The Wise guy, or tough guy to some. There have been many versions portrayed on television and movies throughout the years. The perception of the tough guy could range from a sleek stylish martini drinker like James Bond, to a rough around the edges drug abusing columbian like Al Pacino's 'Scarface'. I have grown fond of these types of characters over the years, and the things they say that make them fun to watch on screen. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Though he is gone, his spirit will never be forgotten. The character of Tony Soprano is my all-time favorite. The Sopranos ran for six seasons. It told the story of a New Jersey Mafia bosse's rise to power, all the while, battling with depression, anxiety, work and family. James Gandolfini mastered the New Jersey accent after HBO picked up the show years after the pilot aired. This is by far the greatest Mafia show ever aired in my opinion. In the end, Sopranos will leave you in suspense and wanting more.
"Once you enter this family, there is no gettin' out."
I don't know if there are too many Mafia roles out there that can compete with Joe Pesci aka Nicky Santoro in the movie 'Casino' for snappy one liners and trash talking. One of my favorite movies of all time, Pesci plays one of the toughest guys on the scene, sent to Vegas in the early days by the mob to keep an eye on things. The situation starts to get out of hand when Sam Rothstein played by Robert De Niro starts to not like the things that Nicky is trying to pull off in Vegas. This movie takes us on a 3 hour thrill ride filled with drama, comedy and murder. With Joe Pesci leading the way. Every time he is on the screen, I can't wait to hear what he will say next.
"A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who's gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin' night."
Of course you don't even have this list without the great Al Pacino's portrayal of a Cuban immigrant turned drug lord in the movie 'Scarface.' This movie was one of the first to define what a wise guy was all about. It follows the story of Tony Montana, a refuge from his home country of Cuba. Tony and his best friend come to the United States in hopes of the American dream. Instead, they find a path that leads them to money, women and power of the likes they could never have imagined, but also trouble and problems that they could not have imagined either. 'Scarface' if is a film that has you grow with the characters, from fresh off the boat, to the top of the world. Scarface will leave you rooting for the bad guy.
In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.
What are some your favorite movie or tv wise guys? Let me know in the comments.