Written by Mr. Mouseburger 9th Apr 2006
Kindly submitted by Kooshmeister
Eddie Black is a minor crime boss and rival of Robert G. Durant (q.v.). During the pre-title sequence, Black only serves to set up Durant as one dangerous character, who is not to be trifled with. Thanks to Skip smuggling a gun in his artificial leg into the meeting between the gangs, Durant catches Black by surprise and is able to decimate his rival's gang.
Black is the sole survivor of the resulting shootout, and is then seized by Rudy (q.v.) and Pauly (q.v.). Just before the shootout, Black had told Durant, "I got three things to say to you, Durant." What Black's three points were are irrelevant as Durant approaches his now helpless enemy with his cigar cutter. "Now, let's consider MY points, one by one," he says, taking Black's hand and sliding his index finger into the cigar cutter.
"One, I try not to let my anger get the better of me." Durant calmly slices off Black's finger (without any blood, oddly). To his credit, Black takes the pain rather well. Durant slides the cigar cutter over Black's middle finger. "Two, I don't always succeed." Slice! Black loses another finger. Now the cigar
cutter is placed over Black's ring finger as Durant coldly says, "And three... I've got seven more points." Understandably, Black starts screaming as we cut to the movie's opening titles.
I think i would reserve pulling that face for the cigar
cutter being placed over another appendage.......
We are never shown what becomes of Eddie Black, and it's possible that Durant did not actually kill him. But we learn later that Durant collects the fingers of people he and his gang kill, so it's entirely possible that Black is a goner.