12 Famous Entrances and Why We Love Them

by Chris Martin on December 13, 2013

In the 2012 filmĀ The Magic of Belle Isle, Morgan Freeman (as alcoholic Western novelist Monte Wildhorn) utters the line, “That’s how you walk into a room.” He was calling attention to the impact that is made when someone makes a powerful entrance. The kind that turns head so fast that neck pain results. The kind that becomes ingrained in your memory long after the individual has since departed.


America loves a great entrance. Here are some of the most famous entrances we’ve seen:

  1. A high school football team bursting through a paper banner. The moment before the game when the crowd reaches its crescendo and the band starts playing is often the highlight of the event. Especially if the team proceeds to get blown out.
  2. A bride sashaying down the aisle. The organist begins the wedding march. The congregation stands and turns. The tears begin flowing. It’s what every girl dreams of.
  3. A woman jumping out of a cake at a bachelor party. A pre-wedding occasion that always elicits a roar of approval from those present. Not usually what a girl dreams of.
  4. “Queen Elizabeth” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She parachuted into the stadium, for crying out loud. At night. With “James Bond.” In a formal dress and heels (the Queen, not 007).
  5. Norm on Cheers. It’s great to be “where everybody knows your name.” It’s even better to walk into a place where everybody shouts your name upon arrival.
  6. Kramer on Seinfeld. He always entered looking a bit frazzled, with his hair (constantly) out of place and a confused look on his face. But his timing was always perfect.
  7. Lenny and Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. They would fling open the door to the girls’ apartment and Squiggy would shout “Hellooooo!” Lenny would later join the band Spinal Tap. Squiggy became a baseball talent scout. (Really.)
  8. Darth Vader on Star Wars: Episode IV (the first one). The door of the rebel ship explodes, a deadly shootout ensues, and in strolls the master of the Dark Force himself. Somehow, the orchestra that plays his theme song whenever he appeared always seemed to remain hidden from view.
  9. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street. Another larger-than-life character who had his own theme music was the kindly woolly mammoth with the huge eyes and the shuffling gait. Nobody but Big Bird saw him until 1985 (the show’s 17th season).
  10. Jessica Rabbit on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. A slender leg appears between the curtains, followed by a curvaceous creature brimming with two-dimensional lust. Don’t blame Jessica; she was just drawn that way.
  11. King Kong on King Kong. A few minutes of ominous drumbeats, countless swaying natives, some broken trees, and a high-pitched scream from a leading lady. All essential elements of an unforgettable entrance.
  12. The Hulk on The Incredible Hulk. Whenever he crashed through a door roaring in fury, everyone feared him. Except for door salesmen, who saw dollar signs.

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