Why is it that when CLIVE OWEN tells someone to go get f*cked, you kind of sense he means it? This guy can pack a punch with his lines like no one else, delivering harsh cusses with a cruel bluntness and steely-eye that would have innocent bystanders fumbling backwards for the door.
Whether it’s that British ‘don’t fuck with me’ accent, that roughened handsomeness or just his unsettling sense of command, the raw quality of this actor makes Owen the PERFECT cast for any feisty, impassioned role. Take ‘Larry’, for example – in MIKE NICHOL’s Closer. The ingredients are all there. You’ve got Clive playing the brutally honest, arrogant doctor, Larry, thrown in to the mix with JULIA ROBERTS who plays Anna, his adulterous, photographer wife who’s been cheating on him for months. Feed him some razor-sharp PATRICK MARBER lines, add a spark of on-screen chemistry, and there you have it; cinematic magic is made.
The dialogue is awesome in this film. Fast-paced, stinging emotional blows volley back and forth between characters who, for much of the time we can’t decide whether to sympathise with or despise. It’s pleasure-pain viewing at its best… then, out of nowhere comes a line that smacks you right in the gut. Or rather that would be Anna’s – as she’s the one who mainly gets it.
Here are my top 5 favourite CLIVE OWEN cusses from Closer. Hope you don’t mind the odd F-word.
Anna: We do everything that people who have sex do!
Larry: Do you enjoy sucking him off?
Larry: You like his cock?
Anna: I love it!
Larry: You like him coming in your face?
Larry: What does it taste like?
Anna: It tastes like you but sweeter!
Larry: That’s the spirit. Thank you. Thank you for your honesty. Now fuck off and die, you fucked up slag.
Larry: Why didn’t you just tell me the second I walked through the door?
Anna: I was scared.
Larry: You’re a coward, you spoiled bitch.
Larry: Is he a good fuck?
Anna: Don’t do this.
Larry: Just answer the question! Is he good?
Larry: Better than me?
Larry: What does that mean?
Anna: You know what it means.
Larry: Tell me!
Larry: I treat you like a whore?
Larry: Why would that be?
Anna: I’m sorry you’re…
Larry: Don’t say it! Don’t you fucking say you’re too good for me. I am, but don’t say it.
Larry: You’re seeing him now? Since when?
Anna: Since my opening last year.
Anna: I’m disgusting.
Larry: You’re phenomenal. You’re so clever.
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Want more great cusses? Check out Mark Wahlberg’s Dignam and his Best Quotes from The Departed.