Bubble Gum and Kicking Ass – They Live

You know that movie that you see every time you go to the video store, but you just never grab it? That one movie cover that always catches your eye and you know you want to see it, but can never bring yourself to risk the money on it possibly being terrible? For me that movie was They Live. I can remember in high school (10 years ago) when there was nothing else going on we would just go to Blockbuster, spin around in the horror section and which ever movie we landed on was the movie we rented… Yeah, we rented some terrible movies, but despite how terrible they are, there are a couple I’ll never forget, like The Ice Cream Man with Clint Howard, what a terrible, terrible movie.

They Live had that movie cover that was just so intriguing that you knew you wanted to check it out because who wouldn’t love to walk around wearing some bad ass sunglasses looking at aliens all day. And actually I had no clue they were aliens until I actually sat down and watched the movie this weekend. I had always assumed they were zombies or skeletons or something closer to the horror genre not the sci-fi genre. But they were indeed aliens and the only person that can save the planet is Rowdy Roddy Piper whom you may remember from his skills in the ring with the WWF (now WWE).

Now I’m not writing this post to talk about the plot or it’s commentary on society or any of that crap, I’m writing this post to bring to light two of the greatest scenes in cinema history. The first, which you can see above, contains possibly the greatest ad-lib by an actor, ever. After beating up 2 cops, who were actually aliens, and stealing their guns, Rowdy Roddy Piper backs himself into a building thinking he’s going to be safe, only when he turns around he realizes he is in a bank holding a shotgun. As he scans the room he realizes that some of the people there are aliens and he decides to do something about it and that is when the famous line is uttered, “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum”. After he says his line he just starts blasting away at aliens in the bank spraying blood everywhere. It really is an amazing scene, and the way he delivers that line is so powerful and emotional… riiiiiight, that line is none of those things, but it is pure awesomeness. And apparently the line was completely ad-libbed by Rowdy Roddy Piper and it was a line he had written down for use in interviews during his stint at the WWF. Check after the jump for a WWF inspired fight scene that could possibly be one of the greatest fight scene ever.

As you can see our hero, Rowdy Roddy Piper, is fighting Keith David because Keith refuses to put on the sunglasses. All Rowdy Roddy Piper wants him to do is put on the glasses so he can see what the world is actually like, but Keith refuses thus leading to a fight scene of epic scale. And when I say epic, I mean Lord of the Rings epic. The fight has no music behind it, some ridiculous sound effects and just when you think it’s over it’s not. This fight lasts for 5 and a half minutes and it’s just two dudes wrestling around in an alley over a pair of sunglasses. The best part is when Rowdy Roddy Piper smashes in the car window, apologizes and kind of laughs before the fight continues. And yes South Park parodied this fight in the form of a Cripple Fight between Jimmy and Timmy in one episode. The parody was complete with crotch shots and the “mother fucka” line, classic.

So while I can’t recommend They Live as a “great” movie of cinematic value, I will say that it was fairly entertaining and the two scenes above alone are worth checking out right now.