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Why do Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford lose it during ‘Blade Runner’ segment?


It’s kind of a fun segment, which you can view below. Gosling and Ford are being interviewed by Alison Hammond for a UK morning show, and between Hammond’s personable demeanor, and the availability of what looks to be scotch or bourbon kept at hand — England is so very different from the US in that sense — what was supposed to be a discussion of the new Blade Runner flick turns into a giddy four minutes where nothing much is said at all.

After reading David Ives’ review of Blade Runner 2049, I think I know why.

Thanks to Sony’s impressively hefty non-disclosure agreement, which I did not sign but will honor the spirit of, there is little of the actual plot of Blade Runner 2049 I can discuss. Basically, I can reveal that Blade Runners (police officers commissioned to hunt down rogue replicants) are still around in the year 2049. One such Blade Runner, ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling), stumbles across a mystery connected to the disappearance of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and his replicant lover Rachael (Sean Young) 35 years earlier.

Because the public revelation of this secret — to which I can offer no clues without Sony cursing my family for generations to come — could possibly cause worldwide upheaval, ‘K’ is tasked by his superior Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) with erasing all evidence of it from existence. He is dogged at every step by other interested parties such as the new head of the replicant-manufacturing Tyrell Corporation, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), and an underground network of runaway replicants.

And that’s about all I can give you story-wise before the film is released without running the risk of having Sony make me disappear. Beyond that, all I can offer are impressions.

David actually likes the movie, and you should go read the whole review, but it must be a very difficult thing for film stars to discuss the product they’re promoting when they can only give a bare bones murmur to the premise.

Anyway watch the video; it’s kind of fun.

Elizabeth Scalia is Editor-at-Large at Aleteia and the award-winning author of Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life and Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick You. ​
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