2000 - 2006
With an already impressive number of works in his filmography (over 100!), many more films have been released: 'Partners in Crime', which is a cop-story with a human heart; 'Wilder', a thriller with a humorous slant, starring Pam Grier as a cop investigating a murder that leads to an evil conspiracy by a pharmaceutical company where Rutger plays a doctor who appears to be under suspicion but soon helps her to solve the crime; 'Lying in Wait', where the lives of three friends are spun into a web of lust, deceit and murder; 'Turbulence 3', based on a group of terrorists who hijack an airplane that is broadcasting a rock concert live on the Internet and finally 'Jungle Juice' a comedy shot in the Turks and Caicos Islands (British West Indies), in the Caribbean Sea.
During his stay in the Turks and Caicos, Rutger got deeply involved with a tragic condition these islands are experiencing: the AIDS problem. He set up an organization (called "Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation") aiming at gathering funds to be poured into research, prevention and education endeavours.
Turks & Caicos are known world-wide as a nature paradise, but this image conceals a harsh reality.
In June 2000 Rutger starred in & co-directed a short film called 'The Room', which premiered at the "Nederlands Film Festival" in Utrecht, gathering a lot of approval amongst audiences as well as critics. In April 2001 this film won the Carte Noire Award at the 16th Festival du Film de Paris, as Best Short Film in competition. This won't remain his only directing experience.
In addition, amongst his many future projects, there is a series of acting workshops where he will have the opportunity to pass on his huge experience and unmatched acting style to other people in the film industry.
In 2001, keeping his usual hectic pace, he shot other seven films; amongst them, also 'Bankers of God', dealing with the thorny subject of international dirty manoeuvres involving the Vatican, secret services, masonries and political/Mafia businesses; 'In the Shadow of the Cobra' (shot in India), where he joined again one of his 'Blade Runner' colleagues (Sean Young) and 'Flying Virus', shot in Brazil.
2002 started with an important project - the filming of 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' (an adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA man),with George Clooney (who also directed it), Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and, in cameo roles, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Rutger portrays the challenging character of Siegfried Keller, a "wacko bum asshole" hit man who mentors Chuck Barris.
2002, still in leeward of the 9/11 aftershock, has mostly been dedicated to the promotional efforts for his 'Starfish' organization', through very successful fundraising conventions and screenings held in the USA, in UK and in Sweden, and 2003 began with an interesting guest starring role for the famous ABC TV series 'Alias', in the 'Phase One' episode, aired just after the Super Bowl event.
Rutger further guest-starred in two 'Smallville' episodes and in the successful remake of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot', shot in Melbourne (Australia).
In 2003, he found a long desired role in an all-encompassing German and Rumanian co-produced feature entitled 'Never Enough'.
This film is not only a thriller, but also a moving and introspective love story.
The start of 2004 returned him to a mammoth US and worldwide-theatrically-released production, 'Batman Begins'.
He also undertook a close-to-his-heart, innovative project connected with his non-profit organization. The development and filming of this project required an enormously distinctive and unparalleled perspective that is unquestionably 'Rutger'. It involves multiple camera-angle shots of a series of ballet fragments and underwater dances which flow gracefully into a complete AIDS-awareness short movie entitled 'St*rfish Tango'. Rutger directed and also acted in this artistic project that saw the involvement of many artists including the choreographer Marco Marchetti and his Tan Dance Ballet Company's dancers (the talented Francesca Matrundola and Francesco Borelli); Angela Bandini, the fantastic woman who holds a deep-diving world record; Maestro Ludovico Einaudi with his stunning melodies; a very gifted girl, Sara Farinelli and nine marvellous dolphins, as well as many more. This movie has been released at the end of 2006. While in 2005 the 'St*rfish Tango' anthology has been published. It contains poetry, stories, letters, etc., written by fans. Rutger's own photos and writings will add his distinctive flavour to it as well.
At the Montecatini Film Festival (Italy) he was awarded the 'Golden Heron' Career accolade and at the end of 2004 he went to South Africa to portray the 'Bishop Schmitt' character in the huge Hallmark production, 'Poseidon Adventure'. A trip back to the States took him into a part in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "fully-digital" live action movie 'Sin City', based on Miller's famous graphic novels.
At the beginning of 2005 two tributes honoured him and his almost 40-year long film career. Rutger was presented with two Career Achievement Awards, one at the Malaga Film Festival in Spain, and the other in the States, at the Sarasota Film Festival.
2005 and 2006 have been extremely busy years for his career as he took part in numerous films, amongst which we can mention 'Moving McAllister' (directed by Andrew Black), 'Mentor' (directed by David Langlitz) and 'Tonight at Noon' (directed by Michael Almereyda), 'The Magic Flute' (directed by Kevin Sullivan).
In 2006 he set up the 'Rutger Hauer Film Factory' (based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands), in cooperation with the Communications and Media School 'Inholland'. This organization's purpose is to gather together young talents in the filmmaking world with renowned international filmmakers who share their knowledge and experience during workshops organized on a yearly basis. Rutger is in the 'driver's seat' as he takes the participants on a tour of his creative domain.
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