TEARS IN THE RAIN

Time to Die

Rutger Hauer, best known for his performance as replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, has died at 75.

Blade Runner is not my all-time favorite film, but it’s in the top three. Bilge Ebiri, writing in The New York Times, writes about his performance in the film with obvious reverence. It was a chilling, yet soulful performance.

Of course, he will be most remembered for his short, dying soliloquy that director Ridley Scott allowed Hauer to improvise. It was poetry in a neon-noir movie, 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.”

What a beautiful piece of acting.