The dark se­cret’s out

Blade Run­ner 2049 takes up the story 30 years after the orig­i­nal

Central Telegraph - - SCREEN LIFE - with Seanna Cronin Blade Run­ner 2049 opens on Thurs­day.

ONE of the most highly an­tic­i­pated films of the year, Blade Run­ner 2049, re­turns to Ri­d­ley Scott’s gritty, dystopian ver­sion of Los Angeles. Set three decades after the events of the 1982 film, this long-awaited se­quel fol­lows young blade run­ner Of­fi­cer K’s (Ryan Gosling) dis­cov­ery of a long-buried se­cret.

His quest for an­swers forces him to track down for­mer blade run­ner Rick Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford), who has been miss­ing for 30 years. In this Q&A, Ryan Gosling talks about Blade Run­ner’s legacy, his new char­ac­ter and work­ing with Har­ri­son Ford.

Q: Do you re­mem­ber what your first im­pres­sions were of the first Blade Run­ner?

A: I was about 14 years old, which I think was 12 years after the orig­i­nal had come out. So I think my first im­pres­sion was just the re­al­i­sa­tion of how in­flu­en­tial it had been on so much of what I had grown up watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to.

Q: Why do you think the film still has cult sta­tus to­day?

A: The film is haunt­ing. It’s hard to shake. It asks you to ques­tion your idea of what it means to be hu­man. It makes you ques­tion your abil­ity to recog­nise the hero from the vil­lain. It’s a night­mar­ish vi­sion of the fu­ture that’s some­how grounded and real and feels pos­si­ble, and yet it’s pre­sented in this sort of ro­man­tic dream­like way; so that sticks with you. Time has kind of proven its spe­cial­ness.

Q: What at­tracted you to this project? Why did you want to be part of the new Blade Run­ner?

A: When I heard that Ri­d­ley was con­sid­er­ing con­tin­u­ing the nar­ra­tive (as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer), I was al­ready in­vested, I al­ready wanted to know what hap­pened next. And then, given the abil­ity to en­ter that world and to help tell that story, it just felt like a real, spe­cial op­por­tu­nity.

Q: How did you pre­pare your­self for the role? Tell us who K is when we first meet him in the film.

A: The film picks up 30 years from where the first one left off. The world has be­come a much more harsh and iso­lated place. As a re­sult of that, the Blade Run­ner pro­fes­sion has be­come more com­pli­cated. I play a char­ac­ter named K, who when we first meet him is deep in the throes of those com­pli­ca­tions and

that iso­la­tion.

Q: Can you tell us more about this world that the film is set in?

A: Things have got­ten a lot worse. The en­vi­ron­ment has be­come toxic, the world in gen­eral is just more in­hos­pitable. Peo­ple are... barely liv­ing; they’re just sur­viv­ing. Hu­man­ity is re­ally al­most at its end.

Q: How would you set up the start of this film?

A: In the be­gin­ning of the film it’s a day like any other day; K is sent to re­tire a rogue repli­cant. He un­in­ten­tion­ally un­cov­ers a mys­tery that ul­ti­mately makes him and the au­di­ence ques­tion ev­ery­thing that they thought that they knew.

Q: Where has Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford’s char­ac­ter) been since the last film and what about the re­la­tion­ship he forms with K?

A: Deckard is a sig­nif­i­cant per­son of in­ter­est in my char­ac­ter’s case. K sets out to find him in or­der to get an­swers to ques­tions that have be­come very per­sonal to him.

Q: What was work­ing with Har­ri­son like and did you learn any­thing from him?

A: Har­ri­son is a great film­maker. There’s a rea­son why the ma­jor­ity of his films have be­come iconic, and why so many of them are be­ing re­vis­ited after all this time. He’s the con­stant in all of those equa­tions. There are many ways to play any given scene, but when you work with Har­ri­son you re­alise there’s only one great way, and he’s al­ready fig­ured it out be­fore any­one else.

PHOTO: FRANK OCKENFELS

◗ Ryan Gosling and Har­ri­son Ford star in the movie Blade Run­ner 2049.

SLOW BURNER: The orig­i­nal Blade Run­ner, re­leased in 1982, un­der­per­formed in Amer­i­can the­atres but has since be­come a cult film.

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