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11 most memorable green characters from the movies

11 most memorable green characters from the movies

27/05/2016Movies

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A wise old frog once said: “It’s not easy being green.”  But clearly Kermit wasn’t thinking about movie stars when he made his pigment-orientated proclamation.  A whole host of green-tinged characters have made it big in Tinseltown, and the emerald entertainment ranks will swell once again when orcs invade the multiplex as part of Duncan Jones’ much anticipated Warcraft: The Beginning.

Thanks to a bit of CGI-trickery, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Toby Kebbell has been transformed into the latest member of the big green gang, as fearsome orc leader Durotan who battles the humans on distant world Azeroth.  Before he leads his horde into battle, we sat down with Toby and the cast of Warcraft, including Paula Patton who also covers herself in green paint to play half human, half orc Garona, who told us about going down the rabbit hole that is Warcraft.  Check out our exclusive interview below.

In honour of the latest additions to this peculiar club of protagonists, we decided to run the rule over some of cinema’s most iconic green characters. 

The Hulk - The Avengers (2012)

Hulk no like

Hulk no like

The character might have been rebooted more times than a dying desktop, but this green goliath has still managed to cement his place in cinema’s current superhero landscape. That’s in part due to Mark Ruffalo, who injected some much-needed personality into the gamma irradiated mass of CGI that had previously populated summer blockbusters. 

Yoda - Star Wars franchise (1977 - present)

The green is strong in this one

The green is strong in this one

Purveyor of intergalactic wisdom, Jedi training and wonky syntax - this pint-sized favourite from a galaxy far, far away is one of the most iconic green characters ever committed to screen. Whether you’re a fan of the animatronic original or the lightsaber waving badass from the prequel trilogy, the chances are that the Dagobah System’s most famous resident holds a special place in your heart.

The Green Lantern - Green Lantern (2011)

The Lantern was a Guardian of the Galaxy before it was cool

The Lantern was a Guardian of the Galaxy before it was cool

Ryan Reynolds’ stock is currently riding high after his R Rated romp Deadpool busted blocks at the box office. But the superhero genre wasn’t always kind to Canadian actor. In fact back in 2011 he was on the receiving end of a mauling from critics after he brought the Emerald Crusader to cinema’s in Warner Bros.’ much maligned Green Lantern adaption. No doubt the character - minus the shiny CGI spandex suit we hope - will return to the multiplex for DC’s Justice League however, and once again take up his rightful place among cinema’s gaggle of green protagonists. 

Wicked Witch of the West - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

She’ll get your little dog, too

She’ll get your little dog, too

Armed with a flock of flying monkeys and a cackle that could send shivers down the spines of even the most hardened of cinephiles, the Wicked Witch of the West is as iconic as movie characters come. She’s also entirely terrifying; even if Wicked has done it’s best to reframe her as a misunderstood outcast rather than the dark heart of this classic family-friendly flick. 

Shrek - Shrek franchise (2001 - 2010)

Maximum ogredrive

Maximum ogredrive

The star of four phenomenally successful flicks (not to mention countless spinoffs, short films and stage shows), Mike Myers’ Scottish-accented ogre is one of the most successful animated characters of all time. He’s also green, in case you hadn’t noticed. 

Godzilla - Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla was SO done with all of this

Godzilla was SO done with all of this

Godzilla is the granddaddy of movie monsters, a giant lizard with irradiated halitosis that’s seemingly intent on destroying everything in its path. A metaphor of sorts for the atomic bomb, Godzilla first made landfall in Japanese cinema of the early 50s and has since gone on to become a pop culture phenomenon appearing in more than 28 films alongside various games, books and even a recent reboot. Zilla is so famous in fact that it’s got its own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. 

The Mask - The Mask (1994)

The best troll of all time

The best troll of all time

Jim Carrey’s slapstick schtick has never been funnier than in this 1994 comic caper, which also marked Cameron Diaz’s first appearance on the big screen. Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a mild mannered bank clerk whose life is turned upside down after discovering a magical mask that transforms him into the film’s titular trickster, a zoot-suit clad caricature whose wardrobe is every bit as loud as his personality. 

Xenomorph – Alien (1979)

“Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about the environment?”

“Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about the environment?”

As the movie’s marketing told us "In space no one can hear you scream", which is fortunate given that anyone confronted with one of Alien’s Xenomorphs is likely to descend into a gibbering wreck. Part of what makes Ridley Scott’s green-skinned critter so iconic is the attention to detail put into every aspect of its design from egg to adult. Created by Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger, the alien antagonist leaves little to the imagination. In fact it proved so effective that studio bosses originally wanted to scrap his creation for fear it was too ghastly for filmgoers. 

Kermit the Frog – The Muppet movies (1979 - present)

Still looking for that Rainbow Connection

Still looking for that Rainbow Connection

As the movie’s marketing told us "In space no one can hear you scream", which is fortunate given that anyone confronted with one of Alien’s Xenomorphs is likely to descend into a gibbering wreck. Part of what makes Ridley Scott’s green-skinned critter so iconic is the attention to detail put into every aspect of its design from egg to adult. Created by Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger, the alien antagonist leaves little to the imagination. In fact it proved so effective that studio bosses originally wanted to scrap his creation for fear it was too ghastly for filmgoers. 

Frankenstein’s monster - Frankenstein (1931)

“Actually, it’s pronounced “FrUNK-en-steen”

“Actually, it’s pronounced “FrUNK-en-steen”

Sewn together from dismembered limbs of unfortunate cadavers; Frankenstein’s monster was made famous in a string of Hammer horrors. But for many moviegoers he’ll always be best remembered for Boris Karloff’s turn from Universal’s 1931 movie, which has over time become the definitive take on Mary Shelley’s macabre creation.

The Grinch - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is the second time Jim Carrey’s appeared on this list? Coincidence? Or something sinister?

This is the second time Jim Carrey’s appeared on this list? Coincidence? Or something sinister?

Movie Santas are typically wise kindly souls who warm your heart and remind you that Christmas is a time of goodwill and giving. In the case of Jim Carrey’s green-skinned Grinch however, the opposite is true as he sets out attempting to ruin everyone’s Christmas in this 2000 tale of seasonal sabotage.