Edward James Olmos' portrayal of the mysterious cop with a limp in the 1982 sci-fi thriller "Blade Runner" has perplexed viewers for decades. Perpetually smug and unusually dapper given his dystopic surroundings, Oleos' Gaff makes only four appearances, but nonetheless delivers the film's final lines: "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"
Aside from his extensive knowledge of origami and Cityspeak, little else is known about the character who lingers on the sideline while Deckard hunts down a crew of rogue robots. But now, after 35 years, fans of the original film might finally learn a bit more about the enigmatic Gaff when the role is reprised by Olmos in "Blade Runner 2049," set to release later this year.
According to an interview with TheTRENDTalk show, Omos had to stay tight-lipped about his involvement with the film, but now that the cat is out of the bag, he's ready to talk.
"I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it 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.'"
One of the show's hosts, Bel Hernandez, had previously confronted Oleos about his involvement with the film, as had many members of the media, but the actor couldn't divulge anything until a point in time stipulated in the non-disclosure agreement. Now that time has passed, and Olmos has revealed just how much of a role Gaff will have in the sequel film.
"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. 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 scene."
"Blade Runner 2049" sees Ryan Gosling's LAPD Officer K, a new blade runner, discovering something that could change the course of history. In his quest for answers, he finds Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the blade runner from the original film who disappeared thirty years ago.
Debuting in theaters on October 6, "Blade Runner 2049" is a production of Alcon Entertainment directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Edward James Olmos, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.