CHRIS ROCK AS POOKIE IN NEW JACK CITY (1991)
The most famous crackhead of all time? Has to be. There’s not a coke rapper alive who hasn’t used a Pookie punch line in at least one rhyme (Bobby, Whitney, Darryl Strawberry, and Len Bias round out the top five most cliche addict reference list.) So what makes Chris Rock’s performance still stand out nearly 20 years later? It’s the perfect fusion of iconic movie quotes (“It just be calling me, man. Calling me.”) mixed in with a real sadness and a touch of comedic over-exaggeration that makes Pookie our number one crackhead. A somewhat dubious honor, we know, but an honor nonetheless.