Star of the original ‘Blade Runner’ slams the ‘2049’ sequel

"No humour, no love, no soul"

Original Blade Runner cast member Rutger Hauer has slammed the 2049 sequel as ‘soulless’.

Hauer, who played replicant Roy Batty in the original 1982 sci-fi classic, has said that he doesn’t think the latest follow-up was “necessary”, and that it lacked any existential elements.

“It looks great but I struggle to see why that film was necessary,” Hauer told The Hollywood Reporter.”I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film.

“Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continued: “It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humour, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original, but that’s not enough to me.”

“I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

This comes after director and producer Ridley Scott admitted that the main issue with the acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 was that it was “fucking way too long“.

“I have to be careful what I say,” he said. “I have to be careful what I say. It was fucking way too long. Fuck me! And most of that script’s mine.”

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Ryan Gosling stars in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Scott also recently revealed that he is planning yet another Blade Runner sequel.

“I think there is another story,” he said. “I’ve got another one ready to evolve and be developed, so there is certainly one to be done for sure.”

Blade Runner 2049 is bringing back another classic character

Meanwhile, London’s Secret Cinema recently revealed that the original Blade Runner will be their first film of 2018.

Screenings will start on March 1, with tickets available here from 12pm on Thursday February 1.

This follows from past runs of classic films like 28 Days Later, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back and Back To The Future – inviting audience members to dress up as the cast and live out the film among actors in an immersive environment. Set in a neon dystopian future, Blade Runner looks set to be one of the most impressive displays yet.