Ever since Blade Runner premiered in 1982, fans were left perplexed by Edward James Olmos’ portrayal of a mysterious cop with a limp. The perpetually smug Oleo’s Gaff made only four appearances throughout the sci-fi thriller, before delivering the film’s final lines: “It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?”
Very little was ever known about this character, aside from his extensive knowledge of origami and Cityspeak. But now, after 35 years, fans might finally learn a bit more about the enigmatic Gaff when the role is reprised by Olmos in Blade Runner 2049.
During an interview with TheTRENDTalk show (around the 17-minute mark), Olmos revealed he previously had to stay tight-lipped about his involvement, but now, he’s ready to talk.
“I signed a seven-page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049,” shared Olmos.
Olmos went on to share just how much of a role Gaff will have in the sequel film, stating, “Well it’s not about Gaff, but it’s about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then. My role is like it was in the original – that time I only had four scenes, in this I only have one. But again, it’s a poignant little scene.”
The sequel follows Ryan Gosling’s LAPD Officer K, a new blade runner, as he discovers something that could change the course of history. Throughout his quest for answers, he finds Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the original blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago.
Blade Runner 2049 is a production of Alcon Entertainment directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Gosling, Ford, Olmos, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
The highly anticipated film is scheduled to hit theaters on October 6, 2017.