RIP, Rutger Hauer!

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

I cannot think of many actors who completely overshadowed Harrison Ford at the height of his fame. When he starred as Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner he was already world famous for playing Han Solo and Indiana Jones. While few will argue that Ford's name is synonymous with Blade Runner everyone will concede that in one rare moment of singular cinematic brilliance towards the end of the film a little known Dutch actor named Rutger Hauer completely overshadowed Ford with his sublime acting. Anyone who has seen Blade Runner will never be able to forget Roy Batty's 'Tears in the Rain' speech which Hauer greatly improvised to create a permanent space for him in the movie folklore. Here is what the villainous replicant character speaks seconds before his expiration, having unexpectedly rescued Deckard from a certain death in a final act of redemption:

"I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

Alas, Rutger Hauer is no more with us (he recently passed away at the age of 75) but his epic monologue (and his much greater cinematic legacy thanks to his other marvelous performances in films like The Legend of the Holy Drinker) will not not be lost in time and will in fact live on till the end of the times... RIP, Rutger "Roy" Hauer!

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