In every genre of film, a character does not need to have big dialogue to be an important character. It takes tremendous acting to portray feelings and emotions without the use of dialogue. Below is a list of my favourite 10 characters who didn't have a lot of dialogue but I still loved anyway - which is a credit to their acting skills.
1) Hodor - Game Of Thrones
Hodor is a big character who is giant, yet gentle. He towers over most men in height and is also quite wide . Despite these attributes, Hodor is sweet and kind - a true gentle giant. The actor, Kristian Nairn, is a true inspiration given that Hodor's language is restricted purely to the word 'Hodor' ( which means more effort and acting had to go in to the character's portrayal) and it is done brilliantly!
Fun Fact: Despite only saying 'Hodor', and being called Hodor, his real name in the books by George R.R Martin, is actually Walden.
2) Chief - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Chief is, again, a gentle (kind of) giant. He is a very sweet and nurturing person. He has compassion for his fellow residents. Despite his size and lack of conversation , Jack Nicholson's character grows to love Chief . The actor who played him, Will Sampson, did a great job of showing us all the emotions despite the use of dialogue. Well done sir!
3) Wall.E - Disney Pixar's Wall.E
Although he didn't say very much, this adorable character, with his big eyes and pure innocence, still made audiences everywhere fall in love with him. His lack of language did not hold him back throughout the movie as it was not necessary to the film. He was still able to express feelings of joy, love, despair, pain and anguish and the audience was never confused as to how he was feeling. Wall.E will always be a special film and I think the fact that he doesn't talk actually helps with this character.
4) Groot - Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy
Groot is an impressive height (over 7ft tall) and a lovable character too. His towering presence does not intimidate audiences If he were human I feel it would have intimidated some members of the public. He conveys emotion superbly and is all-round great character. He is sweet, kind, compassionate, funny and that is just a few of the descriptions that can be given to Groot. All this and he only had a 3 word vocabulary, "I am Groot!"
Well done Vin Diesel, who voiced the character.
Fun Fact: When Vin Diesel was voicing Groot, he walked on stilts so that the audience could hear how tall he was.
5) Boba Fett - Star Wars
Boba Fett was an integral part of the Star Wars franchise, yet he barely uttered a word. His on-screen presence was enough to let audiences know what type of character he was. The actor must of had to go through quite a tough time figuring out how to act while having his face obscured. Yet Boba Fett is one of those characters that will be enjoyed again and again. Well done to Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett.
6) Silent Bob - Jay and Silent Bob movies, Dogma etc.
Silent Bob is, well, silent! He does not really speak in any of the movies he is portrayed in. In modern day society, it is rather bold to have a character who does not talk as a main character. Yet it worked in these films! Dialogue is often overused, but actors like Kevin Smith, who plays Silent Bob, depend on other parts of their acting capabilities to bring the character to life. And he does so brilliantly! Well done!
7) Chewbacca - Star Wars
Chewbacca is definitely a main character in the Star Wars films. Yet, he does not speak English or any other dialogue which is translated, he does speak Shyriiwook but because of his Wookie vocal chords communication is limited. We generally rely on Han Solo's reply to understand what the Wookie has said.Fans of the franchise still love Chewbacca despite this, which again is a credit to the actor Peter Mayhew, who managed to bring out emotion despite being covered from head to foot in fur, and being unable to use any form of English language!
8) Tinkerbell - Peter Pan (& Tinkerbell Series)
A lovable little pixie, Tinkerbell is Peter Pan's sidekick. She has a series of bells and 'tinks' she uses to communicate, along with physical expression. For example, when she is angry her face glows red and she folds her arms. Despite not saying a word in the Pan movies, audiences fell in love with her. The rogue who was hard to handle and very stubborn is also cute, tiny and a FAIRY! Which is cool.
9) Vito Corleone - The Godfather II
Vito was not utterly silent in The Godfather II but he did not speak often. His character was very quiet in nature, and the personality of Vito was that he was always watching, but not necessarily speaking. He managed to bring this iconic character to life using sheer acting talent. Well done Robert De Niro on a fine job!
10) Jason Vorhees - Friday The 13th series
Jason never uttered a word in the Friday the 13th movies. However, I think this addeD to his general 'creepiness'. The fact that he was silent made him even more of a formidable foe. He would just walk toward you, machete in hand, not saying anything and that was an even more terrifying experience. I feel that if Jason had spoken in these movies, it would have lost him some of the 'fear' factor he created. Well done to all the actors who have portrayed Jason (there are a lot). May the creepiness continue!
What do you think? What characters are unforgettable despite the lack of dialogue? Please feel free to leave a comment in the section below about who you love and/or why. Until next time folks, ciao!