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Coffee’s Hollywood Appearances

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If there is one thing we know for sure, we need our coffee every morning. Just the smell of freshly roasted beans alone is enough to get us—and, we’re assuming, most of you—out of bed in the morning. It’s so important in many of our lives, even though we may secretly celebrate it every morning by the espresso machine, there is a holiday of sorts deemed International Coffee Day (October 1 or September 29.)

However, we aren’t the only ones who rely on a morning brew to have a great start to our days. In the land of Hollywood glitz and glamor, celebrities are just like us (well, in this sense) in that they need their beloved mugs of the black stuff. Here are five celebrity quotes that sum up just how much they, too, rely on their coffee.

  1. “Coffee is a gift from the heavens.” – Karlie Kloss
  1. “I gave up coffee. It’s almost worse than giving up a lover.” – Sandra Bullock
  1. “Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” – David Lynch
  1. “If it wasn’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” – David Letterman
  1. “Look, I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. I don’t starve myself in an extremist way. You’re not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I’d be devastated.” – Jennifer Aniston

Not only is coffee the center of these celebs’ world (and ours) but the “gift from the gods” has made its way into pivotal and memorable film scenes. From sipping coffee, coffee shops, tantrums about coffee, and everything in between, these are just six Hollywood films that include coffee in some of their most iconic scenes, because we just can’t imagine our lives caffeine-free, nor do we want our movies to be, either.

So, next time you pour yourself a steaming cup of joe, put on some of these classic films and blockbusters that have some of the best coffee, coffee houses, and all-things-coffee-related scenes of all time.

  • Pulp Fiction – 1994

Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic has many iconic scenes, but, for the coffee-lover in us all, we can’t ignore the scene about Jimmie’s gourmet coffee. After hit men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) drop a dead body off at Jimmie’s (played by Tarantino) the characters calmly sip their coffees, note how delicious Jimmie’s coffee is, and altogether ignore the severity of their situation. Although the opening scene of the film does take place in a diner, this comedic opportunity is what makes it iconic.

  • Zoolander – 2001

Whether you think Zoolander is hilarious or plain ridiculous, we couldn’t leave this scene off the list. Mugatu’s (Will Ferrell) assistant hands him his morning coffee and, after taking a sip, Ferrell immediately spits out the drink and berates him for the foamy latte. The scene is a little weird and a lot of awkward, but it goes to show just how important our coffee is to us.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961

Ah, the timeless classic. Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a character who has the chicest of mornings. Her dark hair is piled high, adorned with a crown, and she wears strings of pearls around her neck to accompany her floor-length black dress. As she peers into the window display of Tiffany’s, she munches on a pastry and sips coffee from a paper cup. It couldn’t get any better than this opening scene. Très chic, indeed!

  • Thor – 2011

Upon the alien god-superhero, played by Chris Hemsworth, Thor’s first experience at a roadside diner, he is introduced to the earthy drink that is coffee.  After downing the mug for the first time he exclaims, “This drink: I like it!” and then smashes the mug to the ground. We completely understand his love for the delicious drink, although we usually just demonstrate that by pouring ourselves another mug.

  • Role Models – 2008

Funnyman Paul Rudd takes shots at big coffee chains that insist on naming the sizes of our coffee names other than “small” “medium” and “large.” When he walks up to the counter and orders a large black coffee, the barista is confused and quickly corrects him that a “venti” is a “large.”  Rudd then snaps that venti actually means 20 and tells her “large is large.” This is a humorous scene that describes the modern day experience in a coffee shop.

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