We are surrounded by many art forms, each with its unique flavor and impact on us. Yet, film is in a league of its own for some reason. Perhaps it is because it opens our eyes to new worlds and realities, and inspires us beyond what anything could. You get to experience much by sitting through a movie, and it is a truly remarkable journey. Sci-Fi is one of cinema’s most brilliant genres for a reason; you get to live the future right now, and the imaginative minds of directors never ceases to amaze. Robot films in particular seem to be quite popular and loved, perhaps because they show us a glimpse of what tomorrow has in store for us.
Hollywood stars have portrayed some very memorable robot roles in movies, and this is a list of some of them.
You might not be familiar with the name, but once you hear the voice, you will instantly recognize it. We’ve grown and loved his portrayal of cinema’s greatest and silliest robot, C-3PO. His adventures with his lovable companion R2-D2 have captivated all of us during the magnificent Star Wars saga, and they have always entertained, no matter what. Daniels’ portrayal of the protocol droids who is “fluent in over 6 million forms of communication” has made him one of the most significant robots in Hollywood films, and certainly one we will always remember.
Just seeing that name, and you know where we are going with this. How can you mention famous robots in films and not bring up one of the scariest and deadliest of them all? Schwarzenegger’s portrayal of the Terminator in the namesake films has been one of the most iconic in cinema history. It’s understandable that Arnold Schwarzenegger is worth a lot because of those films, which launched his career in Hollywood and earned him the trademark of one of the toughest guys in the business; it definitely helped that he came from a bodybuilding background. The Terminator series is also the first time where he used his iconic catchphrase “I’ll be back,” which has been used since in just about all his films.
A cop is killed in the line of duty, but he isn’t really dead. He instead comes back, part human and mostly machine, and he starts remembering his past and the people who shot him, bent on getting revenge. Sounds familiar? Well, it should, because Weller’s role as RoboCop has been remade quite a few times, not to mention sequels to the first film which have also been a success. With a human brain powering him, RoboCop’s skills are mechanical for the most part, but Weller still somehow manages to convey emotions and genuine humanness to his character, which is why it has been a very popular role to this very day.
Brent Spiner portrayal of Lt. Commander Data in Star Trek is one of the most endearing and memorable robot roles in Hollywood history, and it has always been a fan-favorite. His goofiness and yet tactical efficiency have proved to be vital for the success of his crew quite a few times, and Spiner played him with such ease and joy that you could sense it coming from the screen. His character has seen quite a significant growth over the years during the different episodes he was in, and we have grown to love him in each of them as we saw him come closer to the surrounding humans and even take after them at times.
One cannot mention brilliant robot portrayals on films without bringing up Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The film is quite memorable for a lot of reasons, and it even has fans divided to this very day with some interesting, but weird, theories. Yet, Hauer’s performance was the one thing that nobody could argue on, despite having Harrison Ford as his co-star at that time. His philosophical approach to portraying the angry, bitter robot is mesmerizing to watch, and he conveys so much depth and raw emotion despite portraying a humanoid. His last monologue in the film before he ‘expires’ is still one of the most watched and loved monologues in Hollywood history, and not just by Sci-Fi lovers.
There are plenty of wonderful robot roles in Hollywood history. There is a reason why those characters linger with us, as they are unique and different, each in their own way. Who knows what other exciting roles the future holds in store, but it is definitely going to be interesting to sit and enjoy them all.