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A Real Boy, Now… WIP


When I was 23, 35 years ago, I went to see one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, I’d waited years for it to come out, having read about it’s making, and seen lots of mouth-watering development sketches in Heavy Metal… that film was Blade Runner. I have lost count of how many times I’ve seen it since. Two nights ago, I finally got my pre-ordered copy, from iTunes, of Blade Runner 2049, the fabulous, undreamed-of sequel. I have watched it twice, since then. It is probably the best sequel I’ve ever seen, considering the 35 year gap… it’s gorgeous. But I found it very, very sad… almost too sad. The saddest part, for me, was the demise of sweet, innocent Joi, the holographic AI girlfriend of ‘K’, the replicant blade runner… I was gutted by her total and irrevocable death at the hands of the psychopathic replicant Luv. I was moved to do a portrait of her (Ana de Armas). This is the scene where ‘K’ has become convinced he is the first replicant to be born from a replicant mother, and Joi is telling him he is a ‘real boy, now…’


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