Because of all the election frou-frouing, I recently decided it was high time to see one of the greatest political dramas in American cinematic history: All the President’s Men. It was terrific, and I felt pretty embarrassed that as a former journalism student, I’d never seen it before. But what really got my attention was the scene where we meet Deep Throat in an underground parking lot (watch one of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford)’s encounters with DT below). All I could think was, “It’s Cigarette Smoking Man from The X Files!”
Have you ever watched a classic movie or TV show and realized that a scene or character had been repurposed, riffed on, or just plain ripped off by something more familiar to you? And maybe made you feel a little foolish for not knowing the original reference point? Spill the beans below!