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Thick with power... (13.53)

Grigor: Our lieutenants should meet. Pick through the grains of rice, strategies, numbers. How we make ourselves richer. Stronger. Thick with power, like Vasily Alekseyev himself. Yes? 

Bobby: Yes.

Vasily Ivanovich Alekseyev (7 January 1942 – 25 November 2011) was a Soviet weightlifter. He set 80 world records and 81 Soviet records in weightlifting and won gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.

Fear isn't in this... (19.27)

Grigor: Answer. Is that some piss running down your leg? 

Bobby: Fear isn't in this. In me. I think you see that.

Grigor: Why do you say that? Because you invite me over to the house where your children sleep? And this makes you tall and tough and proud? I'm a fucking businessman. And a real sweetheart. I'm Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Bobby: Yeah. So am I. And if you mention my kids like that again you'll find out just how fucking friendly.

Casper the Friendly Ghost is the protagonist of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name. He is a pleasant and personable ghost.

Big pearls... (30.22)

Bobby: Big pearls. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was Beluga.

Grigor: How can it be Beluga when Beluga is illegal in this country?

Bobby: Of course.

Grigor: Next time, I'll fly in some pangolin.

Beluga caviar is caviar consisting of the roe (or eggs) of the beluga sturgeon Huso huso. It is found primarily in the Caspian Sea, the world’s largest salt-water lake, which is bordered by Iran and the CIS countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. It can also be found in the Black Seabasin and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea. Beluga caviar is the most expensive type of caviar, with market prices, at the beginning of the millennium, ranging from $7,000 to $10,000/kg ($3,200 to $4,500/lb).

I can't interact now... (32.02)

Todd: I could lie to you and tell you I didn't get the message, but the truth is it's by design. I can't "interact" now. I have to fly above reproach, like one of those American Gladiator people on the SkyTrack.

Grigor: Your so-called gladiators would be slaughtered by a third grade choir back home.

American Gladiators is an American competition TV show that aired on NBC and Citytv in Canada. Hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, the show matches amateur athletes against each other and the show's own "gladiators" in contests of strength, agility, and endurance. It is a remake of the original series of the same name which ran from 1989–1996, with elements of the UK version of the 1990s. The show is refereed by Al Kaplon, a former American League umpire, who can also be seen as the referee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Play-by-play narration is handled by Van Earl Wright.

Very un-American... (51.21)

Grigor: I took from you. You didn't make a squeal or spill a tear. Very un-American.

Bobby: Would it have worked?

Grigor: Only to make me never think of you again. And somehow like the man, Teófilo Stevenson, you boxed your way out of the corner and found a way to cover your losses.

Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence (29 March 1952 – 11 June 2012) was a Cuban amateur boxer and engineer. Stevenson is one of only three boxers to win three Olympic gold medals, alongside Hungarian László Papp and fellow Cuban Félix Savón. The BBC described Stevenson as "Cuba's greatest boxer, once its most famous figure after Fidel Castro".

You didn't even flinch... (3.31)

Grigor: I was just asking myself if I would. And you know what? I would! Wow. Every day you live this life you learn something about yourself. Delightful!

Taylor: If you're delighted, just imagine how it makes me feel.

Grigor: That's good. You didn't even flinch. Like the titan, Lee Iacocca. That's important. To business then.

Lido Anthony "LeeIacocca (born October 15, 1924) is an American automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s. He served as President and CEO of Chrysler from 1978 and additionally as chairman from 1979, until his retirement at the end of 1992. Iacocca was a passionate advocate of U.S. business exports during the 1980s. He has authored or co-authored several books, including Iacocca: An Autobiography (with William Novak), and Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Portfolio named Iacocca the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time.

I have no idea what Grigor is alluding to here with the not flinching thing though.

I would not hesitate... (24.58)

Bobby: I understand what you're offering. But I cannot ask you to do it, at this time.

Grigor: If it were me and I were standing as naked as Paris Hilton and twice as fucked, I would not hesitate.

Bobby: I know you wouldn't.

Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981)  is an American media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model, singer, actress, fashion designer, and DJ. She is a great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with New York-based modeling development agency Trump Model Management. Her late-night persona made her a fixture of tabloid journalism, and Hilton was proclaimed "New York's leading It girl" in 2001. In 2003, a leaked 2001 sex tape with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, later released as 1 Night in Paris, catapulted her into global fame, and the reality television series The Simple Life, in which she starred with her socialite counterpart Nicole Richie, started its five-year run with 13 million viewers, on FOX.

PIc: © Glenn Francis,

PIc: © Glenn Francis,

His English is better.... (41.12)

Grigor: It's true, I am not the Sheik. But in some ways, I am. Our powers. Our reach, is similar.

Bobby: His English is better.

Grigor: Yeah, sure. He went to your schools. I had to pick it up watching the Happy Days and Mike Wallace. Though my favorite was Rollerball. The original.

and later…

Grigor: I do this for you as a favor for old times' sake. This is what I'm telling you.

Bobby: Thank you.

Grigor: No sweat, Fonzie.

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984 on ABC, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning eleven seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presented one of the most successful series of the 1970s, an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and starred Ron Howard as teenager Richie Cunningham, Henry Winkler as his friend Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli, and Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Richie's parents, Howard and Marion Cunningham. Happy Days became one of the biggest hits in television history and heavily influenced the television style of its time.

Myron Leon "MikeWallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his seven-decade career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.

Rollerball is a 1975 science fiction sports film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. It stars James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson. The screenplay, written by William Harrison, adapted his own short story, "Roller Ball Murder", which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire. Although Rollerball had an American cast, a Canadian director, and was released by the American company United Artists,[8]it was produced in London and Munich.

