Friday, 26 July 2019

RIP Rutger Hauer . . .

I heard the news yesterday that Rutger Hauer has died. This is very sad.

My first encounter with Rutger Hauer on the screen remains, to this day, one of my favourites. He's starred in many films and shows throughout his acting career, including 'Blade Runner'. I loved that film growing up, and who could forget that brilliant, iconic speech at the end?

"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."

But this wasn't my first encounter. I was born in 1980 and Blade Runner first come out in 1982 so I didn't see it until many years later but my first encounter was seeing him in 'Ladyhawke', a medieval fantasy starring him, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick.

I fell in love with that film back then and it still remains a nostalgic favourite today. Yes, it hasn't dated too well (that synth soundtrack still sounds like some cheesy 80's masterpiece) but the tragic story line of cursed lovers, he a wolf by night and she a hawk by day so they can never meet, stole my young heart. And who couldn't love Navarre! I'm sorry but I still watch him caped in black and sitting upon his impressive steed today, and it still makes me go slightly weak at the knees. 

I was more a film kid than a cartoon kid growing up, and there are a few films I remember falling in love with back then that I attribute to my love of fantasy today (the horror came later), and Ladyhawke sits right there at the top of the list. So I'm deeply saddened by the passing of a childhood hero...



7 comments:

  1. I remember seeing Blade Runner, but it's been so long ago, I don't remember much about it anymore. The other movie sounds intriguing, but I never saw it. Might be time to check it out, eh?

    RIP Mr. Hauer.

    You? Have a super weekend. Maybe you can watch one of those movies...

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  2. Funny this is, I raved about Ladyhawke to a friend of mine, and she watched it for the first time and hated it. I think it had something to do with the cheesy synth music score it has - which was great back in the 80's. But I love the film and think it should be watched at least once. I hope you have a good weekend too :)

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  3. I loved that movie so much, I had a cat named Rutger when I was a teen. He was a great actor.

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