Rich Evans Auditions for Blade Runner 2049

May 9, 201796 Comments

Not many know this, but Rich Evans came very close to getting the lead role in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner sequel. The production company was kind enough to give us the footage of Rich’s audition.


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  • Joe

    Woo! I’ve been here YEARS and never posted first before! Yay RLM!

  • Thanatos

    Nailed it, Rich.

  • Is Rich replacing a Replicant?

  • Inspiring.

  • Studio Executive

    Damn it, I knew we should’ve cast Taylor Lautner….

  • gopher00000

    Take your shirt off, Rich, and FLEX!

  • Ret Marut

    The kid has moxie!

  • andychrist

    wooooooooh …..reign it in a bit there boy , its not a remake of the mask .

  • BCFC25

    Cant believe Rich didn’t land the part but i guess there is just too much Milwaukee hatred in Hollywood these days.

  • Chowderbatter

    Gosling is definitely a graduate from the modern school of the thousand yard stare.

    So, so, so many actors are just furniture. They stand on a spot, say a thing, and then look pretty. It’s awful. Where are the Pacinos and Walkens of this current generation? They’re all fawking spokesmodels, mannequins now. Gosling is such a zero. You could just as easily have used a cut-out of Harrison Ford from the original and got more range and texture.

    I miss Dustin Hoffman.

  • Chowderbatter

    And chutzpah!

  • Galactic Shawn

    Night Court auditions please

  • Galactic Shawn

    Night Court auditions please

  • RICCampion

    In Ryan Gosling’s defense, though, he’s Ryan Gosling.

  • Yeah I was gonna say – I think the problem is that now Ryan Gosling is typecast as a weird emotionless mute because of Drive. It’s kinda lame considering after watching Nice Guys it’s pretty clear he can play different roles pretty damn well. So I wouldn’t blame Gosling on this one. Ridley Scott was probably like “Do that thing you did in Drive. You know… where you stared at the lady for a long time.”

  • peterablex

    Let the haters hate, this film is going to be great 🙂

  • Movie Wan Kenovie

    Fucking reboots are the new replicants…

  • Yeah where’s our Ishtar reboot, Hoffman? More like HACKMAN

  • vorlonkosh

    Love it!

  • Bleurgh

    I know they just did it as a bit, but I think Rich should stick with this short facial hair / spikey hair combo. It’s a good look for him. Makes him look a bit less like the slob he we all know he is.

  • Bleurgh

    It shaves about ten years off. He doesn’t look day over 50.

  • Bleurgh

    Amy Adams stared into the distance a lot in Arrival, but she also got to do actual acting in other parts of the movie so it wasn’t that noticeable.

  • JAGUART

    “Ok, for this next scene you’ve just happened upon a fresh dozen of Krispy Kreme donuts in the breakroom”

  • ThreeTwoThreeFour

    Heh. I thought I was the only one who thought Gosling’s blank expression was grating.
    I don’t think he has the charisma, or presence, or whatever, to pull it off.

    I thought the “dialogue scenes” were the weakest parts of Drive. I mean, Carey Mulligan asks him a question and he just stares at her smiling like a fucking sex offender?

    Clint Eastwood can do strong and silent. So can Steve McQueen, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig … but Ryan Gosling should stick to playing pretentious assholes tap-dancing on benches.

  • ThreeTwoThreeFour

    The new Blade Runner looks like it’s going to be pretty much the most complete movie ever.

    Ryan Gosling’s character is supposed to uncover DARK SECRETS of his world. The trailer starts off with pseudo-philosophical bullshit about how “EVERY CIVILIZATION WAS BUILT…”, proceeds to talk of “ORDER”, “WALL”, and, apparently, if the illusion is broken, “YOU BOUGHT A WAR.”

    The trailer stops for fan service with Harrison Ford grunting something about how all of it is true or whatever (Ryan Gosling even says “I know,” like Han in Empire). Then there’s something about “THE KEY TO THE FUTURE,” and, just so we’re clear, we end with somebody saying they always thought Ryan Gosling was “SPECIAL”. That explains his acting.

    Oh, and it starts with a non-trademarked version of the Inception BWAAAAA, because of course it does.

  • netcrave

    I think I’ve only seen one movie with Ryan Gosling in it and that was “The Nice Guys” he was awesome in it and this is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    Of course the RLM parody of the trailer is funny as hell, but the reason is probably only that the trailer is very stupid. I don’t think they did such stupid trailers for the original film.

  • frankelee

    That assistant looked suspiciously like Jay, not Pablo. Just what the fuck are they trying to pull on us?!?!

  • Grats.

