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R.I.P. Rutger Hauer

It was announced today that one of my favorite actors, Rutger Hauer, passed away on July 19, 2019. The loss of this actor has gutted me today. He was best known for his role as replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982), but I recently watched his masterful performance as Joseph Peach in Channel Zero - Butcher's Block, which I wholly recommend you go watch right now. (Side note: as horrific and messed up this anthology is, I'm surprised that it was produced by SYFY, since none of them contain what you could call science fiction.)

Blade Runner was probably the first sci-fi film I viewed and one that got me, and probably a lot of other people, hooked not only in the genre but also got me reading Philip K. Dick (If you didn't know it already, "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" was the source material for Blade Runner.) Hauer's soliloquy (which he wrote!) at the end of the film was hauntingly wonderful and I'll watch the movie every time just to view his performance.

Today, the world's a little bit poorer and we all hope he's seeing things we wouldn't believe.

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