Harrison Ford said at a recent press conference in downtown Los Angeles that shooting the original “Blade Runner” was a “long time ago in a world far, far away.” Now 35 years later, Ford returns to that futuristic world in the sequel “Blade Runner 2049.”

Ford returns as Rick Deckard, a police “blade runner” who, in the original film, was hunting down replicants (a human-like android) in 2019 Los Angeles.

“I was looking for an opportunity to extend the audience's understanding of the character, to be part of the telling of the story … the whole (story) had to be something I really wanted to be involved in as well, not just my part,” said Ford on why he wanted to reprise the role. “I saw that potential. I also was anxious to work with the people involved, with (director) Denis (Villeneuve) and with Ryan (Gosling). For me it was a great opportunity.”

Gosling stars as Officer K, a blade runner who goes on a search for the long lost Deckard to help him unlock a mystery.

“It's a very unique opportunity, it's such a wildly unique film,” Gosling said. “When I first saw it, I was 12 and it had been out for 10 years. I thought I was just watching a science fiction movie, but what I experienced was very different. What was interesting about the film was not just the experience of watching it, but how it stays with you. I wouldn't have been asking myself at 12 what it meant to be a human being ... maybe not consciously, but subconsciously those seeds were planted.”

Released in June 1982, several versions of “Blade Runner” have been released including director Ridley Scott's “Director's Cut” in 1991, which Ford calls his favorite.

“I've been reminded how many filmmakers took inspiration from that film and how much it defined a certain type of visual storytelling, how strongly the effect of the film on our culture and the prescient of many of the things that were re-imagined that might be part of the future,” Ford said. “It's a huge influence on our culture and on my life.”

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