Pris was a "basic pleasure model" Nexus-6 replicant who was part of an escaped group of replicants led by her lover, Roy Batty. The group's goal was to demand longer lifespans from their manufacturer, the Tyrell Corporation.
Biography[edit | edit source]
After Roy and Leon learned from Hannibal Chew that they could get to Eldon Tyrell through J.F. Sebastian, Pris used her wiles to "make friends" with Sebastian, a man who until then, literally made his friends.
Just before Blade Runner Rick Deckard arrived, Pris disguised herself as one of the myriad large toy dolls that J.F. had populated his home with. She attacked Deckard very viciously, using a fighting style combining both martial arts and acrobatics. Though she initially disarmed him, Deckard recovered his sidearm and fired two or three gunshots. The first shot stopped a subsequent attack, whereupon she twitched spasmodically on the floor until she was finally retired.
Roy Batty arrived a few moments later and finding Pris, he kissed her on the lips, showing great sadness at the loss of his friend. He then began his taunting final battle with Deckard.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Five actresses, including Monique van de Ven, Stacey Nelkin, and Daryl Hannah screentested for the role and each was given the opportunity to create their own version of Pris' makeup and wardrobe. Hannah's makeup was partially inspired by Klaus Kinski's appearance in Nosferatu the Vampyre. Hannah was cast in the role and Nelkin was cast instead in the role of Mary, which was ultimately cut before shooting commenced.
The character's gymnast abilities were only implied in the script and were largely added to the film at Hannah's suggestion due to her experience in gymnastics. Despite this, stunt performers – one female and a male, Mike Washlake – were hired to perform the fight scene gymnastics.
References[edit | edit source]
- Blade Runner – all versions
- Blade Runner – workprint version
- Blade Runner – U.S. theatrical version
- Blade Runner – Director's Cut
- Blade Runner – international theatrical version
- Blade Runner – The Final Cut
- Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner – Revised & Updated Edition
- Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner