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Harrison Ford on Sunday night treated Blade Runner fans to the scornful studio notes given on his beloved 1982 sci-fi film while he presented at the Oscars. The iconic actor was bestowing the award for best film editing.
Ford opened his presentation by reading notes from a crumpled-up piece of paper about Blade Runner, though he did not say right away which film he was talking about — but fans of the Ridley Scott picture knew immediately.
“‘Opening too choppy. Why is this voiceover track so terrible?” a gruff Ford began. Fans of the film know Ford hated the voiceover track, which the studio insisted be added to better help viewers understand what was going on. It was removed from later cuts of the film.
“He sounds drugged,” Ford continued on, unimpressed. “Were they all on drugs? Deckard [Ford’s character] at the piano is interminable. Flashback dialogue confusing. Is he listening to a tape? Why do we need the third cut to the eggs? The synagogue music is awful on the streets. We’ve got to use Vangelis. Up to Zora’s [Joanna Cassidy)] death, the movie is deadly dull.”
He ended with the best zinger: “This movie gets worse every screening.”
While not a box office hit at the time, Blade Runner has gone on to become a Ford-fan favorite and even spawned a 2017 sequel.
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