While Blade Runner is widely considered one of the cornerstones of modern sci-fi cinema, there's always been a question of which version is the "correct" one to watch. Generally speaking, there are three distinct cuts of the movie: the theatrical release featuring heavy studio oversight, a 1991 "Director's Cut," and Ridley Scott's 2007 "Final Cut," which allowed the filmmaker complete editorial control over the final product. Everyone has thoughts on which is the best, including the Deckard himself, Harrison Ford.
In a recent press event for the upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049, Ford explained that he prefers the 2007 "Final Cut," revealing that he was "much happier" with the removal of his original voiceover, an addition demanded by the studio before theatrical release.
"I think about it frequently because I got reminded of how many filmmakers took inspiration from that film and how much it defined a certain kind of visual storytelling. How strongly the effect has been on our culture," he said, adding that Blade Runner has had "a huge influence on our culture and my life."
Ford, it's worth noting, has never really held back on his opinion of working on the film with Ridley Scott. He's spoken multiple times about his negative experience during the project, particularly the numerous post-production studio changes that included his noticeably bored voiceover narration. It makes some sense, then, that if he had to choose, he'd go with the edition that's most true to the movie's original vision.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the film arrives in theaters on Oct. 6.