“I was a replicant”: Harrison Ford Puts an End to Decades of Raging Fan Debate on Blade Runner’s Deckard

"I was a replicant": Harrison Ford Puts an End to Decades of Raging Fan Debate on Blade Runner's Deckard
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As long as viewers are interested in the unsolved mysteries of Blade Runner, the age-old argument over whether the film’s end reveals Rick Deckard to be a replicant still continues. Harrison Ford, on the other hand, has made up his mind on the subject, and his new response is not the same as his previous one. 

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Ford, who played Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, may have had a change of heart about the replicant nature of his character more than 40 years after the movie first hit theaters. For the unversed, the 80-year-old actor, who was a ‘blade runner’, was in charge of eliminating rogue androids that were intended to be indistinguishable from real people in the movie.

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Harrison Ford

Although Blade Runner 2049′s casting of Ford as ‘Deckard’ may have calmed some fans’ concerns, ‌it now seems that this may not be the case.

Therefore, during his interview with Esquire, Ford’s response will undoubtedly put an end to the decades-long, raging fan debate about Deckard from Blade Runner.

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Harrison Ford Offers His Opinion on the Long-standing Deckard Replicant Debate

Was the Blade Runner character played by Harrison Ford human or a replicant? Fans of Ridley Scott‘s 1982 science fiction classic have been tormented by this query for a very long time. And when Denis Villeneuve created Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, the director revealed that Ford and Scott disagreed on the topic.

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And recently, the renowned actor, who originated the role of Rick Deckard provided his own viewpoint on the age-old debate. Harrison Ford stated that he has always believed Deckard to be a replicant, which resolves a long-standing Blade Runner mystery.

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

The age-old debate over whether Deckard is revealed to be a replicant in the Blade Runner end will continue as long as viewers are interested in the film’s mysteries. But Ford has made up his mind on the subject, and his new response is different from his previous ones.

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The 80-year-old actor provided a clear response to Deckard’s query in an interview with Esquire conducted before his Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s release.

“I always knew that I was a replicant. I just wanted to push back against it though. I think a replicant would want to believe that they’re human. At least this one did.”

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Does The Deckard Mystery Need A Definitive Answer?

Denis Villeneuve had the opportunity to dispel any remaining doubt regarding Deckard’s replicant status with his 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049. However, Villeneuve opted to leave the issue unresolved by refusing to provide his own conclusive view on Deckard’s humanity, as he explained to CinemaBlend in 2017:

“Deckard, in the movie, is unsure, as we are, of what his identity is. Because I love that. I love mystery. That’s an interesting thing to me. I really love that. Again, Harrison and Ridley are still arguing about that. If you put them in the same room, they don’t agree. And they start to talk very loud when they do. It’s very funny.”

What really makes them memorable works of science fiction is that both the first Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are rife with questions about what makes a true human being. Thus, this offers plenty of material for philosophical debate. 

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Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones

The Air Force One actor is currently promoting Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, one of the most eagerly anticipated new film releases of 2023. He will play the adventurer in the film one last time when it debuts in theaters later this month.

The franchise’s fifth Indiana Jones film comes 15 years after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released. Also, this is the first one that the movie isn’t directed by Steven Speilberg. In his place, Logan director, James Mangold is helming the movie.

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Well, who knows—given that Indiana Jones is coming to an end—maybe Ford will be at the center of yet another venerable cinematic argument on June 30, when Dial of Destiny is released. 

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Source- Esquire

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