[…] 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 Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
Roy Batty – 1982 – Blade Runner, Ridley Scott
When seven am I got a call for a shooting from my Photoeditor in Milano, this was not exactly what I was dreaming of. But as I heard the name: Rutger Hauer, so … I got thrills and I thought about “Isabò” (Isabeau).
When I arrived running at the “Cineteca” of Bologna it was so hot like only in Bologna a September can be. And there was nobody. I moved inside to get something at the small bar and the I saw Rutger talking with the bar keeper. The guy was talking an English that just Italians can speak and he was trying to give some information to the Netherland`s Actor.
I put myself in the middle of the conversation (like I always do!) and in few minutes I found myself sitting at a table for a coffee.
Of course I was there just to realize a photoshooting with him, some portrait and some context pictures, but I learned do not let go these moments where you can establish a special relation with the the people you are going to shoot. But more then everything, I couldn`t let go the chance to talk with one of my favorite Character of my adolescence!
“I know, everybody would have asked you about Roy, it was a fantastic charachter, yes, I mean … but, I want to know something about Navarre!” – I was asking him, thikning: “It’s day, old man. Like it was yesterday, like it will be tomorrow.“.
“This was something I will never forget …” – He said … and we were talking for the next 15 minutes about the movie, and about how much wrong the critics got the soudtrack, that nobody understood this movie anywhere.
I loved that movie, and to hear in person “Navarre” and his own opinion about the movie itself, was an amazing experience for me.
After few minutes more the Fans arrived and after the first quite the bravest came around. Rutger was really nice with them so some were sitting with us.
“(..) oh and how was to shoot with Harrison Ford, and what about ROY!?” – Asked a girl that was sitting close to me.
this was the moment I thought “time to die“, and I start shooting.