5. “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… And I’m all out of bubblegum.”
Courtesy of: John Nada (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper) in They Live (1988)
Yes, that’s the WWF’s very own “Rowdy” Roddy Piper you see above, holding a shotgun, wearing stunner shades, and looking like the coolest redneck imaginable. In a stroke casting brilliance, genre master John Carpenter cast the snarky, wisecracking professional wrestler as the everyman hero in They Live, a campy sci-fi gem about an alien invasion in which the Martians hide out on Earth by wearing human body costumes.
Those sunglasses on Roddy’s head? They’re used to see who’s one of us and who’s from another planet. The aliens, as Piper states in another wonderfully rewind-worthy scene, “look like [their] face fell in cheese dip back in 1957.” Don’t ask.
The film’s best line, though, comes when Piper goes on an E.T.-hunting mission and enters a crowded bank; seeing that the money pit is loaded with space-men and women, he offers up one of the greatest warnings you’ll ever hear: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… And I’m all out of bubblegum.” Whoever came up with that dialogue deserves a star on Hollywood Boulevard.