Harrison Ford delivered a mini roast of Blade Runner during his presentation slot at the Oscars this year.
In typical Ford fashion, everything about his roast was dry, yet it still packed plenty of heat, as he appeared on stage to present the award for Best Film Editing, carrying a crumpled piece of paper in his pocket, containing the scornful studio notes for 1982’s Blade Runner. He then proceeded to share those “editorial suggestions” with the audience to highlight the difficulties of the editing process.
“I’d like to share some notes, some editorial suggestions that were prepared after the screening of, uh, a movie I was in,” Ford joked before launching into his grill session of Blade Runner, in which he starred as the brooding replicant-hunter Rick Deckard. “Opening too choppy. Why is this voice-over track so terrible? He sounds drugged.”
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He continued: “Were they all on drugs? Dekker at the piano is interminable. Flashback dialogue is confusing. Is he listening to a tape? Why do we need the third cut to the eggs? The synagogue music is awful on the street. We’ve got to use Vangelis. Up to Zora’s death, the movie is deadly dull. This movie gets worse every screening.”
Several different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner exist as a result of changes requested by studio executives. Fans have debated for decades about which is the definitive version, with some absolutely championing Ford’s legendarily lazy reading of the voiceover narration he outwardly dislikes, while others have shown appreciation for Scott’s later alterations on The Final Cut.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a movie would be released in a different edition. Films like The Wild Bunch and Close Encounters of the Third Kind had been re-released in theaters to take advantage of the novelty. However, it is one of the earliest examples of a movie using the words “Director’s Cut” in its marketing, which opened up a whole new aspect of the home video marketplace.
For more coverage of the Academy Awards, check out the full list of Oscars winners, find out how Chloé Zhao made history with her Best Director win, and see Anthony Hopkins’ tribute to Chadwick Boseman.