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Inspired by Nicholas Cage in ''Kiss of Death''

Acronyms help stars including Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, and Bruce Willis visualize their goals

For Nicolas Cage’s thoughtful mobster in Kiss of Death, B-A-D, the letters he uses to mark his territory, are more than bravado — they’re a self-help mantra. Cage’s asthmatic Little Junior wants to better himself, and as he earnestly explains to Jimmy Kilmartin, the wire-wearing ex-con played by David Caruso, B-A-D boils down his program: ”Balls. Attitude. Direction.” Then Little Junior offers this advice: ”You should get yourself an acronym. It helps you visualize your goals.” What a good idea.

We can see it all now:
David Caruso: B-I-G. Bochco Isn’t God.
Meg Ryan: L-E-G. Liberte. Egalite. Giggles.
Jean-Claude Van Damme: B-O-D. Brawn Over Diction.
Sharon Stone: I-C-E. Instill Crotch Envy.
Sandra Bullock: G-U-M. Girlish. Unpretentious. Millionairess.
Hugh Grant: T-E-A. Timing. Elocution. Apo-p-p-plexy.
Drew Barrymore: P-U-P. Piercing. Uhhhh…. Piercing.
Demi Moore: M-O-M. Made of Moolah.
Bruce Willis: D-A-D. Demi. Attitude. Direction.

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