Thrillist: When did you first see Blade Runner?
Michael Green: I came to it a bit late. I'm 44 years-old so I was nine when it was first in theaters, and I was the kid who wanted see E.T. the Extra Terrestrial five times. Dragged my mom twice, my dad once, cousins visiting from other countries -- anyone who had a car I made them take me, and I had no awareness of a movie called Blade Runner at that time.
I didn't see it until I was 19, when I had a crappy apartment in Westwood, California, working crappy jobs and spending my nights and weekends trying to write. I rescued a television from a nearby dumpster and lugged it home. It was more a table than a TV because it only got one channel. I turned it on one night while eating take-out – and I only realized today that it was probably Thai noodle soup, so, eating noodles and chopsticks like in the movie. I flicked it on and there was Blade Runner, and what I believe was the Director's Cut. I was only going to watch five minutes while I ate, then cut to hours later and I watched the whole thing.
So your initial encounter did not have the voice-over, which was added to later recuts of the movie?
Green: No, I didn't see the voice-over version until I was writing this film.
People have mixed feelings about that voice-over.
Green: Well, that's part of the fun, isn't it? You get to argue about it?
But more importantly, you didn't see it with the grand scope. You saw it on your crappy television.
Green: And then laserdisc in a college library. I've never seen it on a big screen. There was one on IMAX just now, but it was the night before the Jewish holidays started so I couldn't see it. Missed my chance.
Hashem would understand.
Green: I know, I know. But I stayed home. We made a brisket.