Denis Villeneuve Had To Kick Ridley Scott Off The 'Blade Runner 2049' Set

"It was unbearable"

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While all that wonderful money must be nice, the pressures of being a film director in charge of a hugely expensive sequel to a cult classic must be enormous. You've got to manage multiple egos, studio execs, time constraints, growing outside expectations and, in the case of Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott rocking up to see how you're getting on with his film.

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Discussing the very real pressure of having one of your heroes watch over your shoulder while you try and work, Villeneuve told Deadline how he managed to kick Ridley off the set without hurting any feelings.

"The thing is, he was there a lot and not a lot, for the best," the Canadian director said. "He was there a lot because I was dealing with his screenplay, I was dealing with his ideas, I was dealing with his universe, with his characters – so I was thinking about Ridley all the time. I had a responsibility to respect, to honour the legacy of the original movie.

"Now, he told me right at the start he would give me all the space, all the freedom, he would step away and that would be my responsibility, and if I needed him, he would be at the other end of the line. Otherwise, I would be alone. That was the best gift to receive, because I would have never been able to work with Ridley behind me."

Which brings us to that fateful day.

"He came on set one day and after a few minutes standing behind me it was unbearable. I made a joke, I said to him, 'Hey Ridley, who is your favourite director?' And he said, 'I love Ingmar Bergman and Kubrick.' I said, 'I love Bergman too. So Ridley, how would you feel if you were on set directing and you had Bergman just behind you?' And he burst out laughing and he walked off the set. Because I was trying to direct Harrison Ford and I was like, 'Nope, it doesn't work.'"

To be fair, that's a pretty slick way of managing an ego while getting your point across. And it seems like Ridley handled it well, too.

Now how can you translate that to a micro managing office boss? We're not sure comparing a marketing manager to Ingmar Bergman will have quite the same effect somehow.