Yesterday New York‘s “Vulture” column quoted Grub Street’s Josh Ozersky as saying that Daniel Day Lewis‘s “I drink your milkshake!” line from There Will Be Blood (i.e., spoken in the final bowling-alley scene) “will soon enter the pop-culture catchphrase lexicon, nestling alongside such former lazy-writer tropes as ‘I see dead people,’ ‘Say hello to my little friend,’ ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in’ and all the rest.”
Photo stolen from “Vulture” page — photo illustration credit given to iStockphoto, courtesy of Paramount Vantage
I would say it’s already part of the pantheon, but if you listen closely to this mp3 file you’ll recall that the key flourish in Lewis’s reading of the line is straight out of the Anthony Hopkins hymnbook and is in fact lifted from The Silence of the Lambs. I’m referring to the sucking sound that Lewis makes (“vfff-vfff-vff-vfff!!”) which is the exact same one that Hopkins makes after saying “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Listen to it again.