There's a lot of swearing in movies and, these days, just as much swearing on TV. The use of curse words requires the deft touch of an artist to bring life, humor, and intelligence to words that many consider base and vulgar. Actors who are good at swearing - like Samuel L. Jackson and Philip Seymour Hoffman - are treasures. The best swearing onscreen need not be from comedic actors, although those who understand verbal humor do tend to shine in this arena, but does require a sincere lack of inhibition. Characters who swear a lot are a delightful acting challenge.
There's something quite cathartic about swearing, and it can just as easily break the tension of a scene as it can build it. Of course, a pointed censorship of cursing is also a hilarious tactic, especially when it's unnecessary. There are only so many people who can pull off swearing, no matter the role, and here we celebrate their foul-mouthed achievements. Here are a bunch of actors who really know their sh*t when it comes to dropping f-bombs.
Best Swearing Role: Samuel L. Jackson is famous for his salty language, which actually predates Pulp Fiction, but the Tarantino flick often gets credit for cementing his place in the f-bomb hall of fame. Of course, one of his most famous lines comes from Snakes on a Plane, the (in)famous, "I have had it with these motherf*ckin' snakes on this motherf*ckin' plane!"
Honorable Mentions: Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Kingsman: The Secret Service
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Best Swearing Role: The Big Lebowski is chock full of curse words, and John Goodman as Walter Sobchak does his part to keep the colorful language flowing. When he brings his ex-wife's dog to the bowling alley he explains why it was necessary, saying, "This is a f*cking showdog with f*cking papers. You can't board it, it gets upset."
Honorable Mentions: Flight, The Hangover Part III
Best Swearing Role: McCarthy stands out in nearly every role she plays, but when she gets to show off some colorful language, she really shines. She has a very small part in This Is 40, but manages to steal the scene (and the outtakes in the credits) by swearing up a storm in a principal's office as the mother of a student. Some choice bits include, "Sorry f*ckin' Music Man. Maybe if I looked more like this fake bullsh*t couple... they look like a bullsh*t bank commercial couple... This is what happens when you corner a rat. You corner me, I will f*ckin' chew through you."
Honorable Mentions: Bridesmaids, Tammy, The Heat, The Boss
Best Swearing Role: As Hit-Girl in the Kick-Ass movies, Moretz offered audiences shock and awesomeness. This is especially true in the first film where, at just 12 years old, she drops lines like, "Okay you c*nts, let’s see what you can do now.” While this trend continued into the sequel, it was slightly less impactful as she was 15, but the fact that she had a swear jar was pretty kick-ass.
Honorable Mention: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Dark Shadows