One high profile fall movie not hitting the big festivals in August and September is Denis Villeneuve‘s “Blade Runner 2049.” Warner Bros. is eager to keep the film’s secrets under wraps a while longer, so what’s left to talk about? How about wallpaper.
EW caught up with Ryan Gosling who leads the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi classic, and while there are no plot details being shared, the actor does reveal what we expected — the movie is going to look great. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has been nominated for 13 Oscars but never taken one home, is behind the camera, and Gosling couldn’t be more thrilled. In fact, he’s happy just to be wallpaper for the lenser.
“One of my favorite shots when I was younger was this shot in ‘Barton Fink,’ when there’s this slow push in on the wallpaper. I remember feeling so tense and thinking, why am I so tense? It’s just wallpaper. But then I realized it’s the shot that is creating that tension — it was a lightbulb moment for me,” the actor explained. “We were shooting a scene in ‘2049’ when the camera starts to push in on me. I remember when it was over I said to Bruce [Hamme], who is Roger’s dolly grip, ‘Bruce, did you work on ‘Barton Fink’?’ He said yes. I said, ‘Did you do that slow push in on the wallpaper?’ He said, yeah. I said, ‘Am I the wallpaper right now?’ He said, yes. I told him I’ve never been so honored. [Laughs] We were talking about titles for the film for a while and I really advocating for ‘Slow Bruce Rising.’ ”
Sounds like Villeneuve is keeping things moody and atmospheric for the followup, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out.
“Blade Runner 2049” opens on October 6th.