The passing of famed “Blade Runner” actor Rutger Hauer has prompted an outpouring of tributes from filmmakers, actors, and fans on Twitter, honoring a career highlighted by one of the most famous monologues in sci-fi history.
Director Guillermo Del Toro praised Hauer as “an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.” “Law and Order: SVU” star Ice-T reflected on the time he worked with Hauer on the action film “Surviving the Game,” while KISS frontman Gene Simmons posted a picture of a VHS copy of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” in which the rock star played a terrorist being hunted down by a CIA agent played by Hauer.
Hauer’s “Blade Runner” co-star Daryl Hannah said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday, “I have a profound love and respect for Rutger Hauer. I am heartbroken to learn he has left us. He was unpredictable, extremely human, inspired, electric and mesmerizing.”
She continued: “It was thrilling to work with him as an actor and I admired his deep commitment as an activist, with his support of the important work of Sea Shepard and of those who fight against the scourge of AIDS.
But most quoted the famous “Tears In Rain” speech Hauer uttered as the replicant Roy Batty, one that was not a part of Hampton Fancher’s script and was improvised on set.
RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films. My personal favorites: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury. pic.twitter.com/1F2Via3mLY
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 24, 2019
Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/wFtZJs9Ui5
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) July 24, 2019
RIP Rutger Hauer ???? I had the honor of working with him in ‘Surviving The Game’ https://t.co/o2cQgBF9l2
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 24, 2019
RIP #RutgerHauer . You scared the shit out of me more than one time. Thank you for the great films
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) July 24, 2019
Just a reminder that Rutger Hauer added the “tears in the rain” line to his monologue in Blade Runner, which apparently brought the crew to tears ???? pic.twitter.com/B92zv7VtQO
— James (@praisegilgamesh) July 24, 2019
— Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic) July 24, 2019
“The death of Rutger Hauer’s a particularly tough one, because he had such a singular onscreen presence,” wrote Birth.Movies.Death editor Scott Wampler. “There’s no one else quite like him, never was, and we’re probably not getting another one. What a life that man had.”
“We’re still asking the questions of memory & existence he articulated with his eyes,” wrote critic Siddhant Adlakha.
Beyond “Blade Runner,” Hauer’s fans reminisced on more of their favorite moments from his career. Some discussed the cult creature feature “Split Second,” in which Hauer plays a cop tasked with hunting down a killer monster in the tunnels of a flooded dystopian London. Others remembered him in “The Hitcher,” in which he played a psychopathic serial killer who murders drivers who give him a ride.
— Stoney Parker (@stoney_parker) July 24, 2019
So sad that legendary actor Rutger Hauer has passed away.
"Hobo With A Shotgun" remains one of my primary guilty pleasures. pic.twitter.com/KV4r8C3pZP
— Chibi William Henry Harrison (@TobytheBeagle1) July 24, 2019
RIP Rutger Hauer. ????
Rather than the 'tears in the rain' gif, here's the poster of the underrated 1992 cyberpunk horror-mystery "Split Second," in which the main characters trudge through knee-deep water and fight a mutant sewer-thing in a future London fucked by climate change. pic.twitter.com/FrGkSEo3mY
— Jack Fennell (@JFennellAuthor) July 24, 2019
And while cinephiles have given most of the tributes, some gamers have also noted that the last role in Hauer’s career was in the recently released video game “Kingdom Hearts III” as the villainous Master Xehanort, a role that was previously played by Leonard Nimoy prior to his death in 2015.
This sticks out as Rutger Hauer's best scene in Kingdom Hearts III for me.
He just really nails it as Master Xehanort. pic.twitter.com/N0uanK7xL5
— KZ ???? (@KZXcellent) July 24, 2019
Rutger Hauer’s final video game credit is Kingdom Hearts III and I can’t help but smile thinking about the face he must have made while someone tried to explain to him who or what a Xehanort is
— A Cruel Angel's Beavis (@alex_navarro) July 24, 2019
“Farewell, Rutger. Too young, old friend,” wrote screenwriter Eric Red. “John Ryder in ‘The Hitcher’ is the umbilical cord we’ll always share. Everybody knew how bigger-than-life you were as a person but I’ll always remember your outrageous sense of humor and the laughs we had.”