Our Favorite Faces Of Rutger Hauer

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Our Favorite Faces Of Rutger Hauer
This weekend, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets travelled across America, where it faced tough competition in a VERY crowded blockbuster season. Our J. Hurtado had a hard time warming up to the film's leads, but lauded its spectacle and eclectic cast of supporting characters.

And among those supporting characters we spot Rutger Hauer! The Dutch multi-talented septuagenarian can still often be spotted in both arthouse films and international blockbusters, and he was obviously having fun here. The still above is from a recent talk he had about Valerian with Romanian television (and you can watch that interview here, it's English-friendly).

He is our actor of the week, so our question is: what is your favorite performance by him? Or maybe that one is so damn obvious (hi Roy) that I should say: please add your second-most favorite performance by him... Anyway, chime in, in the comments below!

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wabaliciousJuly 24, 2017 10:55 AM

As John Ryder in The Hitcher. I saw it when i was about 10 or 11 on video, it had just come out. At the time i found it scary and tense and expected that watching it again as an adult it'd be different. When it came out on dvd i picked it up and was so pleased to find it still held the same power, and if anything it's even better than i remembered. I think i understood more of it too, like the creepy homoerotic tension as Ryder touches the kid in the car and holds the knife to his eyeball. Brilliant film. Rutger has had so many fantastic parts though. Even in a piece of (deliberate) trash like Hobo With A Shotgun he gave a fantastic, and even moving, performance.

dustin changJuly 24, 2017 11:47 AM

Him going mano-amano with Stallon in Night Hawk would be my second choice. Also he was terrific in El Futuro, a recent Argentine Roberto Bolano adaptation.

YojimboJuly 24, 2017 1:09 PM

Shout Out to the beginning of the 90's.
And Zatoichi of course.
Blind Fury.

ManateeAdvocateJuly 24, 2017 2:44 PM


ManateeAdvocateJuly 24, 2017 2:45 PM

John Ryder in The Hitcher naturally. No contest. It's still a great film with a terrifying performance by Hauer. .

ManateeAdvocateJuly 24, 2017 2:45 PM

What's a Zatoichi?

Unflinching_EyeJuly 24, 2017 3:44 PM

Yeah, I'll go with The Hitcher as my second fave too.

Relevant question: I've never seen any of Verhoeven's movies pre-Flesh + Blood, but I've been meaning to take the plunge for a while. Where to start? Which are the best ones? Spetters? Soldier of Orange? Turkish Delight? Another one?

YojimboJuly 24, 2017 5:35 PM

I don't think its something you would like sir.

ManateeAdvocateJuly 24, 2017 5:53 PM

Likewise regarding Verhoeven curiosities. I hope someone chimes in.

wabaliciousJuly 24, 2017 8:04 PM

Yeah, i love Blind Fury too, it's fantastic.

wabaliciousJuly 24, 2017 8:05 PM

He's particularly evil in Nighthawks, he doesn't mind murdering a few civilians, haha.

YojimboJuly 24, 2017 9:34 PM

All of them. : )

John WJuly 24, 2017 9:35 PM

1. Blade Runner, natch.
2. Ladyhawke, how did Rutger Hauer not get cast in Game of Thrones?
3. The Hitcher
4. Flesh & Blood
5. Osterman Weekend
6. Salem's Lot (2004)

marshy00July 25, 2017 5:36 AM

SOLDIER OF ORANGE is the movie that got him on Hollywood's radar. It's really a straight up WWII movie about a group of college friends going off to war, but hits all the right notes and nicely balances the epic with the intimate. TURKISH DELIGHT, however, is more in line with the director's sleazier predilections. The bizarre THE FOURTH MAN is also worth a look if you can get your hands on it.

Unflinching_EyeJuly 25, 2017 5:50 AM

Much appreciated!

B.July 26, 2017 8:33 AM

Split Second is an underrated 90s gem. Detective Harley Stone belongs up there with Ash and Jack Burton.