I’ve been a replicant denier for quite some time. You see, every time someone would try to explain the eye reflections, the origami, or the unicorn dream (all of which hint at the fact that Deckard is a replicant) I’d simply point them to an interview with Hampton Fancher. As most of you know, Hampton wrote the script for Blade Runner.
Is Deckard a replicant?
No. It wasn’t like I had a tricky idea about Deckard that way. Until the last draft. It kept ending in different ways. We were already in pre-production when I wrote the last draft. In the last draft, which wasn’t in the movie, I finally came to the last and best conclusion about the ending of the movie which was that Rachel is going to die. And they’re in love, and he’s become kind of human through this. He was less human than the people he was after, because they were machines. He was more of a machine. And he becomes less of a machine through the ordeal of falling in love with her. (read the full interview here)
So now we’ve got the writer saying one thing, and the director and main actor saying another. And even though Hampton says no, I’m slowly coming to terms with Deckard being a replicant. After all, Mr. Fancher was coked out when he wrote the rooftop scene, which may have done something to his memory. I’m not saying the rooftop scene is bad. In fact, if I wrote scripts for a living I’d develop a coke habit just to see if Hampton’s magic dust could help me deliver a blockbuster too.