script just moments before recording began. 'I said, "OK, let's not even talk about it. I'm just going to pick this up and read each one eight times. I'm not going to argue with you about any of the language. I'm not going to argue with you about the appropriateness of this. I will record each of these speeches eight times. You take your choice."'

The cause of Harrison's unusually lacklustre voiceover now becomes clear; 'I had no chance to participate in it, so I simply read it.' He says. 'I was very, very unhappy with their choices and with the quality of the material.'






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RE: RE: Harrison Ford's Blade Runner Gripe
L: Biggus The date on this article is 7th October 1999. How is this suddenly news? sp; Haha,   I think Empire 'bumped' it because of the increase of attention the film is getting prior to it's ultimate edition release. More

Posted by Mr Grady at 07:10 on 23 September 2007 | Report This Post

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This trivia is as old as the film itself, he hated sci-fi, he hated the reviews, he hated everything about it! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:21 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

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The date on this article is 7th October 1999. How is this suddenly news? More

Posted by Biggus at 20:19 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

Why is everyone moaning about him being grumpy? Its well documented that he didn't particularly get on with the role. He has been ASKED what his thoughts were on it and he has just reiterated his original comments. It's not like he's come out of retirement to slate the film. More

Posted by UTB at 20:14 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard blues
He's a moody old bugger, just like Deckard nd the fact there's no real emotion in the voiceover makes it that much better i reckon More

Posted by dj vivace at 19:48 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard blues
Harrison Ford, grumpy?! Good lord....  More

Posted by Lazy wolf eyes at 15:01 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard blues
Harrison ford is just a grumpy old bloke who likes to complain.  It is something he is progressivbely growing more famous for than the actual films he has been in. More

Posted by sanchia at 14:24 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

Deckard blues
So much has been written about Mr Ford and his Blade Runner experience. Does he really hate doing the voiceovers etc, Yes he probably didnt enjoy doing the movie, and maybe it isnt in his 100 greatest films of all time, but who cares! Blade Runner is such an amazing piece of filmwork, that nothing negative about it, can deter from the overall experience of seeing a film which has stamped its mark on cinematic history. It is a well known fact that Daryl Hannah considers the film to be the best More

Posted by The Driver at 07:10 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post


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