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In John Carpenter's They Live we hear the famous line

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all outta bubble gum.

It obviously made it into the general vernacular, but was it ad-libbed by Mr. Piper as some suggest, or did it originate elsewhere?

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    I'm here to kick ass and take names. And I'm all out of... names. – MackTuesday Dec 22 '15 at 21:01
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    Interesting. I didn't know that this was older than its use Duke Nukem. – CodesInChaos Dec 22 '15 at 21:30
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When asked this directly, Roddy Piper said that he ad-libbed it.

From an interview:

Onda: Did you really ad-lib that line?

Piper: Yeah. I couldn’t tell you what it really means either. It was one of those – “Roddy, you’ve got bullets on you, you’ve got a shotgun, you’ve got sunglasses, you go into a bank, you’re not gonna rob it, say something … action!” I’m all out of bubblegum. Lunch! That was it. No more than that. I know, it’s crazy.

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    Nice! Thx, one of my absolute favorites, ranks right up there with I'll be back – Athena Widget Dec 22 '15 at 14:56
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Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) 15 years before They Live (1988).

Not saying this is the original, or that piper actually had a line. All I'm saying is that this was a saying before They Live.

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