With Ryan Gosling teaming up with Harrison Ford for Blade Runner 2049, many believed that was the extent to which filmmaker Denis Villeneuve would be giving a nod to the 1982 installment. This week though, Edward James Olmos stepped forward to reveal that his character Gaff would also be making an appearance. A whopping 35 years after fronting the character in Ridley Scott's original.
Speaking with The Trend Talk Show, the 70-year old outlined that the man he played literally half a lifetime ago will be back.
"I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract," he begun. "I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn't talk about it. I couldn't talk to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I'm telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049."
The Gaff Is Back In The Saddle
Gaff would be a covert identity in the original where he could use something called 'Cityspeak' to communicate with Ford's Rick Deckard. While his screen time has been significantly cut short, he still sounds excited to front the project.
"Well, it's not about Gaff, but it's about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then," he explains. "They come to me, I'm now retired. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone but my role is like it was in the original, that time I only had four scenes, in this I only have one. But again, it's a poignant little piece of work that I'm very grateful for."
Gaff A Master of the Tongue
Reflecting on his time with filmmaker Ridley Scott for a movie that still stands the test of time, Olmos told the program that he felt comfortable knowing what the director wanted from the film. More than just a sidekick to Ford's hero, the actor argued that the biggest challenge for him was mastering the linguistics.
"We were very lucky that Ridley Scott is a very secure artist, within himself. I brought that to the piece, I brought the cultural dynamic to it. I spoke 10 different languages, I was a mixture of different cultures, and it was really amazing that he allowed me to do it, because I didn't even speak in English, really."
Blade Runner 2049 will be released in the United States as of October 6, 2017 in regular format, 3D and IMAX 3D.