Here I come to save the day... (21.37)

Taylor: You've heard about my banking problems.

Grigor: Yes. And like your Mighty Mouse, Here I come to save the day.

Mighty Mouse is an American animated anthropomorphic, superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. The character first appeared in 1942 (originally named Super Mouse) and subsequently in 80 theatrical films between 1942 and 1961. These films appeared on American television from 1955 through 1967, Saturday mornings on the CBS television network. The character was twice revived, by Filmation Studios in 1979 and in 1987 by animation director Ralph Bakshi, who had worked at the Terrytoons studio during his early career. Mighty Mouse has also appeared in comics and other media.

The nastiest of the Bratva... (50.05)

Grigor: This is a course of action only the nastiest of the Bratva would take. It is also what I thought you might say, and do.

Russian organized crime or Russian mafia, sometimes referred to as Bratva (Russian: "brotherhood"), is a collective of various organized crime elements originating in the former Soviet Union. The acronym OPG is Organized Criminal (Prestupnaya in Russian) Group, used to refer to any of the Russian mafia groups, sometimes modified with a specific name, e.g. Orekhovskaya OPG. Sometimes the acronym is translated and OCG is used.

I admire him greatly... (51.00)

Taylor: Like the once great American Bob Ritchie said: "You can knock me down and watch me bleed. But you can't keep no chains on me."

Grigor: The Kid Rock. I admire him greatly.

Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, and actor. In a career spanning over 20 years, Kid Rock's music has encompassed rock, hip hop, and country. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist who can play every instrument in his backing band, Twisted Brown Trucker, Kid Rock has overseen his own production on nine of his eleven studio albums.

Kid Rock started his professional music career as a self-taught rapper and DJ, releasing his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast in 1990 on the major record label Jive; his subsequent independent releases The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp saw him developing a more distinctive style which was fully realized on his 1998 album Devil Without a Cause; this and his subsequent album Cocky were noted for blending elements of hip hop, country, rock and heavy metal. Starting with his 2010 album Born Free, the country music style has dominated Kid Rock's musical direction, and since 2007's Rock n Roll Jesus until 2017's Sweet Southern Sugar, Kid Rock has not recorded any rap-influenced tracks.

Ce n'est pas notre destin... (51.30)

Grigor: We would come back refreshed and with a whole new outlook on how we could work together.

Chuck: Yeah, sounds tempting. You and me, traveling the continents, the real world Lestat and Louis. Alas, uh Ce n'est pas notre destin.

Grigor: No?

Chuck: No.

Grigor: Depressing.

Chuck: Mm. A bit. Yes.

Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character appearing in several novels by Anne Rice, including The Vampire Lestat. He is a vampire who was the narrator and an antihero in the majority of The Vampire Chronicles. Louis de Pointe du Lac is a fictional character in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series. He begins his life as a mortal man and later becomes a vampire. He is the  protagonist who tells his story in Interview with the Vampire (the first book of The Vampire Chronicles). He also features in The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, Prince Lestat and Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.

Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac

Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac

More Chuck Wepner than Michael Spinks... (53.20)

Grigor: I, of course, picked up the scent of the Axelrod behind this.

As I did your recent attack on my systems. But you shouldn't consider this as an attack. Rhoades gave you a warning. He's letting you leave. That's a favor to me. And a favor to you. I hope you understand that.

Grigor: What I don't understand fits on a fucking Bazooka comic.

Bobby: Then here's one more thing for you to get your mind around. I can be scared. But I cannot be scared off.

Grigor: Sure. More, uh, Chuck Wepner than Michael Spinks. But they both lost in the end.

Bobby:Because they were underprepared and overmatched. I'm neither.

Grigor: That is what Mr. Spinks thought right up to 91st second of round one.

Bobby:Probably did. But he couldn't do what I can.

Grigor: And what is that? Move like Jagger?


Bazooka Joe is a comic strip character featured on small comics included inside individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. He wears a black eyepatch, lending him a distinctive appearance. He is one of the more recognizable American advertising characters of the 20th century, due to worldwide distribution, and one of the few identifiable ones associated with a candy. With sales of Bazooka bubble gum down, Bazooka Candy Brands announced in November 2012 that they will no longer include the comic strip in their packaging. The new wrapper will include brain teasers, instructions, and codes that can be used to unlock videos and video games. The company stated that Bazooka Joe and other characters will occasionally appear on the new packaging.

Charles Wepner (born February 26, 1939) is an American former professional boxer who fought as a heavyweight. As a world ranked contender he fell just seconds short of a full fifteen rounds with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight. Wepner also scored notable wins over Randy Neumann and former World Heavyweight Champion Ernie Terrell. Wepner's boxing career, his connection to the 1976 film Rocky, and other life events were chronicled in the 2016 film, Chuck.

Michael Spinks (born July 13, 1956) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1988. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nicknamed "Jinx", which spawned the nickname of his straight right hand, "The Spinks Jinx", Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight and light middleweight champion. After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion. After 10 successful title defenses, Spinks moved up to heavyweight, and as an underdog defeated long-reigning IBFheavyweight champion Larry Holmes; in doing so, Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight world champion to win the heavyweight title. In his final fight, Spinks was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds, the only defeat of his professional career.

Sir Michael Philip Jagger or Mick Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and film producer who gained worldwide fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over five decades, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll". His distinctive voice and energetic live performances, along with Keith Richards' guitar style have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band's career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.