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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 lon­gawaited se­quel fol­lows young blade run­ner Of­fi­cer K’s (Ryan Gosling) dis­cov­ery of long­buried se­crets.

His quest for an­swers puts him on a quest 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

When I heard that Ri­d­ley was con­sid­er­ing con­tin­u­ing the nar­ra­tive, 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.

When you got the role, how much did you know about what the new di­rec­tion of

Blade Run­ner 2049 was go­ing to be?

Well, I had read the script at that point. But I had been talk­ing to Ri­d­ley over the course of a year, or a cou­ple of years, while he was sort of noodling with the story and de­cid­ing whether he was go­ing to do it or not and so I would get lit­tle frag­ments here and there.

Talk about how you pre­pared your­self for the role. Tell us who K is when we first meet him in the film.

The film picks up 30 years after 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.

How would you set up the start of this film?

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.

Talk about Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford). Where he has been since the last film and about the re­la­tion­ship he forms with K.

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.

What was it like work­ing with Har­ri­son Ford?

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.

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

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.

When peo­ple see this new film, what do you hope they’re go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence?

Well I think there is an an­tic­i­pa­tion of this film … but I hope they feel like I felt when I first read the script, which is that it’s the next chap­ter in that story. Blade Run­ner 2049 opens in cin­e­mas today


Ryan Gosling and screen leg­end Har­ri­son Ford star in long-awaited sci-fi thriller Blade Run­ner 2049.

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