  • While Jay and Mike cited massive praise for Ryan Gosling’s performance in The Nice Guys, the joke is quite understandable if you see him in Drive and Only God Forgives – both of in which he basically played the exact same character (ie none). You could argue THAT was his character (an introverted audience vessel?) but after that point it becomes ridiculous to see him in more films where he just stares. I will agree with you though, he was fucking hilarious in The Nice Guys. His comedic timing was great.

  • Brian Levine

    Oh good. I need a laugh a minute comedy fest to watch.

  • Brian Levine

    Yep. Because…no one’s ever said that before.

  • The word “uninspired” comes to mind.

  • RLMkeepitup

    make sure you secure the rights to Rich’s digital likeness

  • Seth Zwicker

    I, myself, loved that audition.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Jay had his name legally changed to Pablo.

    You got a problem with transracial people?

  • DRP103

    Ryan Gosling is ridiculous in The Place Beyond the Pines. Marlon Brando’s been dead for ages but that didn’t stop RG from trying to rip off his style, while wearing ripped up clothes that looked even more ridiculous. Cuz you see, they both rode motorcycles……

  • Ubik

    Villeneuve is a hack director. His latest “sci-fi” outing “Arrival” was a snoosefest. What do you expect? Nice vistas, though.

  • LameSame

    Is it wrong that I actually think Rich was doing some damn fine acting in those scenes?

  • EJ

    Gosling was money though in Drive. I actually like him for Blade Runner a lot – he’s good at the sort of understated slow burn that noirish story like this requires.

  • EJ

    Shame Rich wasn’t an actor in 1982. He’d have made a great Leon Kowalski.

  • EJ

    How’s it stupid? It’s way better than the trailer for the original movie. One of the reasons audiences hated it back in the day was that they were expecting a fast-paced action flick, because the trailer made it look like that’s what it was by mashing up basically every action scene in the movie, and people were taken aback when the actual movie turned out to be a slow-paced, moody, futuristic detective story. This trailer at least has a tone that actually feels like Blade Runner.

  • frankelee

    As long as they’re not homos.

  • TheVerySpecialK

    I agree. He’s good with style, not so much with substance.

  • maikimo

    rich actually kind of reminds me of the fat replicant harrison ford chases down in the middle of the movie.

  • Daniel Bakke

    Rich looks so cute and innocent when he smiles like that. Makes me wanna give him a cookie.

  • Asda

    Everyone in the new Blade Runner looks like children playing in the parents’ shoes pretending to be the old Blade Runner.

  • Brian Levine

    Snoosefest? Is that a holiday where everybody hangs themselves after watching a boring movie?

    Actually, I thought that Arrival was interesting, except for the big supposed twist at the end, which I figured out 10 minutes in. And what I really don’t get is that if the aliens had the ability to not be stuck in linear time, why would they ever be in danger and need our help? Couldn’t they just “oh this is dangerous, let’s just leap to another time.”?

    Oops…spoilers.

  • Brian Levine

    Shame he wasn’t around in 1951. He’d have also made a great Stanley Kowalski.

  • I enjoyed the contrast of him showing more emotion when receiving directions than when executing them.

  • I mean – is that how it works though? I don’t think that they established an idea of multiple timelines it was more just the idea that time was circular – I mean it’s your typical time paradox really. It’s like – think about any time travel movie where the plot forms a closed loop as opposed to a multitude of different possibilities/extra dimensions – it’s always convoluted because you might wonder like “well if everything’s fine in the future why did they need to send someone back then” – and that’s a fair question. And one we’ll never get an answer to because it’s a movie. But I think it goes something like this – if there’s an eventuality you cannot escape – things still need to happen for it to get there. Perhaps removing the call for help would be the incitement of change and therefore would ultimately disfigure the circle into a non-circular, but also non-linear paradox. I mean I was always asking in Deep Space 9 when Sisko was having that conversation with the interdimensional aliens about how time is linear to humans – if the aliens don’t know about linear time how are they having a linear conversation about it? The concept almost defeats itself immediately – but you can kind of imagine that if the aliens aren’t experiencing it in order they have already experienced the process and the conclusion – but Sisko who is stuck in a linear perception of time still needs to have the conversation in the order that would make sense to the human brain. The problem is that you’re still thinking linear – because that’s the only way we as humans can think. The whole idea of the movie was that simply by being introduced to this concept your brain/consciousness starts to function entirely differently – in a way that we can’t properly depict when watching a movie that – no matter the editing order of the scenes – is ultimately linear. It doesn’t make any sense, but it was an interesting concept. So tl;dr – “nonlinear” doesn’t automatically mean “multi-linear”.

  • Andy James

    I wish all casting couch porn was this understatedly erotic.

  • Brian Levine

    Geez. I already explained how this works in my next post.

  • Brian Levine

    Rich kinda looks like a younger Hector Elizo…errr…Elizonid…err…Elizondo.

