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!”
Sometimes, Hot Fuzz is all you need. So, just on the off chance that it’s not actually on ITV2 as we speak…here’s a slice of fried gold from the Classico of the Cornetto Trilogy. It’s for the greater good.
Nicholas Angel: I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a police officer… apart from the summer of 1979 when I wanted to be Kermit the Frog. It all started with my Uncle Derek. He was a Sergeant in the Met. He bought me a police pedal car when I was five. I rode around in it every second I was awake – arresting kids twice my size for littering and spitting. I got beaten up a lot when I was young, but it didn’t stop me. I wanted to be like Uncle Derek.
Danny Butterman: He sounds like a good bloke.
Angel: Actually, he was arrested for selling drugs to students.
Butterman: What a cunt…
Angel: Probably bought the pedal car with the proceeds. Needless to say, I never went near it again. I just let it rust. But I never lost the profound sense of right and wrong I felt at the wheel of that pedal car. I had to prove to myself that the Law could be proper and righteous and for the good of humankind. It was from that moment that I was destined to be a police officer.
Angel: How so?
Butterman: I think you would have made a great Muppet
Which quote makes you want to drop the C-Bomb and The Muppets in the same breath? Let us know in the comments below.