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.
Dutch actor, writer and environmentalist, Rutger Oelsen Hauer, has died 19 July 2019, aged 75. Having acted in films, fantasy, science-fiction and contemporary, Hauer is most famously known for rewriting part of his lines, called the C-Beams speech, at the end of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. He was portraying Roy Batty, the replicant Harrison Ford's character, Rick Deckard, was sent to kill.
Hauer's roles in fantasy films and television have not gone unnoticed however. He was Captain Etienne Navarre in Ladyhawke, Lothos the vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yes there was a movie), a mystic monk in Nostradamus, William Earle in Batman Begins, King Vortigern in Merlin, Kingsley in Galavant, Niall Brigant in True Blood and many more. One role he's done more recently though was the President of the World State Federation in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Another one was the Viking Dane Ravn, in The Last Kingdom TV series (see video clip above).
Here is a selection of clips featuring the late Hauer in several fantasy and science fiction roles in film and television series.
1. Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner, as he delivers his improvised 'C-Beams speech' to Rick Deckard (1982)
2. Hauer as Captain Etienne Navarre in Ladyhawke, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer (1985)
3. Hauer as King Vortigern in Merlin (1998)
4. Hauer as William Earle in Batman Begins, alongside Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (2005)
5. Hauer as Niall Brigant in HBO's True Blood (2013)
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Terry Astrial is an alias I'm using for this website & our social media channels (yep, it's not my real name). I'm born & raised in Asia.