A filmmaker needs to have balls to approach Rutger Hauer with a role. Just ask the man himself. “The funny thing is most people don't approach me because they are scared and that's fine,” the
actor growls, “I want to keep it that way.”
was different, though, and Hauer credits that difference almost entirely to his director.
“I read through [
] and I thought what the fuck is this?” he laughs. “And I think I went to the fake trailer, and then I heard from Robert Rodriguez, and after that I said to myself I guess I have to stay awake for this.
“But when I talked to Jason I was ready to say great you're a fan but this is not for me, but when we started talking I realised I was going to make the movie.”
The truth was that Eisener
a fan, and getting Hauer into his movie would be a massive coup – not just as a filmmaker, but also as a film lover.
“When me and John were growing up and buying those movies from pawn shops,” the director says, “whenever we would see Rutger Hauer on one of the VHS boxes we would immediately pick it up.
“He was the first actor who we loved enough to track down everything he ever made. I never would have thought in my wildest dreams that we would ever get Rutger Hauer. But I kind of put it out there as the ultimate dream.
"I thought it would never happen, but it would give people an idea as to who we were kind of going for. The kind of actor wand the type of performance we were looking for.” It wasn't long before Hauer said yes...