6 Famous Pairs of Movie Sunglasses

    November 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

    During an interview at this year’s Comic-Con, the gang at i09 had a chance to sit down with producer Eric Newman and discuss a few of his upcoming projects. One of those rumored projects is a possible remake of the John Carpenter classic They Live, a movie about a drifter that discovers a pair of sunglasses that show him that aliens have taken over the Earth.

    Here is the shocking piece of new from that interview, if Newman did take on a remake, there is talk of not using sunglasses in the plot. Hardcore fans will surely be up in arms, but I’m all for making new versions of old movies be a little different than the original. It did get me to thinking about those particular sunglasses, and if they are the most famous pair of shades ever worn in movies.

    Here are six movies that have sunglasses getting just as much screen time as the actors.

    They Live

    Pretty simple; put on the sunglasses and see that the world is a pretty scary place. The sunglasses also had a political message, according to They Live director John Carpenter. Carpenter “thought of sunglasses as being the tool to seeing the truth, which ‘is seen in black and white. It’s as if the aliens have colorized us. That means, of course, that Ted Turner is really a monster from outer space.” (Turner getting bad press at the time for colorizing old black-and-white movies.)

    Top Gun

    Top Gun made Aviators almost as cool as commanding fighter planes and signing to chicks in crowded bars. The glasses especially came in handy for all those heated beach volleyball games on base. Everyone go towel off! Maverick is waiting. Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses sales jumped 40% thanks to Maverick, Ice Man and Goose.

    The Blues Brothers

    Elwood: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
    Jake: “Hit it”.

    In those famous sunglasses much more than they are without them, the Blues Brothers are known for their signature Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. The Wayfarers later become a signature style for another sunglassed drug-chaser named Sonny Crockett. Except he was chasing it for good reason, unlike Belushi.

    The Hangover

    Besides a bottle of Advil and a gallon of water, sunglasses are the third most important thing the morning after you’ve had a little too much to drink. Zach Galifianakis, and his tortoise themed BluBlocker shades consistently steal scenes in The Hangover. Even little Carlos gets a pair. Not at the table. Carlos!

    Men In Black

    Another pair of shades with a story purpose, the Men in Black use devices known as “Neuralyzers” to wipe witnesses’ memories of what they have seen, and replace the memories with more mundane explanations. All agents carry a pair of black sunglasses, which they put on before activating a Neuralyzer to shield themselves from the effects. Following the film’s release, Ray-Ban stated sales of their Predator 2 sunglasses tripled to $5 million.

    The Terminator

    How did Arnold come to wear his famous shades? In the movie, after a brief chase of Sarah Connor that ended with a car crash damaging its arm and left eye, The Terminator removes the useless flesh eye and reveals its cybernetic eye. To cover up those piercing reds, the Terminator wears sunglasses to hide its features. The sunglasses actually worn by the Terminator were Gargoyles. There not popular today like the other glasses mentioned in this blog, but don’t worry, just like every other style they’ll be back.

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