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Blade Runner’s Harrison Ford Weighs In On Long

Jun 12, 2023Jun 12, 2023

Was Harrison Ford's Blade Runner character a human or replicant? It's a question that has long plagued fans of Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction classic. And when Denis Villeneuve made his 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049, the filmmaker shared with CinemaBlend that the discussion was a point of disagreement between Ford and Scott. Now the legendary actor behind Rick Deckard has shared his own take on the long-standing debate.

Per Villeneuve, when Blade Runner's director and star got in the same room, they "don't agree" and "start to talk very loud" about the whole thing. It certainly doesn't help that Ridley Scott's movie had no less than eight different edits of the film, with different endings and story devices. So, when Ford was asked by Esquire to speak to the disagreement, he said this:

I always knew that I was a replicant. I just wanted to push back against it, though. I think a replicant would want to believe that they're human. At least this one did.

Interesting. If you watched Blade Runner 2049, you know that Villeneuve's film didn't ultimately answer the question after the original film's ambiguity on the subject, perhaps on purpose. I don't know about you, but I think the whole point of the question has been the debate. You know what I mean? The idea that this world makes it so difficult for one to distinguish between who's human and who's a bioengineered humanoid is part of the beautiful and terrifying horrors of the science fiction classic.

It was reported before that Harrison Ford believed his character to be human and he played him as such in the Blade Runner movies. As for Ridley Scott, he previously shared his viewpoint on Deckard being a replicant (per Telegraph). However, Hampton Fancher, one of the screenwriters of the 1982 movie, has said that he didn't write Deckard as a replicant. Does anyone on this film actually agree about who Deckard is?

Harrison Ford answered the question from his point of view while explaining all sorts of elements of his career with Esquire. Check out the interview below:

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