While we all dream of a summer holiday in the tropics, getting stuck on a desert island with no hope of escape isn’t ideal. However, the world of cinema has a massive array of characters who’d make desert island life a breeze. From the fantastical to the practical, we’ve listed some of the best below...
In the early 20th Century, Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) was a mathematics prodigy capable of handling the most complex equations. His big screen life story shows just how resourceful he can be, so he’d likely spend his time on the island decoding your position on the globe by consulting the stars.
Charlie Hunnam’s interpretation of the English legend will bring both grit and wit to your desert island stay. Arthur grew up on the rough streets of Londinium, so his survival skills are top notch. He’s a natural born leader, calm in a crisis, and the flashes of power sparking from the blade of Excalibur are bound to attract the attention of rescue helicopters.
While not your typical hero, Emmet (Chris Pratt) quickly shows he’s got what it takes to turn any situation around. This little LEGO star is a Master Builder and could probably be found scouting your surroundings for tools. Before you know it, he’s taking the island apart and building an awesome airship to fly home in.
As iconic as she is, Wonder Woman’s survival skills are second to none. Gal Gadot’s portrayal is invulnerable, multilingual, supremely intelligent and intensely resourceful. She also has super strength and can jump really far, so she’ll be able to get the attention of passing planes when you’re ready to head home.
As much as we’ve focused on the idea of escaping, when you’re stuck on a desert island it’s important to keep spirits high. Robin (Rebel Wilson) can turn just about any situation into an adventure, while her cutting wit will lighten up what could otherwise be a pretty stressful time lost at sea. One thing’s for sure, she’ll find a way to bring the party to the island.
Tom Hanks has played a few survivalists in his time. His role as CaptainSully portrays the character’s ability to keep a cool head in a crisis, alongside the capacity for quick thinking that would keep you prepared for anything.
As well as being a no-nonsense leader, Owen Chase’s (Chris Hemsworth) time aboard the whaling ship Essex has given him a keen understanding of navigation and life at sea. His capacity to survive the elements would ensure that escape is all but assured.
Get stranded on a desert island with a Melissa McCarthy character and boredom will be far from your mind. While Tammy’s own movie explores themes of self-identity and rebuilding life through comedy, her flair for controversy will see the time on the desert island fly by.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson can withstand almost anything. In San Andreas, he stars as an LAFD pilot and Afghanistan veteran, who's faced the biggest earthquake the planet's ever experienced. It’s safe to say that a man who manages to save his family while cities collapse around him is the kind of unshakeable hero you’d want by your side on a desert island. He’s bound to pull off island evacuation in style, with helicopter rotors whirring against the sunset.
It’s fun to imagine how some of our favourite movie characters would thrive on a desert island. Who would be your choice?