When an actor hears that they're performing like a robot, that's usually not a compliment. But in these cases, the opposite proves true.
From Anthony Daniels, the man inside C3PO's golden suit, to Yul Brenner, who played the robotic (and psychotic) gunslinger in Westworld, to Alicia Vikander, whose role in Ex Machina brings an entirely new aesthetic to cinematic artificial intelligence, these actors bring humanity to robotic roles.
How would you rank these robot performances? Does Ah-nold's role as The Terminator trump the Fembots of Austin Powers, as far as robot movie characters go? What about the creepy Stepford Wives? And what of Tricia Helfer's Number Six from Battlestar Galactica? And let us not forget (never forget!) the role of Vicki, the unintentionally annoying TV android from Small Wonder. Whether you think this list covers all the best robot movies, it's hard to deny that the talented actors named here breathe life into these bots.
Here we give you memorable movie robots and TV robots. Now it's your turn to rank 'em.
- Photo: Terminator 2: Judgment Day / TriStar Pictures
OK, so Arnold Schwarzenegger will never be considered one of the finest actors of his generation. So what? In The Terminator and its sequels, the robotic thespian found the role he was born to play. Fun fact: Arnold almost ruined the original film's most iconic line ("I'll be back."). In 2012, he told Good Morning America he had trouble pronouncing "I'll" and wanted to change the line to "I will be back."Great robot?
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If two teenage boys could create their idea of the perfect woman then Lisa, played by Kelly LeBrock, would surely be the result. In Weird Science, written and directed by John Hughes, Lisa isn't exactly a robot. She's more like Frankenstein's Monster... only with a better vocabulary and less clothing. Don't overthink it.Great robot?
- Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The late great Yul Brenner played a gunslinging robot in Westworld, a film about a futuristic amusement park filled with android cowboys. Brenner, with his gloriously bald head and steely silver gaze, stole the show from costars Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. Director Michael Crichton praised Brenner's performance: "It's very hard to give the impression that you are a robot with no personality while at the same time having some sense of presence and personality. Brenner has this."Great robot?
- Photo: 20th Century FoxGreat robot?