Agent K was haunted by Rick Deckard’s reputation throughout his time in Blade Runner 2049. It turns out K actor Ryan Gosling’s on-set strategy, with encouragement from 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, was to imagine that Deckard actor Harrison Ford was judging him from the corner of the room at every turn.
“When we first started shooting, Denis would say, ‘Let’s just imagine that Harrison is sitting in the corner watching this,’” Gosling told MyM magazine. “So most of the time in my imagination he was there with his arms folded, shaking his head. So when he finally arrived it was such a relief, because he just rolled up his sleeves and got right to work. I felt like the movie finally began.”
The much-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic Blade Runner will see Deckard return to begrudgingly aid Agent K in his mission to stop the megalomaniacal Niander Wallace (Jared Leto). So, while they’ve probably got that locked down, they still have to figure out the whole “are we replicants?” thing.
Blade Runner 2049 premieres in theaters on October 6.