From Roy Batty of Blade Runner to Captain Etienne Navarre of Ladyhawke to Daniel Lazarski of Observer.
The Director's Cut of Blade Runner was one of the first films I think I ever saw on video cassette. Probably a lot younger than I should have seen it, but it was never too beyond understanding, never too overwhelming. It inspired an entire genre, even an ideology, that we're seeing influence even the stories of now.
Part of its power lies with its ability to gently shift the focus, and therefore your sympathies, over the course of the story from Deckard to Roy. I don't think it would have been nearly as effective at doing that if not for Rutger Hauer. His poetry, the magnetism of his eyes, his sense of purpose. A role played with the sincerity and complex texture you'd expect of a major character role. And as Roy bowed out in 2019, so too does Hauer.
From the moment he looks up and utters the word: "Time..." *snaps fingers* He has us. Rest in peace.
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
The antagonist in my favorite film of all time. He humanized Roy Batty in unexpected ways, making him ruthless, vigorous, and unapologetic. Very sorry to hear of Hauer's passing, but grateful for his gifts.
I actually did not know until today that he rewrote part of that final monologue himself. The "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" part is from the original script, but the far more poetic (IMO) part "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die" were his own creation because he thought the script was over-written and wanted to create something that felt.