All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners

All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners

by Rutger Hauer

He came to mainstream prominence as a machine more human than his creators in Blade Runner, terrified us as a hitchhiker bent on his own death and the death of anyone who got in his way in The Hitcher, and unforgettably portrayed a lonely king roaming the night as a wolf and pining for the love of a hawk during the day in Ladyhawke.Rutger Hauer has dazzled audiences for years with his creepy, inspiring, and villainous portrayals of everyone from a cold-blooded terrorist in Nighthawks to a blind martial arts master in Blind Fury, but his movie career was nothing compared to his real-life adventures of riding horses, sword fighting, and leaving home at fifteen to scrub decks on a freighter and explore the world.From poverty to working with a traveling theater troupe to his breakout European performance in Turkish Delight and working with legendary directors such as Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop and Basic Instinct) and Ridley Scott (Alien and Gladiator), Hauer has collected All Those Moments here.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Biography
  • Rating: 3.64
  • Pages: 254
  • Publish Date: April 24th 2007 by Dey Street Books
  • Isbn10: 0061133892
  • Isbn13: 9780061133893

What People Think about "All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners"

"That's Rutger Hauer." I probably said it in French. A precedence was set and I must keep it real for Rutger Hauer. It's Rutger Hauer! My guess is that Hauer dictated to Quinlan and he put stuff down in what he thought was the true Hauerian way. My idea of the Rutger Hauer way is a bit different. It's what he says in the beginning of the book (and several more times) about not having confidence but not feeling conflicted on which decisions to make. I'm crazy like that I think I can tell what wheels are turning in people's minds when I look at them). It's good for a punch line to just say creepy shit like stalking and almost baby killing. I'll never know) quoted one of the Guinness ads in the book. I liked that he would come out and say that Michelle Pfieffer and Sly Stallone were tools (if I wrote the book I'd have made up some mean shit about Donald Sutherland just because I could). I already know that no one knows what they are doing, the right time and place play a part in movie magic, actors sit around a lot, they don't work out more often than they do. Is it fair to expect Hauer's book to tell me what I don't already know? Some of the time it felt like "Let's get this out of the way." Hauer says that most of the time the way the writer wrote it is the way to go. I liked what Hauer had to say about that. I liked what Hauer had to say about that. I don't know if I agree with him that film isn't the actor's medium. Blade Runner is Hauer's favorite. It is also my favorite of all of the films that Hauer has been in. He genuinely loves this movie and has things to say about it that aren't "Now let's go to the next part on the timeline." (Don't read this next part if you haven't seen Blade Runner. I'm with Hauer that the voice over was not needed (Harrison Ford's monotone was also annoying) and including an aerial shot from a different movie (The Shining) was freaking retarded. I didn't really like it because if Deckard himself is a machine, then the whole story of a battle of wits and wills between man and machine dies for me. To me, Blade Runner investigates what life and what being human are about- and the investigation is done by Roy rather than Deckard." I thought that there were hints that Deckard is a machine without that scene. I agree with Hauer that Roy is more human than the humans in the story. But I feel that having Deckard also be a machine demonstrates how people feel like cogs in the machine, and only wake up some of the time. I really liked reading about Hauer's theories. It was interesting to me that he saw himself as Roy. Like the photos that Deckard has of Roy doing the thinking position of Rodin's Thinker. How would Roy know about that, asks Hauer? Those times he thinks of it as not being Roy. Interesting. Roy's final line is (and where the title of this book comes from) "All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain". (Hauer says this was his line. Hauer thinks that it was his programmer who wanted Roy to say that before he dies. I like that we don't know. I liked so very much the slow way (director Ridley Scott's idea) that Roy speaks. It's something new to think about a favorite movie. I really did like this part of the book. Both of these are Rutger Hauer film favorites of mine. Do I have to come to their homes and say "That's Rutger Hauer! All wannabe actors lie about having these mad skills and Hauer really had them. That's what that part of the book felt like. I still really like Rutger Hauer but I am the unfair sort of person that would prefer to make weird shit up.

To cover all the films Rutger Hauer has appeared in you would need a whole library, rather than just one book.

All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants and Blade Runners, Rutger Hauers autobiography, was a damned enjoyable book. I was a big fan of many of his films when I was growing up, LadyHawke and Blade Runner being two on the forefront. Later chapters cover individual films he worked on and how he influenced the characters played, making them into the classic personas many of us know. A fine example would be the title of this book, taken from poetry spoken by Batty in Blade Runner. It just is not that kind of memoir.

For all the cheesy films he did, he always played his character to perfection. There are no images in the eBook version, which I didn't know until I got to the very end and it mentioned it. Now I'm curious as to what the images are in the Dead Tree Book versions.

It's a bit of a shame that he has not been given more better quality roles, he's a talented actor.

Published in 2007, it is an autobiography but a lot of the details are very sketchy - of his childhood he mentions a close relationship with his younger sister Machteld and that his parents were both actors (a situation made difficult in postwar Netherlands, which necessitated them leaving the children for months at a time, which Hauer cannot understand) - but gives more details in his year at sea when he was 15. With this stability in his life, his acting career begins to take off (his working relationship with Paul Verhoeven is key) and following several well-received Dutch films, he ventures abroad, making Nighthawks (he and Stalllone locked horns as the latter over-rode the director on the film) and more.

He gives some cursory glimpses of his childhood and young-adulthood, but other than brief appearances of his second wife (no mention of his first wife or daughter), everything else is career talk.

I'm a big fan of Rutger's, largely due to his memorable performances as Roy Batty in Blade Runner and John Ryder in The Hitcher.

I was hoping he would give details on working with the late Sam Peckinpah on The Osterman Weekend, but all we get is a one sentence mention of reuniting with an Osterman co-star a few year later on another film.

It all works for a while, it's pretty fun - but after 200 pages (which comprises his life story), there's about 55 pages of filler.