“Listen to me very carefully. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that I do it. You understand?” (Ace Rothstein in Casino, 1995)
Say it… When you’re introduced to the new work experience kid at work. Shake his hand firmly, then pull him close to whisper this in his ear. That’s a guaranteed fortnight of well-made tea rounds, right there.
“You wanna fuck with me? OK. You wanna play rough? OK. Say hello to my little friend!” (Tony Montana in Scarface, 1983)
Say it… When you quit your job, just before you slam down a letter of resignation. You’ll go down in history as a total badass and have companies from around the world ringing to offer you six-figure salaries. Serious.
“CAN YOU DIG IT?!” (Cyrus in The Warriors, 1979)
Say it… At the end of every single meeting from now until the end of time.
“One of us had to die. With me, it tends to be the other guy.” (Frank Costello in The Departed, 2006)
Say it… If the interview process for your dream job has become a two-horse race between you and some other guy, and the interviewer asks, “is there anything else you’d like to add?”
“Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.” (Furious Styles in Boyz N the Hood, 1991)
Say it… When anyone in your life acts all mouth and no trousers, and doesn’t come up with the goods when they’ve assured you they could.
“You couldn't run an egg and spoon race, Eric.” (Jack Carter in Get Carter, 1971)
Say it… When someone tries to tell you how to do your job. Or before the annual Office Sports Day.
“All right, Popeye’s here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall!” (Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection, 1971)
Say it… Every time you walk into work and come up against the grumpy, tired faces of your colleagues. It’ll perk them up/scare them into doing some work in no time.
“I swear to my fucking mother, if you touch her again, YOU’RE DEAD!” (Henry Hill in Goodfellas, 1990)
Say it… When goddamn Ian from Accounts sits in your desk chair while you’re out for lunch, and ruins three months of height, armrest and back support adjustments AGAIN.
“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” (Clemenza in The Godfather, 1972)
Say it… When someone mistakes your pasta salad lunch for theirs in the office fridge, and furiously refuses to back down even though you know, you just know, they ate theirs at 11am.
Craft beer drinker, Devonian, fisherman and former content director of Coach online, Chris contributed style coverage and features between 2016 and 2019.
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