NSFW: The Top 5 Scorsese Film Insults
Though Martin Scorsese has one of the most successful careers in Hollywood history and has directed some of the greatest films ever made, his entire body of work is united by a few distinct characteristics that seem present in everything. The first is that someone is going to have an obnoxiously off-putting Northeastern accent, be it Bronx or Boston, but just as important is that every one of his films is rife with a hell ton of cursing and creative insults, some that are truly gut punching and others that are just plain…odd. In honor of his 72nd birthday, we’ve come up with our Top 5 Favorite Scorsese Movie Insults; a list that we’re going to go ahead and warn you is NSFW. For anyone being bullied or prone to being taken advantage of, we strongly suggest you take notes.
5. Taxi Driver–Travis Bickle vs. The World
Robert DeNiro brings to life one of the most frighteningly iconic characters in cinema with his portrayal of Travis Bickle, a disturbed young man who takes up a career in, you guessed it, taxi driving. While not as humorous as some of the other entries on this list, he packs one hell of a punch with this insult, delivered in a soliloquy condemning the entirety of the human race. “I think someone should just take this city and just…just flush it down the fuckin’ toilet.” It’s short, sweet, and to the point, but boy does it pack a punch.
4. Raging Bull–Joey LaMotta vs. Telephone
In the boxing epic that is oft considered Scorsese’s masterpiece, there is a great deal of language thrown around, which comes as no surprise when depicting men arguing with other men over their physical fitness. But the most memorable (verbal) takedown in the film came when our hero Jake LaMotta’s (Robert DeNiro) brother Joey (Joe Pesci) gets all heated up during a phone call in which he can’t identify the caller. It is a testament to the unbridled rage that is constantly brimming beneath the character’s surface as he answers with this unexpected laugh out loud moment: “Who is this? Sal, is that you? I can hear you breathing you fuck. You listening? Your mother sucks fucking big fucking elephant dicks, you got that?”
3. The Wolf of Wall Street–Donnie Azoff vs. Brad
Though it is the most recent film under Scorsese’s belt, this sprawling epic dedicated to Leonardo DiCaprio yelling and making his dialect coach proud actually holds the record for more swear words than any other in the director’s filmography. It’s thanks in large part to the character of Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) who manages to redefine the word ‘crass.’ In a tirade against his peer at the office, Brad, Donnie lets slip an elaborately constructed insult: “Oh my God, the emperor of Fucksville came down from Fucksville to give me a pass! Hey, what are the citizens of Fucksville doing today when their emperor’s gone? Is it, is it mayhem? Are people lauding and raping? What are all the little fuckheads doing while you’re here?” Needless to say, Brad shut up real quick.
2. Goodfellas–Tommy DeVito vs. Henry Hill
Joe Pesci very deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, a veritable psychopath who takes a whole lot of pleasure in the grisly work provided by the mob. But what really won him over in our hearts was the man’s gift of gab, hurling out takedowns and insults faster than a spray of bullets from his mafia-provided arsenal. While not as succinct as some of the one liners featured in the film, there is only one insult to highlight when referencing the film, as it has become almost as famous as the film itself: “Funny how? What’s funny about it? Funny how? Let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin amuse you? How do I know? How the fuck am I funny? TELL ME!”
1. The Departed–Sgt. Dignam vs. Every Other Character
The Departed is a pretty heavy movie; three hours long with lots of cop vs. mob intrigue and a confusing narrative makes for a lengthy watching experience. But the film is constantly brought back down to Earth by Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Dignam, one of the most foul mouthed creations in cinema in recent memory. It was nigh impossible to pick just one of his slew of insults, but we’ve whittled through his scenes to settle on one that encapsulates him entirely: “That wasn’t a joke. Just because you play a tough guy, doesn’t mean you are one you lace-curtain, Irish fucking pussy!” Ouch. Only Marky Mark could use an adjective like lace-curtain to hurt our feelings so badly!