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Rutger Hauer, who turns 62 today, is an unlikely 80s hero at first, but check out the stats on the back of his player card. He scores big in three 80s movies in particular:

-- Inside the Third Reich: played Nazi architect Albert Speer. (He'd play a Nazi again years later in the HBO movie Fatherland.)
-- Blade Runner: chilled audiences as Roy (photo left), the evil replicant in perhaps the most underrated sci-fi movie of all time. "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 Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die. "
-- Ladyhawke: suddenly a hero now as Capt. Navarre in a medieval movie that also features Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer.

So compelling were his roles as Nazis that I always assumed he was German. He's Dutch in fact. Allegedly, he was the person Anne Rice had in mind for her vampire Lestat in her book Interview with the Vampire. (He actually did appear in two other vampire movies -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Salem's Lot).

Hauer continues to crank out the movies these days -- he has four titles in post-production this year alone. Makes you wonder if he's not really a replicant afterall.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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