“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.”
It is one of the greatest death scenes in motion picture history.
Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty saves Rick Deckard, in an act of human-like compassion, from falling to his death from the dark rooftops of a bleak rainy wet cityscape. In the rain, did Roy cry human tears? We shall never know.
There are great actors out there we shall simply never see or hear of because of this one barrier – language. Hauer was not known to the English-speaking world until Blade Runner. One of the great villain actors but limited to these roles, he brought intensity to the films he acted in.
RIP, Roy, Rutger. You have made your “mark on existence”.