Seven movies Mayweather and McGregor should watch to up their trash talk game
A highlight/lowlight of the upcoming Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor boxing match on August 26 has been the incessant trash talk the two have engaged in at their public appearances.
Most of it is unprintable here but to say it could use some work would be an understatement - so here's seven movies we think this pair of potty-mouthed pugilists need to watch to up their trash talk game.
Surely foreshadowing his role 17 years later in Horrible Bosses, this gem stars Kevin Spacey as a caustic Hollywood producer who regularly lays waste to his new assistant's self-image.
"You are nothing! If you were in my toilet I wouldn't bother flushing it. My bathmat means more to me than you."
2. The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
Cher has always excelled at dressing down her opponents in movies, and this diatribe aimed at co-star Jack Nicholson is no exception.
"You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour and you smell. You're not even interesting enough to make me sick."
3. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
This trash talk from John Cleese as a French soldier gets extra points for originality.
"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food-trough wiper. I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
4. Three Amigos (1986)
Steve Martin can fire off putdowns with the best of them - even if his characters can't usually back up their bluster when things get real.
"You dirt-eating piece of slime, you scum-sucking pig, you son of a motherless goat!"
5. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
This British/American comedy is stacked full of insults, most of them courtesy of a foul-mouthed Kevin Kline. Jamie Lee Curtis gets her own back with devastating effect however.
"To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs."
6. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Another hilariously insult-laden comedy - the trick here was finding an example of trash talk clean enough for us to print in full. This zinger from David Koechner's sportscaster Champ Kind fits the bill nicely.
"I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again."
7. Rocky III (1982)
Finally - and fittingly - we end with a boxing movie. Mayweather and McGregor take note - if in doubt, keep it simple and to the point. Just ask Mr T.
"I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool."
So what's the best movie trash talk scene? Let us know in the comments.