“If this gets into the press, I will know it came from you…and I will rain down on you so hard, you’ll have to be reassembled by fucking aircraft investigators. You breathe a word of this to anyone, you mincing fucking [expletive], and I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother’s birthday party and I will rub your nuts up and down her leg…right?”
Peter Capaldi‘s Malcolm Tucker says this in response to a not-entirely-trusted team member who has accused Tucker’s assistant of being a leaker himself with the following rant: “I could draw you a diagram if you like…it’s like a fucking swine flu pandemic…you’re like the man who fucked the monkey who gave us AIDS…monkey shit on your balls, not mine.”
All of which reminds me that “the crowd” (as in King Vidor) never went along with my ardent suggestions that Capaldi be considered as a stone-cold nominee for Best Supporting Actor for his In The Loop ranting. (Not even the fair-minded Scott Feinberg went along with this.) Because, you know, In The Loop is essentially an Armando Ianucci British TV series made into a feature and because Capaldi’s performance is all about profane tirades and it’s hard to understand everything he says because of his Scottish accent and because Loop didn’t make enough money and so on. Right?
But people will be talking about Capaldi’s Malcom in pubs, columns and industry parties for years to come while whomever finally wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year….well, I’m sure he’ll be remembered.