Cocaine’s Best Roles

Last night on the season premiere of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain did more than just sample the ceviche, though that happened too, when he visited Panama. On a lark, he got to burn six tons of pure, uncut cocaine (wholesale value $300-600 million) with the Panamanian Directory of National Security. “I’d like to say this is the first time I’ve cooked cocaine, but that’s not exactly true,” Bourdain said, a bit wistfully. Before the show aired last night, the cocaine-burning clip had already garnered a decent amount of buzz. It got us thinking about some of the white stuff’s most memorable roles on the big screen. After the jump, our list of some of the best cocaine moments in the movies.

1. Scarface – All I Have Left is This Huge Pile of Blow image Cocaine’s quintessential big screen moment. Having killed his only true friend, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) sits alone in his office and dives into a snowy mountain on his desk.

2. Blow – I Can’t Feel My Face Upon sampling George Jung’s (Johnny Depp) superior Colombian product, Mr. T (Bobcat Goldthwait) exclaims “Where did you get this stuff?! I can’t feel my face, I mean I can touch it but I can’t feel it inside,” later inspiring Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana.

3. Cruel Intentions – Cocaine Jesus image In one of many fine Sarah Michelle Gellar moments, she’s queried by Bunny Caldwell (Selma Blair’s innocent’s mother) as to where she gets her strength. She answers by pulling her cross-necklace-cum-coke-keeper out from between her bosoms and saying “Well, I know this sounds corny, but whenever I feel the temptation of peer pressure, I turn to God and he helps me through the problem.”

4. Pulp Fiction – Whoops, that’s not cocaine. Actually, it’s a heroin scene, but close enough. Mistaking heroine for cocaine, Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), has a cut and sniff and promptly overdoses, requiring Vincent Vega (John Travolta) to take adrenaline shots into his own hands to save her. We’d call it one of the film’s classic scenes, but really, they’re all pretty classic.

5. American Psycho – Quality Control image Evil yuppies Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) and Timothy Bryce (Justin Theroux) hit the club and deign to put some not-perfectly-pure coke up their perfectly groomed noses. Not impressed with the product, Timothy exclaimed “I want to get high off this, not sprinkle it on my fucking Oaties.”

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