Sunday, July 15, 2007

Adopt-An-Actor

The awesome Splotchy has been running something on his blog for awhile now called Adopt-An-Actor, where the bloggers of the world are encouraged to adopt and occasionally promote a character actor of their choice. I have been thinking on this for awhile now but wasn't sure who to adopt until now...

Rutger Oelsen Hauer was born January 23, 1944 in Breukelen, Netherlands to drama teachers Arend and Teunke. Hauer grew up in Amsterdam with his three sisters raised mostly by nannies...his parents were very busy with their careers.

At the age of 15 Hauer ran off to sea and spent a year scrubbing decks aboard a freighter. Returning home, he worked as an electrician and a carpenter for three years while attending drama classes at night school. He went on to join an experimental acting troupe, which he stayed with for five years before getting the lead role in the very successful 1969 television series Floris, a Dutch Ivanhoe-like medieval action show, which made his name in the Netherlands.

Since begining his acting career the man has appeared in over 100 movies! Starting with the excellent Paul Verhoeven directed Turkish Delight (still the highest grossing film of all time in Holland) to his most recent Tonight at Noon due out later this year.

Anyone who wants to see the film highlights of his career should check out:

Turkish Delight (1973)- A cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family. Told in flashback form, initially Hauer is seen as a libertine lothario collector, taking trophies from his sexual conquests and pasting them in a book. He sees a sculpture he made of his lost lover and goes into a flashback of his relationship with his wife. He meets the girl, falls in love with/marries her, and we meet her parents: a charming, well meaning, bumbling father, and his shrew of a wife, who's convinced Hauer's too much of a bohemian to make a good mate for her daughter.

Soldier of Orange (1977)- This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch men. It covers the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation. It has resistance fighters, Nazi collaborators, torture by the Gestapo and boobs! The film manages to be both entertainment and a very serious and patriotic portrayal of the role of Holland in WWII.

Blade Runner (1982)- In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when five replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. This may be Hauer's finest acting!

Ladyhawke (1985)- Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after. Navarre and Isabeau have a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day. Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop.

Flesh + Blood (1985)- A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.

Blind Fury (1989)- A Vietnam vet blinded in the war uses his samurai fighting skills and a concealed sword stick to help protect the son of a dead comrade from a crime organisation. Awesome beyond all belief.

Fatherland (1994)- Fictional account of what might have happend if Hitler had won the war. It is now the 1960s and Germany's war crimes have so far been kept a secret. Hitler wants to talk peace with the US president. An American journalist and a German homicide cop stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide.

And so I now adopt you Rutger Hauer for your awesome acting ability and sexy dutch charm!

4 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Yay! Another actor adopted!

Bubs said...

Excellent choice! I also liked his turn as the vampire in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the psycho in the Hitcher.

Splotchy said...

Congratulations!

Great choice! I looked at his filmography, 'cause I know I have seen tons of movies with him in them.

Some that stood out when I was browsing through were
Nighthawks (he was bad guy against supercops Sly Stallone and Billy Dee!) and Sam Peckinpah's last movie The Osterman Weekend.

I really need to see some of those early Dutch Paul Verhoeven movies -- I think I caught a bit of Flesh+Blood on cable, if that was the one where people were flinging animal body parts infected with bubonic plague over a castle wall.

Becca said...

Dr. Monkey-
Yeah! Now I have to paper train it though...

Bubs-
Buffy is an awesome movie but I could never get into that show. And Hauer is AWESOME in The Hitcher so scary...even if I don't like the movie...he's just so great in it!

Splotchy-
Boy Nighthawks was dull! and actually so was The Osterman Weekend. I like Peckinpah but that was a boring movie.

I highly reccomend the Dutch Verhoeven movies, really great!