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The Most Distinctive Movie Voices


Characters that sound unique are rarely found in cinemas. Globalization has made most voices recognizable to moviegoers all over the world. Very few characters make one turn their head and go "huh?", so one when such characters present themselves, we have to take notice.

Bane - Tom Hardy
Of the many discussed items of The Dark Knight Rises this summer, Tom Hardy's voice for the masked villain was easily the most popular. What was it? Scottish? Indian?

Anton Chiguhr - Javier Bardem
Another villain with a voice hard to detect. While Bardem slipped between accents in scenes, no one was really wondering anything other than "what is he going to do with that cattle prod?"

Batman - Christian Bale
Bale's growl that he used as Caped Crusader has been described as many things: a mix between Clint Eastwood and a Gorilla, a severe case of bronchitis, and induced by childhood nightmares. All I know is, it is the best Batman voice done.

Vito Corleone - Marlon Brando
One of the most imitated voices in cinematic history it commands your attention as well as your respect.

Hannibal Lecter - Anthony Hopkins
If the eerie gaze of Dr. Lecter didn't send shivers down your spine, then the timbre of his voice will.

Bill Lumberg - Gary Cole
"Yeah, we're gonna have to ask you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too."

Groundskeeper Carl Spackler - Billy Murray
Maybe one of the greatest comedic performances of all-time and infinitely quotable.

Clint Eastwood in anything
You just know it's him. From the cool, collected breeze of the Man with No Name all the way to the grizzled man who wants you off his lawn. Instantly recognizable.

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