Celebrate this Blade Runner birthday with the Voight-Kampff scene

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Apr 10, 2017

Leon Kowalski was only a minor character in the 1982 movie Blade Runner. But we learned quite a bit about him. We learned he didn’t know what a tortoise is. We learned he did not like talking about his mother. We also learned that he wasn’t as human as he appeared.

Most importantly, we learned that his birthday is April 10, 2017. Happy birthday, Leon. Or in your case, happy inception day.

The scene where we get to know Leon concerns a special lie-detection test, the Voight-Kampff test, and it’s a famous bit of science fiction history. It involves a suited, cigarette-smoking official asking the dim-witted Leon questions designed to provoke an emotional response. As anyone with empathy can attest, the question viewers cringe in horror. Leon seems more annoyed with the test than by the question itself.

It’s not just a memorable scene for its emotionless reaction. It was also director Ridley Scott’s supposition about the technology that would exist in the far-flung future of 2017. Sadly, not all of his predictions landed. Lie-detector tests aren’t quite accurate, and dude, where's my hovercraft?

But at least we have neon umbrellas.

(Via Gizmodo)