There’s no way that you’ve missed the hype of Blade Runner: 2049 because we sure haven’t. We thought now was a great time to brush up on some trivia to get you ready for the upcoming flick! Let’s get into the trivia!
1. If you can imagine, the original Director’s Cut completed by Ridley Scott ran over 4 hours long. Through the consultation of pretty much everyone in the editing, writing and directorial department — they urged him to cut it down and try to make sure audiences could follow the lore he wanted to show the world. The theatrical cut is nearly 2 hours long.
2. If you look and listen closely, you can see some re-used assets from Alien during scenes of computers inside vehicles. Listen, Ridley Scott knows what he likes and those Nostromo sounds were fire!
3. The final scene of Blade Runner was shot just mere hours before producers of the film were going to completely take control over production. This was due to Scott’s perfectionism for that end product. It was well known how intense and grueling the filming of Blade Runner was but that pay-off, most would say, was completely worth it. It still stands as Ridley Scott’s favorite of his films.
4. Daryl Hannah’s iconic make-up in Blade Runner was actually inspired by a vampire flick: Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre! Spooky but that cult reference is a winner!
5. Deckard is only ever called by his surname in the movie but his first name? Rick. Seems like we’ve got some pretty great Ricks in history! PICKLE RICK!
6. Back in the early eighties, they just did NOT have the magic of make-up departments like we do now. Because of that, it took three hours to glue sequins all over Joanna Cassidy. Three. Hours. Sorry, but nobody is spending three hours gluing anything to me, most of all freaking sequins! That’s some commitment!
7. Blade Runner was released fourteen years after the first publication of the book it was based upon ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K. Dick.
8. Rutger Hauer (Who I fell in love with all over again in this year’s video game ‘Observer‘) actually rented Maximillian Schell’s sweet Cadillac to cut down on transportation costs of the shoot. Is anybody cooler than this guy?
9. Ralph Bakshi, of the animated Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fame, was actually sought to direct Blade Runner and even do some animated inserts. He ultimately turned it down as he felt it was possibly too ‘gloomy’ to spend that much time working on. Take a minute and imagine what kind of movie Blade Runner would be if animated by Bakshi and his team.
10. Due to budget restraints, Zhora’s Snake Dance, was ultimately not readied for the final film. It would’ve had claymation and stop-motion animation that just couldn’t be tucked away for a movie that was taking already such care to get out the door. With the amount of tender loving care that went into getting Blade Runner made, it makes you wonder just how much more we could’ve had. Hey. Maybe we’ll see some of that coming up soon in Blade Runner: 2049!