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What are those pills that Gary Oldman keeps taking in the Professional?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by StephenA, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. StephenA

    StephenA Screenwriter

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    I watched this the other night for the second time. I saw him take a pill a couple times. What exactly are they?
     
  2. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    PEZ. Its probably just a sugar rush. [​IMG]
     
  3. Anthony_D

    Anthony_D Stunt Coordinator

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    Viagra

    no....seriously, I figured they were illcit drugs...Don't know what kind though.
     
  4. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    I've always thought they were "Poppers" (Amyl nitrite) in capsule-like vials that he breaks open and inhales through the nose, rather than swallows like pills. It gives you an intense, temporary "rush." I've been out of the drug culture for decades, so I don't know what specific kind he was taking, but obviously it had some nasty effects.

    I've been so sure they were poppers that I'd have to watch the movie again to see if it's something he's actually swallowing, but I don't think so. Nothing swallowed can give a reaction that quickly.
     
  5. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Screenwriter

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    I don't know what kind of drug it was, but he definitely swallowed it. The shots of him taking the drugs plainly showed him putting the pill in his mouth and cracking it open with his teeth. Perhaps thats why the effect was so immediate.

    Bruce
     
  6. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

    Bjorn Olav Nyberg Supporting Actor

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    Or perhaps they figured it didn't matter what kind, and nobody would care, as long as we got the point...

    (Not trying to be rude, I just have a feeling there isn't really a final answer to this question. Still fun to speculate of course.)
     
  7. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Gee, and I thought that he just had a splitting headache. [​IMG]
     
  8. Alex Spindler

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    I'm pretty sure Hannibal Lecter gave it to him.
     
  9. John Spencer

    John Spencer Supporting Actor

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    Well, I'd tell you guys what it is, but I DO NOT HAVE THE TA-HA-IME...FOR THIS MIKIMAUS...BULLSHIT!!!!!
     
  10. John Thomas

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    Damn. Beat me to it.[​IMG]
     
  11. Will_B

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    Interviews at the time said it was just an imaginary drug. Oldman wanted to do something memorable with it, and he sure did. But it is not meant to be anything specific.
     
  12. Richard Kim

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  13. Grant B

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    I caught it a couple of days ago on HBO HD,pretty incredible.
    Well worth it no matter how many times youve seen it.
    Look for it if you have all the necessary stuff.
     
  14. Eric Fisher

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    I think it was to simply show the hypocrisy of his character. I'm sure everyone got that though [​IMG]
     
  15. YANG

    YANG Second Unit

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    I don't think that is not any sort of medicated pills...IT HAS TO BE TICTACS! Didn't you guys noticed that his f**kin mouth is f**kin smelly all the time.
     
  16. Chuck C

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    I dunno Yang, sounds to me like you don't like Mozart.
     
  17. ErichH

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    Definatly something that makes him go FASTER!!!!! - think he already had the basic moves down from Sid&Nancy

    Eric
     

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