Who Said It: Tony Montana in Scarface, or Walter White on Breaking Bad?

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From Mr. Chips to Scarface.” It’s Vince Gilligan’s oft-cited description of Walter White’s character development on Breaking Bad — mentioned so frequently in fact that the exhibit on BB at the Museum of the Moving Image is called just that. Which got us thinking: Just how much like Scarface is Walter White? As the show has progressed, is Walt really turning into Tony Montana? The biggest difference, other than Albuquerque vs. Miami, is that we haven’t seen Heisenberg get eyeball deep in a mountain of cocaine — and so far, no tigers on the White property. For all other manners of similarity, though, we present this quiz. Who said it: Walter White, or Tony Montana, in the 1983 Scarface?

“I don’t want a monkey. I want you.”

“I’m here, he’s not. You wanna go on with me, you say it. You don’t, then you make a move.”

“Suit myself … You want me to suit myself?! I’ll suit myself to his face!”

“I mean really, what’d you expect me to do? Just simply roll over and allow you to murder us? That I wouldn’t take measures — extreme measures — to defend myself? Wrong! Think again.”

“What do you think I am? You think I’d kill two kids and a woman?”

“You need people like me so you can point your … fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’ So … what’s that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie.”

“See this watch? It’s a birthday present. The person who gave me this wanted me dead, too. Not that long ago, he pointed a gun right between my eyes right here and he threatened to kill me.”

“Is this it? That’s what it’s all about, Manny? Eating, drinking, fucking, sucking? Snorting? Then what? You’re 50. You got a bag for a belly. You got tits, you need a bra. They got hair on them. You got a liver, they got spots on it.”

“Smoking marijuana, eating Cheetos and masturbating do not constitute plans in my book.”

“The blowfish puffs up, okay? The blowfish puffs himself up four, five times larger than normal but why? Why does he do that? Because it makes him intimidating, that’s why.”

“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.”

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