Following up on my post on best movies about scientists, who’s your favorite movie/tv scientist? And what’s your favorite movie/tv scientist line?
My favorite movie scientist is probably “anyone played by Jeff Goldblum”, such as his computer programmer from Independence Day.*
Other favorites of mine: Val Kilmer’s physics student from Real Genius (it helps that he has a ton of great lines). Matt Damon’s botanist/astronaut from The Martian. Paul Bettany’s naturalist from Master and Commander. Mark Rylance’s naturalist from Angels and Insects.
I haven’t seen Contagion, but I suspect that when I do I’ll want to add Kate Winslett’s epidemiologist to the list, because Kate Winslett. Gwenyth Paltrow’s mathematician in Proof was pretty good, but I was fortunate to see her in the play and liked the play better.
Let’s also name our favorite lines from tv and movie scientists. Some obvious choices, starting with the clear #1:
“See, here I am now, by myself, talking to myself. That’s chaos theory.”:
“Back off man, I’m a scientist.”:
“Nothing shocks me–I’m a scientist.” (which, like the previous line, is hilarious because the speaker is manifestly not a scientist):
Egon’s “Twinkie” speech from Ghostbusters:
“I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”:
Hard to choose one from Real Genius, but many of the lines aren’t about science, so I’ll go with “This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold.” Honorable mention for “Now if we can just keep it from exploding!”:
Sorry, no tv show lines from me. I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory.
*Good thing that space alien computers are Mac-compatible.🙂