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I'm not some surrealist nightmare... (15.28)

Dake: That coffee is terrible. How do you drink it?

Connerty: I close my eyes and think of England.

Dake: When you close your eyes, I want you to think of me. Coming after you.

Connerty: Like my own personal Anton Chigurh?

Dake: Oh, no. I'm not some surrealist nightmare. I'm flesh and blood.

Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men, and its film adaptation, in which he is portrayed by Javier Bardem. The character received much praise during the film's theatrical run, where Javier Bardem was awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for his performance. Chigurh has been included on numerous lists of greatest villains, most notably in Empire Magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Chigurh is a hitman who is never seen to display remorse or compassion. He is described by Carson Wells, a central character in the novel, as a "psychopathic killer," in his 30s, with a dark complexion, and eyes as "blue as lapis ... Like wet stones." His signature weapon is a captive bolt stunner, which he uses to kill one of his victims and also as a tool to shoot out door locks. He also wields a sound-suppressed Remington 11-87 semi-automatic shotgun and pistol (as well as a TEC-9 in the film adaptation). Throughout both the novel and the film, Chigurh flips a coin to decide the fate of his victims. The Remington 11-87 was actually released seven years after the original setting of the book but still made an appearance as one of the most memorable weapons in the movie.