Denis Villeneuve Made 'Blade Runner 2049' Out of "Pure Love of Cinema" | Director Roundtable
Villeneuve said he had to "make peace with what could be the worst," and was afraid of being "banned from the cinematic community," for remaking 'Blade Runner.'
Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve shared voiced fears to The Hollywood Reporter's Director Roundtable saying he surely thought, "everyone was going to hate me because I dared to do [the remake of the classic film, Blade Runner.]"
"But there was a strong call to do it, no matter anything. And I agreed before I was able to do it because I made peace with the idea that it might be my last film."
Villeneuve gained major recognition with his 2015 film Sicario staring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro before going on to earn his first Oscar nomination for Arrival the following year, starring Amy Adams.
"I'm very proud of the actors [in the film]," Villeneuve told THR. "Ryan [Gosling] was my muse and supporter."
Villeneuve was also "deeply touched" by the experience of working with Harrison Ford. "You cannot fake that excitement," he said of the actor. "I felt he was really sincerely happy to be there with us working at 5 a.m. in the dark, in the water. I felt his passion alive. I felt his that his fire was still there." The director confession Ford was one of his childhood heroes. "There's a saying, 'Never meet your heroes,'" Villeneuve said, but added, "it just increased my admiration and my love for him, because sincerely he's a committed artist."
The full Director Roundtable also features Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie, Greta Gerwig, Joe Wright and Patty Jenkins, and airs on SundanceTV, Sunday, Jan. 21. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year’s top films.