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  • I Want More Life …

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on October 23rd, 2004 (All posts by )

    You have to love the Internet. Ken’s recent posts (here and here) mention radical life extension as something almost within reach. Maybe. But it reminded me of that epic scene in Blade Runner, where Roy Batty confronts Tyrell. Mere seconds later, a Google search of the words “Blade Runner” and “script”, and voila, there it is!

    TYRELL: What’s the problem?
    BATTY: Death.

    THE REST OF THE SCENE

    TYRELL
    I’m surprised you didn’t come to
    me sooner.

    BATTY
    It’s not an easy thing to meet
    your maker.

    TYRELL
    And what can he do for you?

    BATTY
    Can the maker repair what he makes?

    TYRELL
    Would you like to be modified?

    BATTY
    Had in mind something a little more
    radical.

    TYRELL
    What’s the problem?

    BATTY
    Death.

    TYRELL
    I’m afraid that’s a little out of
    my…

    Batty cuts in with a whisper.

    BATTY
    I want more life, fucker.

    TYRELL
    Come here.

    Batty walks forward.

    TYRELL
    Sit down.

    Batty does.

    TYRELL
    The facts of life. I’ll be blunt.
    To make an alteration in the
    evolvement of an organic life
    system, at least by men, makers
    or not, is fatal. A coding sequence
    can’t be revised once it’s
    established.

    BATTY
    Why?

    TYRELL
    Because by the second day of
    incubation any cells that have
    undergone reversion mutation give
    rise to revertant colonies — like
    rats leaving a sinking ship. The
    ship sinks.

    BATTY
    What about E.M.S. recombination?

    TYRELL
    We’ve already tried it — ethyl
    methane sulfonate is an alkylating
    agent and a potent mutagen — it
    creates a virus so lethal the
    subject was destroyed before we
    left the table.

    Batty nods grimly.

    BATTY
    Then a repressor protein that blocks
    the operating cells.

    TYRELL
    Wouldn’t obstruct replication, but
    it does give rise to an error in
    replication, so that the newly
    formed DNA strand carries a
    mutation and you’re got a virus
    again… but all this is academic
    — you are made as good as we could
    make you.

    BATTY
    But not to last.

    TYRELL
    Put it this way. Rolls Royces are
    made to last — as least they were.
    But I’m afraid you’re a Ferrari.
    A high strung racing car — built
    to win, not to last.

    Batty smiles bitterly.

    Update: this is a pretty cool BR site.

     

    3 Responses to “I Want More Life …”

    1. Andy B. Says:

      I’ve always liked the version that ended up on film. Small differences, but I love these lines:Batty: But not to last.

      Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You’re the prodigal son. You’re quite a prize!

      Batty: I’ve done questionable things.

      Tyrell: Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time.
      Joe Turkel did a fantastic job portraying Eldon Tyrell. I don’t know a single thing he did elsewhere. The script went through so many revisions, it’s anyone’s guess as to the “best” version. In case you do not have the LaserDisc or DVD handy, here is a nice link to a pdf of the scene, complete with screenshots.

    2. Lex Says:

      Thanks, Andy. Agreed Tyrell was excellent. The whole cast was good, even Daryl Hannah, whom I detest. She was up to this role. So many great scenes, such great dialogue.
      Off the seat of my pants:
      “Those aren’t your memories. They’re Tyrell’s niece’s.”
      “Wake up. Time to die.”
      “Your eyes, I built your eyes”
      “I’ll tell you about my mother!”
      “how does it feel to live in fear? that’s what it means to be a slave!”
      Some of those must be a little off. I need to watch it again. It’s been years and years.

    3. Anonymous Says:

      Turkel was awesome as the bartender in the Shining