Whatever Happened to Gaff and Batty?

Twenty-five years ago, Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' roared into our lives and never left.

In honor of the 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. has released 'The Final Cut,' presumably the final final word on what the director intended.

We're celebrating our own way: We tracked down the film's stars to see what they've been up to since they made sci-fi history.






Blade Runner': Where Are They Now?

    Twenty-five years ago, Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' roared into our lives and never left.

    In honor of the 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. has released 'The Final Cut,' presumably the final final word on what the director intended. We're celebrating our own way: We tracked down the film's stars to see what they've been up to since they made sci-fi history.

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    Harrison Ford

    Then: Ford plays Rick Deckard, the titular "blade runner," a retired L.A. cop circa 2019 who is forced back into active duty when four rogue "replicants" (human clones) escape from a space colony and terrorize Earth. His job: terminate them.

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    Harrison Ford

    Now: After a recent trio of box-office and critical duds, Ford is once again back in the saddle ... literally. At age 64, he's reprising his role as everyone's favorite horse-riding, Nazi-beating archaeologist in 'Indiana Jones 4.' Apparently, he isn't "getting too old for this s**t."

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    Edward James Olmos

    Then: Deckard's partner Gaff indulges in quite a few oddball character quirks, among them colorful attire, a passion for origami and a language known as "Cityspeak," which Olmos himself made up largely out of Hungarian -- including a phrase translated as "Horse dick! No way, you are the Blade Runner."

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    Edward James Olmos

    Now: He hasn't had a big film role since 1988's 'Stand and Deliver' (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), but Olmos isn't complaining. The former 'Miami Vice' and 'American Family' star can now be found in deep space as Commander Adama on 'Battlestar Galactica.'

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    Sean Young

    Then: Although author Philip K. Dick envisioned Victoria Principal (TV's 'Dallas') as Rachael, the role ultimately went to Young. Rachael is a good-hearted replicant who thinks she's human and falls in love with Deckard, who just so happens to be the No.1 decimator of replicants ever. Oh, the irony!

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    Sean Young

    Now: Since packing "heat" as a male football player turned female cop in 1994's 'Ace Ventura,' she's remained mostly under the radar, popping up in the occasional TV movie or as a guest on 'CSI,' 'ER' and 'One Tree Hill.' Next up is the feature film 'The Man Who Came Back.' She doesn't play "the man."

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    Rutger Hauer

    Then: As replicant leader Roy Batty, Hauer instantly became one of sci-fi's most complex and memorable antagonists. Sure, he may kill occasionally, but Batty just wants to live longer than his pre-programmed four-year lifespan. Is that so wrong? He's like a creepier, blond version of Frankenstein.

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    Rutger Hauer

    Now: Though he drew raves as Batty, the Dutch actor only scored a couple more successes ('Ladyhawke,' 'The Hitcher') in the '80s and '90s before settling for mostly second-rate action flicks. He's been busier lately, with small but effective roles in 'Batman Begins' and 'Sin City,' and next appears in 'Tonight at Noon.'

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    Joanna Cassidy

    Then: Cassidy's first major film role came in 'Blade Runner' as the scantily clad "skin job" (that sexy synonym for replicant) Zhora, with whom Harrison Ford's Deckard shares an exhilarating chase scene. Her assassin is known to "take the pleasures of the snake," a hobby better off left to the imagination.

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