Harrison Ford has been talking about reprising his role as Deckard in Blade Runner 2049. Speaking at a Facebook Live event to coincide with the launch of the film’s trailer, Ford said that he was intrigued by the way that the character was woven into this new story, and revealed that we’ll find out what has happened to Deckard during the intervening years early in proceedings.
"I remember a scene that I did with [co-star] Ryan [Gosling], towards the beginning of our meeting with each other. And it was a scene about the history that transpired between the last time you saw the character and how you see him now. And the reference between the two characters, and it was unexpectedly deep – emotionally deep – and a really rich kind of recipe. I was really excited about working with him – it was the first scene we had together that was complex and sort of out there."
As for why he's returning to one of his most famous roles, Ford said, "I think that the character is woven into the story in a way that intrigued me. There’s a very strong emotional context and the relationship between Deckard and other characters I found fascinating. I think it’s interesting to develop a character after a period of time. To revisit a character. It was a very interesting experience working with [director] Denis [Villeneuve], working with Ryan, and working with the other people involved in the film – it was a very gratifying experience. I really had a good time."
Gosling was also at the event, and said that the original film stayed with him long after he watched it. "It was one of the first films I’d seen that it wasn’t clear how I was supposed to feel when it was over," he explained. "It made me question what it meant to be a human being. It made me question my ability to recognise the hero from the villain. It was this nightmarish vision of the future but presented in this romantic, dream-like way. So it was very haunting. And really one of the first films where I really wondered what happened when it was over. What happened in that world, to those characters. So to have the opportunity to really physically enter that world and be a part of it and learn the answers to those questions was a wonderful opportunity."
And while both Ford and Gosling were keeping their cards close to their chest when it came to the film's plot, director Villeneuve did offer this morsel of information: "We are still exploring the themes of memories and empathy. That’s still part of the deeper tissue of where the movie evolves, or what the movie is about, in relationship to what it means to be human."
Blade Runner 2049 hits screens this October.