Heavy-metal scene stealers: Fav movie robots
When it comes to heavy-metal friends from outer space, Gort from 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still totally rocks. Call him the world's first "bouncer." Just be sure to remember his "safe word" — Klaatu barada nikto! — when things get heavy.
But Gort has a lot of company when it comes to metallic heroes of the silver screen. Here are our favorite movie robots, just in time for today's release of the The Day the Earth Stood Still remake with Keanu Reeves. (Whoa, totally bogus!)
And wouldn't you know it -- many of them are from the '80s.
The Gunslinger (Westworld, 1973): Yul Brynner is maniacal as the malfunctioning, gun-toting android from the futuristic amusement park Delos. Too bad he didn't break into singing Shall We Dance? Memorable line: "Sloppy with your drink? Get this boy a bib!"
Cylons (Battlestar Galactica, 1978): Full metallic outerwear and that creepy red, buzzing light across their heads. Next to the Sleestaks from Land of the Lost, Cylons were the stuff of nightmares to preteens growing up in the '70s. Memorable line: "By your command."
Terminator (The Terminator, 1984): Forget those morphing robots from the sequels; we prefer Arnold Schwarzenegger as the machine on a mission from the future. Memorable line: "I'll be back."
C-3PO and R2-D2 (Star Wars, 1977-2005): As the Abbott and Costello of movie robots, they appear in the list together. That's their lot in life. Memorable line: "Don't call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease."
Twiki (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 1979): Mel Blanc mixed Yosemite Sam and Porky the Pig for the voice of the short-stacked sidekick in the movie and TV series. Memorable line: "Beedee beedee beedee."
Johnny 5 (Short Circuit, 1986): The government robot gone good was funny enough to make us forget co-stars Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy. Memorable line: "Hey, Laserlips. Your mama was a snowblower."
THE MOST HUMAN
Roy Batty (Blade Runner, 1982): Rutger Hauer a robot? Heck no! He was "more human than human" as an escaped android desperate to extend his predetermined life span. Memorable line: "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."
Data (Star Trek movies, 1994-2002): Brent Spiner's yellow-eyed turn as the android who wants to be human was the most personable acting in the movie series. Memorable line: "If you're referring to sexuality, I'm fully functional. Programmed in multiple techniques."
Marvin (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 2005): He's paranoid, depressed and has a brain the size of a planet. In other words, he's your basic late-night TV host. Memorable line: "Not that anyone cares what I think, but the restaurant is at the other end of the Universe."
Optimus Prime (Transformers, 1986, 2007): Optimus Prime (voiced in both movies by Peter Cullen) proved there was honor among robots. Plus, in truck-form he would have been great for hauling Coors beer across state lines. Memorable line: "At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall!"
Iron Giant (The Iron Giant, 1999): Vin Diesel as an animated robot who grows a conscience and sacrifices himself to save his human friend and his town? Nah, nobody would buy it. Memorable line: "Souls don't die."
WALL-E (WALL-E, 2008): Our waste-cleaning hero has a cockroach for a best friend and watches Hello, Dolly! every night. Need we say more? Memorable line: "Eeeeeva!"
Steven Seagal (any movie, 1988-2008): Aww, just kidding, Steven. We really love your stiff brand of acting. No karate kicks, please! Memorable line: "I'm gonna take you to the bank, Sen. Trent. To the blood bank!"