  • EJ

    Is there a level in RLM’s Patreon where they film Rich running down the street bellowing “STELLA! STELLAAAAA!!!”? If not there really should be. In fact I’d probably give these hacks money if they made a short film of Rich re-enacting all of Brando’s classic scenes.

  • EJ

    Blade Runner is at least 80% style. It’s not so much beloved for it’s characters or plot but for its futuristic world and it’s unique tone (at least for the time, it’s been imitated since). Simultaneously sci-fi and retro/noir.

    I’m confident about Villaneuve for this not so much because of arrival (as much as a did like that movie), but because of Sicario – I’d be hard pressed to tell you the details of that movie’s plot but damn if it doesn’t create a fantastically creepy atmosphere. And the scene where del Toro’s character… well, no spoilers, but if you’ve seen it you know what I’m talking about… it sticks with you.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Daryl Hannah?

  • Bubs

    You mean a young Luis Guzman?

  • What next post?

  • Imaf

    They should bring back Harrison Ford! Again!

  • RLMkeepitup

    the auditions are closed, Ford is a posterboy compared to the man Evans

  • Showbiz Pizza Bear

    It was actually Susan. Wrong trans.

  • Spoiled Ants

    Jeesus, Rich looks like he fell into a truck of Cheesepuffs in the middle of the night: whoever came up with the Orange&Teal filter on the last shot should get twenty five to life.

  • Thanatos

    It’s part of the gay marriage scam.

  • Thanatos

    It’s part of the gay marriage scam.

  • Bleurgh

    Guys, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I actually liked the Prometheus sequel. I think I need to have my head examined.

    It wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t hate it.

  • goodmatt10 1

    I’m sure it’s already been said, but I’m not even joking, I never go to the theater anymore, I hate it, but if Rich had gotten this part I would absolutely shell out $13 and endure sitting in a theater full of clowns.

  • goodmatt10 1

    Nope, I agree, I know it was meant as a joke, but he was good for real.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    The replicants seem like an odd direction for a “Sicario” sequel.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “Endure sitting in a theater full of clowns”? I thought you were referencing the State of the Union address.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    You shut up, you meanie! Rich Evans is a sexual Tyrannosaurus!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Those must be pretty big shoes.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    M. Emmet Walsh?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Actually Snoosefest is a festival commemorating the auto-erotic asphyxiation death of David Carradine.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    The next previous last post?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    80%? Can I see a pie graph? What are the metrics? Can this be corroborated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Where’s Scientist Man when you need him?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “You may fire when ready.” — CGI Moff Tarkin

  • Pop Culture Reference

    They’ll use the same laugh track from a random Big Bang Theory episode. It’ll be great!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Like Larry Craig, J. Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn, and Joseph McCarthy? Those dude were totally straight, right? That’s what the fellas at Breitbart keep telling me.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    He’ll look like a steampunk Zap Rowsdower.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “You want me to fuck this droid now?”

  • Pop Culture Reference

    And pep!

  • LameSame

    See, I actually think his acting is perfect in the scene snippets. It’s almost as if this project forced him to underact, and it actually honed his skills and made him a better performer for it.

  • Bubs

    HEYOOOOOO~ Badum tsh!

    But seriously, what an embarrassing time to be an American.

  • Bubs

    I was browsing Youtube videos about some random stuff -video games and movies and the like – and I saw a handful of comments from people that just said “Very cool. Veeeeery cool.” with hundreds of likes. This has nothing to do with what you said, but it’s funny to me when I see RLM’s influence like that.

  • Brian Levine

    My original post was also my next post. It’s circular.

  • Shit. It’s happening already. How do I die? No wait don’t tell me.

  • Joe Syxpac

    No more than the last 25 years.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Show of hands for everyone who thinks Deckard is going to survive this film.

  • Wolvy

    RIP Powers Boothe, the “Curse of the Worst” manifests yet again.

  • goodmatt10 1

    I stay out of politics when it comes to movies, tho I know Hollywood feels the need to shove their politics on us at all times so I guess it’s hard to, but I try, then sadly comments sections get infected with it as well.

    Can’t we have a refuge from it somewhere? I get enough that stuff everywhere else, I come here to laugh.

  • Alex Lee

    That’s fucking brilliant. Rich trying to do a Brando impression.

  • Brian Levine

    Seconded.

  • goodmatt10 1

    As opposed to when??

  • goodmatt10 1

    The best part is watching all the usual deadpan movie goers who gush over these same movies again and again be completely clueless what the RLM fans are talking about.

  • Brian Levine

    Isn’t there a word for when you see something and it’s not as good as you expected but it wasn’t terrible so you kind of like it, even though it didn’t really go in an interesting direction but it’s not like it went in a really bad direction either?

  • Summer

    2049.

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