5 movie characters over 100 years old and looking fine
From Chewbacca to Wonder Woman, aging gracefully is something these old-timers know plenty about.
What would it be like to live well into our golden years with all the strength and health of our youth? While science hasn't yet figured out a way to make that happen in the real world, there are some fictional characters that are truly age-defying and loving it.
Below are some of our favorites well beyond the century mark and still kicking butt.
While Thor's exact age has never been truly revealed, we do have some hints. For instance, in the 2008 comic "The Truth of History," readers are shown a young Thor visiting Egypt during the construction of the pyramids. This would put his age in at least the 2,600-4,500 year range. So yes, the Norse God, played by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel film franchise, would have had plenty of time to perfect his golden locks. It's also worth noting that Thor isn't exactly immortal. Instead, in order to extend his lifespan and sustain his youth and vigor, he must periodically feast from the magical Golden Apples of Idunn in Asgard.
Has Wonder Woman somehow discovered the Fountain of Youth? In the latest sneak peek of the superhero's first standalone film, fans were left wondering the same. According to director Zack Snyder, her age is not in the hundreds of years, but thousands. That's right – Israeli actress Gal Gadot, herself a 30-year-old former law student, is playing a superhero who is an astounding 5,000 years old. "Her sexuality is part of her power, but she is also a feminist icon," Gadot recently told Empire. "Gender has been a hot topic, so it is very timely to bring her back."
As it turns out, everyone's favorite Wookiee in the Star Wars universe is also carrying around some impressive age-defying genetics. When we received our first look at Chewbacca and Han Solo in "Episode VII: The Force Awakens," it quickly became apparent which one of the pair had aged the most gracefully. According to the Star Wars wiki, Chewbacca's age at the time of "The Force Awakens" is about 234 years old. Most impressive – and not a grey hair to be seen! The wookiee, played by British actor Peter Mayhew, will live on in "Episode VIII." The film is slated for a December 2017 release.
For an old man, Wolverine can certainly throw down with the best of them. The X-Men mutant, played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, was reportedly born during the late 19th century. Thanks to his regenerative abilities, however, his body grows old at a substantially slower rate than normal. As a result, the age of the three-clawed superhero is at least 120 years or older. Just how long will Wolverine be around? There's a Marvel comics series called "Old Man Logan" and reportedly shows the superhero around and kicking 50 years into the future. Unfortunately, that longevity doesn't apply to actors: Jackman has already announced that the upcoming "Wolverine 3" will be his last as the clawed mutant.
A powerful wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Gandalf's age is proof you should never judge a book by its cover. Played by English actor Sir Ian McKellen, the grey wizard is, according to Middle Earth lore, is at a minimum a head-scratching 11,000-years-old. Apparently, Gandalf is a spirit called a Maia that existed long before Middle Earth was even created. He took the form of an old man to help the free peoples fight the evil Lord Sauron. He also can't die – as evidenced in his reincarnation in the second "Rings" film – and will continue on in spirit form long after Middle Earth disappears.
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