The day Rutger Hauer changed films forever

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The day Rutger Hauer changed films forever

Following his death, here is the back-story to his fabled 'tears in the rain' scene in 'Bladerunner'

Ed Power

The night before the most important speech of his life Rutger Hauer ripped it up and started over. The Dutch actor, who has died aged 75, was coming to the end of shooting Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and his soon-to-be-iconic turn as rogue artificial “replicant” Roy Batty. 

Hauer’s big moment – his dying address to robot hunter Deckard (Harrison Ford) – was due to be filmed the next morning on the Blade Runner set in Los Angeles.

But the dialogue didn’t sit right. So Hauer, an obscure 37-year-old from Utrecht performing in just his second English-language feature, sat down with a pen and paper and dug deep into his soul...

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