Powers Boothe died on Sunday at the age of 67, capping a life full of glowering B-movie greatness. His peak is either a.) taking a full minute to die in a helicopter crash in Sudden Death, or b.) saying “SEX IS ETERNAL” to Maria Conchita Alonso for no apparent reason during his closing showdown monologue in the 1987 action film Extreme Prejudice.
Extreme Prejudice is a legendary B-movie for a few reasons. Powers Boothe is in it, and plays a degenerate drug runner in a white suit; It follows the action movie naming convention of [dangerous adjective] plus [dangerous or weighty noun] = title; Powers Boothe crushes a live scorpion in his hand, and interrupts that final monologue to yell at a woman about how she’s not appreciating his fine monologue.
That’s all amazing, but then there’s the extremely B-movie alpha male cast:
- Powers Boothe, natch
- Nick Nolte
- Michael Ironside
- Maria Conchita Alonso
- William Forsythe
- RIP TORN
RIP TORN, per AP Stylebook, has to appear in all caps because: RIP TORN. When you get so drunk you break into a bank because you think it’s your house, you can get ALL CAPS treatment as a style rule, too.
Powers Boothe was also from Texas—Snyder, Texas, way up in the super-Texas part of Texas you might as well call Texas Plus. So of course he played football, a game that taught him a very valuable lesson: Never trust referees, because life is unfair and the officials are incompetent.
We were ahead until the last play of the game, when Lamesa’s quarterback threw a pass all the way down the field. The receiver caught it, and as he ran for the end zone, I grabbed his legs and tackled him at the seven-yard line. But then he crawled into the end zone, and the referee called a touchdown! There was a brawl, and like everyone else I was outraged. It was one of the first times in my life that I realized the world isn’t necessarily as fair as it’s supposed to be.
That’s Powers Boothe just siphoning out the essential wisdom of football, right there: I thought it was okay, then someone cheated, afterwards there was a brawl, and in the end everyone agreed it was unfair and bad, and that we’d do it all again the next week.