Rutger Hauer - RIP

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader reads that actor Rutger Hauer has shuffled off his mortal coil, aged 75. Your Maximum Leader first became aware of Rutger Hauer when he played his iconic role of Roy Batty in “Blade Runner.” He remembers watching that film in the small cinema at Beacon Mall on Route 1 in Alexandria (Fairfax County actually), VA in 1982. He loved the film when he saw it, and loves the film to this day. It is on your Maximum Leader’s personal Top Ten Films of All Time list. Your Maximum Leader loves the original cinematic release (with all of its cuts and with that voice over). He loves the “Director’s Cut” even more. (Some scenes were added in, the voice over narration was removed, and the “happy ending” was removed.) And he loves the “Final Cut” most of all. (With the “infamous” unicorn dream sequence.) Oddly, or not so oddly, your Maximum Leader didn’t care for “Blade Runner, 2049.” Cinematically, “2049″ was gorgeous. Then again, your Maximum Leader expects visual magnificence from Ridley Scott. In the end, your Maximum Leader felt that the “2049″ story didn’t need telling. The sequel is, in his mind, pointless. So, there is that.

One of the things (one of the many things) that made Blade Runner work was the stellar performance of Rutger Hauer. His brilliance in this role shows in this, Roy Batty’s final scene:

Your Maximum Leader has seen many other Hauer films, and films in which Hauer appeared. He was always as good as the role allowed him to be. He was, your Maximum Leader would say, a solid character actor that could be a leading man in the right role.

Rutger Hauer died last week (apparently) after a very brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, and children, and grandchildren. Gus am bris en la, Mr. Hauer.

Carry on.

2 Comments »
Robbo said:

You may think less of me for it, my liege, but I never saw “Blade Runner”.

OTOH, running through Hauer’s film bio, I see that he was a thorough journeyman, for which I have immense respect. And, I also see he played Vortigern in a Merlin-themed movie. Any man plays Vortigern is pretty bad-assed to my way of thinking. (Not that I liked the historickal johnnie, you understand, just that it’s a bad-ass role.)



I do not think less of you Robbo. Though, I will commend Blade Runner (the Final Cut) to you. It is a great film. It is visually stunning (even today after 37 years). The acting is great. The story works on many different levels. I do love it. And as an aside, I am sure many environmentalists love it for its depiction of 2019 as a time when the earth is in environmental flux, animal populations are decimated, and mankind is fleeing the dying planet to live on the off-world colonies.

I will have to have to look up Merlin on the Netflix.



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