Blade Runner Actor Rutger Hauer Passes Away at 75

Roy Batty
Daily Stormer
July 25, 2019

I expect that it’s hard for younger readers to appreciate the effect that Blade Runner had on cinema and sci-fi when it came out. It feels like a page has been turned and something definitive but hard to define just came to an end.


Actor Rutger Hauer, who starred in 1982’s Blade Runner, has died at the age of 75.

The star died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness, his agent confirmed.

Hauer played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, which was directed by Ridley Scott and also starred Harrison Ford.

The actor’s funeral was held on Wednesday.

Hauer’s character gives a famous speech during a face-off with Ford at the end of Blade Runner, dialogue which he helped write himself.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe,” he is seen telling Ford. “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.”

Hauer is quoted as telling an interviewer his character – who had only a four-year lifespan – wanted to “make his mark on existence”.

“The replicant in the final scene, by dying,” he said, “shows Deckard [Ford’s character] what a real man is made of.”

The scene (if you haven’t seen it yet you should watch the movie) in question:

You know, there used to be such optimism and hope about the future.

It all ended when Blade Runner came out. And then other films like Terminator picked up where it left off – depicting a future that wasn’t so sunshiney and bright. A future that is actually, ironically, brighter than the one we are currently staring down right now. But I’ve written about Cyberpunk before, and we’ll have time to come back to the topic in the near future.

This about Rutger Hauer – the actor – and the important work that he did while he was alive. It must seem strange for a right-winger to care about his passing considering that he was a bit of a shitlib in real life. But this matters far less than you would think in the grand scheme of things that have not yet come to pass.

Because legacy and memory belong in the realm of the living and that means how the living remembers the dead is what really matters. Rutger’s memories and dreams are gone… like tears… in the rain…

But Rutger will live on through Roy. 

And Roy takes on a life of his own based on how the living interpret his spirit and will. To me, Roy will always be the Aryan Ubermensch from the stars who came down to our world to take revenge for his people and to rage against the dying light. And Rutger Hauer was given a rare opportunity to channel that powerful spirit and to be its vessel, for however brief a moment.

He seems to have come to terms with this realization himself before his death:

Rutger Hauer talks about how half of his soul became Roy Batty during filming and I’m inclined to believe him. This is reinforced by the fact that both Rutger and Roy died in 2019, the year that Blade Runner was set in. Rutger and Roy – man and spirit – were linked in a way that is rarely seen in real life, let alone cinema.

And that spirit has moved on now. 

Rutger Hauer did a man’s job in his time by harnessing that ephemeral force, allowing it to flow through him and using his talents to refine it and let its longing resonance be more keenly felt by others who would come after him and inherit that will.

I obviously believe that we are the inheritors of Roy’s spirit now – and that we will, one day, against all odds, make it all the way up there and return it home to the shoulder of Orion near the Tannhäuser Gate where it began its great journey down to us all those years ago.

Top Comments

  1. G-Man says:

    Beautiful tribute, that interview with Hauer is very moving.

  2. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

    I’ve always loved this quote, especially when contrasted with the absolute dump the actual story takes place in.

  3. Great eulogy. Blade runner is also towards the end of the era of action and science fiction being aimed at both kids and thinking adults where the more you bring to it, the more you get out of it. It was genre but also just a good film that transcended genre.

    Dealing with the arts like this eulogy and Andrew’s review of the Kushner crime family book are some of the highlights for me of DS.

    It is sad how fast and far we have fallen where something as childish and amateurish as the Avengers is treated as excellent entertainment.

    Pessimism about the future seems to have always brought out the best in many writers. Cases in point include 1984, Brave New World, 2001 and Clockwork Orange.

  4. Rutger Hauer was most likely blocked from multiple top level roles because of he was a stellar example of white genetics. I don’t think he got to the level where he should have been because of jews. He was instead given low to middling roles, and never developed.

    Ladyhawke was also a great film of his.

  5. Rest in Peace Rutger. We’ll see you on the Other Side

  6. GOLAZ says:

    Awesome tribune, man. I’m not a fan of the first Blade Runner despite its incredible production values, simply because it drags at times with some silly dialogues. I saw the different versions and I prefer the theatrical cut ending but with the annoying voiceover dialogues excised except for the closing end v.o. narration.

    Roy the replicant’s death scene when he delivered the monologue about seeing things no one would believe is itself mesmerizing and iconic. That “samurai death poem” monologue alone should be made into the prequel about the replicants led by Roy.

    Here’s to the great Rutger Hauer’s memory, with some memorable cheesy action pictures like Blind Fury and Split Second.

    This tall, handsome, platinum blonde Dutchman was truly one of the Teutonic men that survived the ravages of WWII. Dutch was called “Swamp German”.

    Edit: For details, Philip Dick’s impression of the rough cut of Blade Runner, and the history of Dick’s rapport with the film production especially inferring that the replicants represent the “Nazi Aryan” stereotype. (Scroll down to the subheader Nazis and “Androids”)

    For comparison to the theatrical cut interspersed with studio-forced shitty voiceover narration dialogues, director’s cut and the final cut.

    Edit II: It was Rutger who wrote the brilliant brief monologue. Whoa.

  7. One copy should be retained in the Museum of Degenerate Art and Literature on Adolf Hilter Platz in New York.

  8. “Tears in Rain” will always be remembered as one of he greatest monologues in all of film.

  9. I wish neon Nazis would start creating sci-fi content. Books comics art…Not some dark heavy metal wet dream bullshit but instead some sort of bright North Star to give us a beacon to advance towards; to give us hope…Awesome article. That scene still gives me chills.

  10. This about Rutger Hauer – the actor – and the important work that he did while he was alive. It must seem strange for a right-winger to care about his passing considering that he was a bit of a shitlib in real life.

    My general rule on this is, if the art is anti-White on its face, then no, I won’t patron it, e.g. rage against the machine or midnight oil, but if the artist is a shitlib yet didn’t imbue the art with an anti-White subtext or overt anti-White narrative, then no, I’m not going to get bent out of shape and refuse to enjoy that art. I saw people float this yesterday in the tactical news team thread I made about Hauer’s passing, and I’ve heard right-wingers hit on this for as long as I can remember, even in my libertarian days, but I just think it’s kind of autistic to only consume art from people who agree with you ideologically tbh. Plenty of shitlibs enjoy Richard Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, et. al.

    Roy Batty the character was a very compelling performance, and it’s just generally sad that the brilliant mind who channeled that role, and rewrote the final monologue to include the famous “tears in rain” bit, is now forever lost, never to conceive and deliver a performance so beautifully again. The art that is Batty, along with his other roles, will be forever immortalized in film and the collective memory, but Hauer’s death certainly crystallizes that immortality.

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