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Why didn't Tony just quit drug dealing after he was up a couple million dollars?


He could have just taken a couple million and quit the game and hid in some other country or dumped his cocaine and illegal stuff.

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That’s funny

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Tony had a huge ego that would never allow him to walk away from that lifestyle.

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That's right. And besides, all that coke he did got the best of him!

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All that caine he did got the best if me too.

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A lot of us "normal folk" ask ourselves questions like that about people like Tony Montana or Gordon Gekko or Mark Cuban

I think the reason we can't relate is that we literally aren't the kind of people who build those kinds of fortunes (and of course many of them are fictional)

I suspect, very strongly, that none of them are doing it just for the money. The process is what they love; the money is just how they keep score.

Tony wanted to grow, become powerful and "own the world." Nothing would ever be "enough" for him, or any of those types.


Embarrassingly, it was Dr. Phil who reminded me of this - in a podcast, he admitted he got into the TV business with an eye towards retirement once he got his "fuck you" money (his words, not mine), say enough for a private jet. He passed that number a long time ago, and now admits he does it because he loves the work, such as it is.

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He was a power hungry nutcase.

There’s also another take - Oliver Stone, the writer, has always been something of an anti-American Commie and wanted to show the ugly side of the American Dream, where Tony gets it all in a material sense but finds himself totally empty and annihilates himself and anyone in his life.

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Poor man wants to be rich.
Rich man wants to be King.
King isn't happy until he rules everything.

Tony didn't do this just to become wealthy. He also wants to be a feared drug kingpin. He loves it when he walks into a bar, club or restaurant and everyone there is scared to death.

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push it to the limit! past the point of no return!! once u get into that game that deep there is no more getting out of it, money is the most addicting drug (maybe behind women)

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