Almost everyone has come across science fiction in some form. It’s everywhere in our culture, from old books to new movies, making it hard to miss. And it has millions of fans all around the world, including the English singer Rick Astley.
In a 2018 interview with Cryptic Rock, Astley opened up about his cinematic tastes and reflections on the world of filmmaking. When asked about his favorite movies from the horror or science fiction genre, the ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ singer replied:
“I’m not really into horror, to be honest. Science fiction I do quite like it, but it depends what it is nowadays. I love the original ‘Blade Runner’ (1982). I loved ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017), too; I thought that was amazing. I am quite a fan of Ridley Scott; I think he creates a world when he makes a movie; whether it’s ‘Gladiator’ (2000) or ‘Prometheus’ (2012), he creates a world.”
He added, recalling the film his wife made:
“My wife produced a movie called ‘Coherence’ (2013), a very low-budget film shot in L.A. It’s a very interesting concept. It just goes to show you don’t actually even need a lot of money to tell a story and grab someone for 90 minutes.”
Rick reflected more on his thoughts about the science fiction genre, saying:
“I just think science fiction sometimes either goes the full Ridley Scott budget, but I think it’s a genre you can do things and do things without massive budgets. I very often think it’s about a really good idea. That’s the kind of science fiction I like.”
During a chat with The Times in 2009, Astley said he got into reading many scripts and being passionate about movies thanks to his wife. He even had an idea to write a film himself, which turned into a musical project. He collaborated with someone from California, wrote a script, and was looking for an agent. However, there has been no update on that since.