Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has died at 75 years old on July 19, 2019 at his home in Netherlands.
Cause of death is an undisclosed illness.
Aside from being an actor, Rutger Hauer was also a writer, and an environmentalist noted for his ability to infuse roles with both determined action and pensive intelligence.
In the 1982 science fiction thriller movie, Blade Runner, Rutger Hauer improvised the famous “tears in rain speech“. Blade Runner’s eccentric and violent but sympathetic antihero, Roy Batty, is one of his most famous roles.
“Tears in rain” (aka “C-Beams Speech”) is a monologue delivered by character Roy Batty in the 1982 film Blade Runner. It was altered by Rutger Hauer from the scripted lines the night before filming.
The dying replicant Roy Batty delivers the lines to Rick Deckard, whose life Batty has just saved, despite the fact that Deckard was sent to terminate him. The scene occurs during a heavy downpour of rain, moments before Batty’s own death. Reflecting on his experiences and imminent mortality he says (with dramatic pauses between each statement):
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. Time to die.
– Roy Batty
For his performance in Blade Runner, Rutger Hauer was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Rutger Hauer was best known for his roles in the following movies:
- Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982)
A neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. Roy Batty is the leader of the renegade Nexus-6 replicants and the main antagonist of the film.
- William Earle in Batman Begins (2005)
A superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Nolan and David S. Goyer. William Earle is the CEO of Wayne Enterprises, who takes the company public in Bruce’s long-term absence.
- Etienne of Navarre in Ladyhawke (1985)
An American medieval fantasy film about a young thief who unwillingly gets involved with a warrior and his lady that are hunted by the Bishop of Aquila. Etienne of Navarre is the former Captain of the Guard of Aquila who, with Isabeau, is hunted by the Bishop.
- John Ryder in The Hitcher (1986)
An American road action horror film.
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