Rutger Hauer as the Hobo
Rutger Hauer is a world-class iconic actor who has worked with numerous renowned filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Phil Noyce, Lina Wertmüller, Ermanno Olmi, Robert Rodriguez, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and appeared in George Clooney’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”
2010 sees him involved in a number of independent international productions, including “Portable Life,” “Black Butterflies,” “Hobo With a Shotgun,” “The Rite” (also starring Sir Anthony Hopkins), as well as a comeback on set with a director he is very fond of: Ermanno Olmi with his latest production “Il Villaggio di Cartone” (“The Cardboard Village”).
In the last decade, he was involved in major Hollywood productions, such as Warner Bros. “Batman Begins” (directed by Christopher Nolan, with Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson), the TV mini-series “The Poseidon Adventure,” and “Sin City,” the all-star cast film directed by Robert Rodriguez together with Frank Miller, who wrote and illustrated the graphic novel series on which this movie is based.
In 2006, he set up the “Rutger Hauer Filmfactory” in the Netherlands, with the purpose of pulling together new talent in the filmmaking world with renowned international filmmakers who share their knowledge and experience during workshops. Hauer is in the “director’s seat” as he takes the participants on a tour through their creative domain.
In 2007, he wrote a book entitled “All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners.” This unprecedented and long-awaited autobiography was published by Harper Entertainment, with all proceeds going to charity initiatives.
In September 2008, Hauer was honoured in the Netherlands with the prestigious “Golden Calf” Culture Award. This is granted by the Board of the Netherlands Film Festival Foundation to a person or organization that brought important contributions to the film culture, and it refers to his Rutger Hauer Filmfactory organization, as well as to his Milan (Italy)-based “I’ve Seen Films – International Film Festival.”
“I’ve Seen Films” represents a merger of the best classic film festival traditions with the most advanced high-definition digital, satellite, and internet technologies, aiming at promoting and uniting filmmakers worldwide, by affording their works new and long-term exposure with fresh platforms of visibility. Hauer, by involving many notable artistic talents and filmmaking experts, is clearly marking a turning point in today’s world of film and festivals.