Tuesday, June 12, 2007

All These Memoirs, Like Tears in the Rain

Rutger Hauer has written a memoir titled "All These Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners" and is on the dog and pony show circuit promoting it. CNN.com is running this piece in which Todd Leopold writes:

"[Hauer] credits the film's staying power to "[the meeting of] two of the most brilliant minds -- Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott combined," he says in a phone interview from his home near Los Angeles, California. 'It became a film of enormous depth, which is why it's lived for so long.'"

Of course you know that Hauer improvised the final lines of his soliloquy "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain" - but that's totally badass.

With regard to the forthcoming Blade Runner box set, Leopold continues:

"The film is getting a director's cut theatrical release this summer and a special edition DVD in the fall, and it's gone from box-office bust to renowned cult object, perhaps the most highly revered adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story the movies have done."

It sounds like Hauer has had a pretty cool life: he left the Netherlands and sailed the world at 15 - and who could forget his riveting performance as General Frank Lewis in The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point!

Somebody should check this book out and see if he ever met PKD - (can you imagine?). I'd be interested to know also what he thought of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It'd be interesting to know how he approached playing Batty who is described as disheveled and having a beer gut.

thanks David Pescovitz!

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