Quote: “It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!”
If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends the performance from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness.
From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, each week will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work!”
Back in the day, all it took was this one scene to prove that True Romance was cooler than cool (was it via Barry Norman? Or Jonathan Ross? It doesn’t matter really). To this day, it’s still in the Top 5 Tarantino films and he didn’t even direct it.
Need proof? Read on. Here, we find Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) stop off at the residence of the dreadlocked pimp and bad-man wannabe, Drexl (Gary Oldman). The reason? Worley’s fallen in love with one of Drexl’s girls…
“I’m not eatin’ ’cause I’m not hungry. I’m not sittin’ ’cause I’m not stayin’. I’m not lookin’ at the movie ’cause I saw it seven years ago. It’s “The Mack” with Max Julien, Carol Speed, and Richard Pryor. I’m not scared of you. I just don’t like you.
In that envelope is some payoff money. Alabama’s moving on to some greener pastures. We’re not negotiatin’. I don’t like to barter. I don’t like to dicker. I never have fun in Tijuana. That price is non-negotiable. What’s in that envelope is for my peace of mind. My peace of mind is worth that much. Not one penny more, not one penny more.”
Oh, and it’s an empty envelope! Boom!
Which quotes would you dust off if you were negotiating with a pimp over a call girl? (You never know)! Tell us all about it in the comments below.