6. “Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”
Courtesy of: John Creasy (Denzel Washington) in Man On Fire (2004)
The majority of Denzel Washington fans love the guy for movies such as Malcolm X, The Hurricane, and Training Day—his more awards-friendly cinematic offerings. But, while those films are all magnificent, we’re often times more partial to the Tony Scott-directed Man On Fire, in which Washington kills it as a no-nonsense, depressed former CIA op tasked with protecting a nine-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) from a Mexican drug cartel.
Washington’s meditative, deep-thinking character, John Creasy, speaks in the kind of lofty, eloquently worded dialogue that could only be heard in a movie written by a talented screenwriter. So, instead of saying, “I’m going to kill those despicable fuckers,” he phrases such a damning statement in the much more profound, “Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”
The only way the monologue could sound any tougher would be if Creasy followed that up with, “And once my gun finishes its sermon, I’m going to leave them holier than thou.” We’re available for script rewrites, Hollywood.