It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be part of the earliest days of science fiction cinema. Sean Young, who came from Stripes, talks about the totally new dimension it added to the world of film. In these embryonic days of sci-fi, it’s fascinating to hear Young talk about the technical aspects of making a film in this blossoming genre — and the slightly mind-boggling experience of filming something set in 2020, which she knew would be in her lifetime. But listening to Young discuss her optimism about the future — which is basically our present — is surreal. While she thinks that genetic modification could easily have been normal by this time, she also seemed positive about the fate of humanity and, crucially, sure that it would not descend into the chaos portrayed in Blade Runner.
Grappling with themes of having limited time, of sexuality, of feminism, of what it means to be human, and, perhaps most interestingly for us, what life will be like in 2020, this interview is quite a trip. You can see the whole thing here:
Sean Young’s self-assurance, her devotion to her craft, and her insight make her an enthralling interviewee. It’s hard to imagine the early days of science fiction films and how they changed the life of directors and actors. Blade Runner has become an iconic part of the cannon and Sean Young was a huge part of that. In 2018, what was her “future” is very much our reality.