Ford and Ryan Gosling break down Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi sequel
It’s been more than three decades since Harrison Ford first brought Rick Deckard to the screen in Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner. Now, Ford is reprising his role in the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, and he says he had no trouble slipping back into this iconic sci-fi world.
“Of course I watched the earlier version of the film to remind myself of all of its ducks and dives. It’s a complicated movie,” Ford told EW at Comic-Con in San Diego. “But the thing that attracted me to this particular project was that the character was brought to a place that to me made sense. And it had an emotional underpinning that’s something that I always look for in a role. So I thought it was a great script, and I’m very pleased.”
Denis Villeneuve is taking over for Scott on the sequel (which also stars Ryan Gosling), and although the director is no stranger to helming ambitious films — he’s responsible for films like Sicario and Arrival — he says Blade Runner 2049 was an entirely different beast.
“It was the scope,” he says. “Every day had its own technical challenges. The movies I’d done before, there were like two or three scenes that you knew would be more tricky, technically. But this one, it was like on every day, there were huge challenges from a technical point of view. And it was a longer shoot than I’d ever had in the past. It was 105 days of shooting, so for the audience, that maybe means nothing, but for me as a director, it was like making three movies in a row. So I learned during this experience what the word ‘stamina’ means.”
Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters Oct. 6. For a full breakdown of Blade Runner’s Comic-Con footage, head here.