Blade Runner: The Candid Cut
Recently spotted on Buzzfeed, courtesy of user Mathieu S. – a bunch of polaroids snapped by actress Sean Young on the set of the 1982 hit, Blade Runner.
The ones of her and co-stars Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer are especially winsome I think.
This was Young at the peak of her Hollywood hawtness. Boy, was she gorgeous … svelte, radiant, an absolutely commanding presence in front of the camera. By the ’90s though, her career as an A-lister was all but over, dogged by widespread rumours of erratic, attention-seeking behaviour and, of course, the notorious James Woods affair. (An EW interview with Young from a couple of years back recaps a lot of that ignominious history.)
More recently, the actress was back in the headlines for yet another embarrassing public outburst: during the DGA (Directors’ Guild of America) Awards in 2008, an apparently intoxicated Young heckled director Julian Schnabel, who was up on stage to acknowledge his nomination for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, yelling at the man to “Get to it !” Schnabel didn’t take it too well: after telling whoever it was to “have another cocktail”, he left the podium without giving his intended speech, or making the remarks that he clearly wanted to. (Watch a clip of his reaction.)
The end result of all this was voluntary admission to a rehab program on her part.
But its nice to remember Young in her heyday … which these snaps are a wonderful, candid testament to.