Cigar smoking is usually sought to be justified by some smart explanation but none are more eloquent than words spoken by certified cigar smokers themselves. [Read more…]
Throughout the history of television shows and movies, there are a number of smoking characters that have made their mark in the public’s mind. Sometimes, it is about the whole character that will make its mark, but other times it can take just a single scene to be unforgettable. To the viewers’ mind their smoking characters will always hold a certain distinction.
Robert de Niro
Robert de Niro took on the role of a tattooed, cigar-smoking psychotic rapist in the movie “Cape Fear”. De Niro is actually seen in his other movies smoking a cigar such as “Goodfellas” but makes his mark in this one because of the character’s intensity. De Niro’s character reportedly smoked a Casa Blanca Half Jerobaum Maduro for his Max Cady role.
Clint Eastwood was “the Man with No Name” in the western movie “A Fistful of Dollars”. Eastwood’s laconic performance catapulted the character to the coolest stature ever. No Name is characterized by a poncho, sparse words, and a cigar. It is interesting to note that Eastwood is a non-smoker and didn’t even like the idea of smoking cigars for the movie. He later admitted that the cigar put him in a certain mood fit for his character.
Arnold Schwarzenegger smoked cigars endlessly in the Running Man. This movie about the future America had Schwarzenegger mouthing all sorts of witty dialogues while killing the bad guys. The cigar smoking was just one of the chosen differentiating factors for this character created by Stephen King a.k.a. Richard Bachman.
Nicholas Cage plays the role of Yuri Orlov in the movie “The Lord of War”, who is the close approximation of post-Soviet arms dealer Viktor Bout. The sporting of the cigar is probably to complete the image of an illegal arms dealer and an opportunistic businessman. After all, there was a point in time that cigar came with a picture of a well-dressed, suave man.
Al Pacino is said to have portrayed a real character in enacting the role of Tony Montana in the movie “Scarface”. Cigar smoking came with the territory of the character of a high-profile Cuban drug dealer. Pacino incidentally, has made a mark playing mobster roles.
When old movies are seen in cable, viewers come across many movies that show characters in their smoking glory. The movie world is now being discouraged from “glorifying” smoking. Smoking for some time has been highly glamorized in movies. Find the best cable TV service through Cable TV Advisor and start watching these movies and your favorites.
The reason why ads promoting cigarettes are being sought to be curtailed is because of the strong influence of famous personalities to the public in lending a glamorous nature to the practice. Â Cigar smoking which is said to be different from cigarette smoking has its own league of famous loyal patronizers. Â It is said that there was nothing that could separate them from their cigar, so much so that seeing without it makes on wonder if he is looking at th real one.
Winston Churchill was one the more well-known personalities who offered absolutely no excuses for his taste for cigars. Â There was no one or nothing that can stop him, not even a visiting king who particularly prohibited smoking in his presence or an oxygen mask while on flight. Â He was supposed to have smoked 8-10 cigars per day of his favorite Cuban brand. Â He was so identified with smoking cigars that a tobacco size was named after him.
John Kennedy was another personality who conveniently used his political power to ensure a steady supply of his favorite tobacco first before signing an embargo that will affect products of Cuba including his well-loved Petit Upmann cigars. Â Fidel Castro was at it for at least 44 years, giving it up only because of health concerns that involved his country. George Burns disproved his doctor’s medical admonition to stop smoking and actually smoked cigar for at least 70 years of his 100-year life. Â He was particularly known for smoking a cigar while doing his acts, settling for a brand that would stay lit all through out Â a show.
Mark Twain is said to have smoked the most on a daily basis, smoking as much as 20 cigars per day. Â He is not particularly choosy of his brand and would smoke anything except Havana. Â Many other known names have lent their persona once in their lifetime to cigar smoking. Â A complete perusal of the list will reveal that one doesn’t have to beÂ extraordinarilyÂ famous to appreciate what these famous men did.