I relate to you, Ralph. When I hit bottom, I was crushing man’s skull like sparrow’s egg between my thighs. And I ask myself, "Why must you be such bad guy, Zangief? Why can't you be more like good guy?" Then I have moment of clarity: If Zangief is good guy, who will crush man’s skull like sparrow’s egg between thighs? And I say, "Zangief, you are bad guy. But this does not mean you are bad guy
I work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There's not a lot of money in revenge.
Selling guns is like selling vacuum cleaners: you make calls, pound the pavement, take orders. I was an equal-opportunity merchant of death
; I supplied to every army but the Salvation Army. I sold Israeli-made Uzis to Muslims; I delivered Communist-made bullets to fascists; I even shipped cargo to Afghanistan while they were fighting my fellow Soviets. I never sold to Osama bin Laden, not on any moral grounds; back then, he was always bouncing cheques.
I realized they were stronger than we. Because they could stand that these were not
monsters. These were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love. But they had the strength—the strength
—to do that
. If I had 10 divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral, and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling.
Vait! I am just a profezzional doing a job! Bond:
Me, too. (plugs him)
I'm a soldier, not a monster. Even though sometimes I work for monsters.
At the same time as trying to lead a good life, I have to reconcile myself with the fact that, yes, I have killed people. Not many people. Most of them were not very nice
Down there are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any iniquity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathesomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no.
Lots of people in history have only done their jobs, and look at the trouble they
I am not the enemy. To be the enemy, I must have some personal stake in what happens to you. I'm not interested in that at all. I'm here to do a job, nothing more. You are a name, a file, and a case number. That is all. I have no desire to inflict pain but I will do so, when and as it is required.
Look, I was told to walk in a certain pattern, over and over, until something interesting happens! (Beat
) WELL I DON'T SEE YOU GETTING A JOB!
I'm not a "crazed gunman", Dad
, I'm an assassin! ....Well the "difference" being, one is a job, and the other's a mental sickness!
: Don’t lie to me! Umbrella is the reason why this whole mess began! Carlos Oliviera
: Look, we’re just mercenaries. Hired hands. You really think the master would tell his dog why he has to retrieve the stick he just threw? If you want answers, you should talk to someone else.
: You again?! Silver Sable
: Down, boy, my contract with Trask expired 10 minutes ago.
Gentlemen, we live in brutal times. Last week, to make ends meet, I was reduced to hijacking a tractor trailer full of sports cars. Captain Cold:
That is so beneath you. At least knock over a bank! Trickster:
Gotta visualise! Captain Cold:
"Visualise"? What the heck does that mean? If I don't "visualise" a mortgage payment soon, the wife will have me bagging groceries for a living!
As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only doing their duty, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life.
I was never an anti-Semite. ... I personally had nothing to do with this. My job was to observe and report on it.
When in the summer of 1941 he [Hitler
] gave me the order to prepare installations at Auschwitz where mass exterminations could take place, and personally to carry out these exterminations, I did not have the slightest idea of their scale or consequences. It was certainly an extraordinary and monstrous order. Nevertheless the reasons behind the extermination programme seemed to me right. I did not reflect on it at the time: I had been given an order, and I had to carry it out. Whether this mass extermination of the Jews was necessary or not was something on which I could not allow myself to form an opinion, for I lacked the necessary breadth of view.
—Rudolf Höss, Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp
They’ve got to survive, a job to do, it’s every day inch by inch, little compromises, little ways of telling yourself this is how you should lead your life and suddenly then these things can happen. I mean, I could make a judgement myself privately, this is a terrible, evil, horrific man.
But the job was to portray the man, the human being. There’s a sort of banality, that everydayness, that I think was important... 'You don’t understand how hard it is
, I have to order so many metres of barbed wire and so many fencing posts and I have to get so many people from A to B.' And, you know, he’s sort of letting off steam about the difficulties of the job.
If you meet a doctor who cannot look at blood, pus or open wounds, he is in the wrong profession. If you meet a lawyer who doesn't like criminals or dictators, it's the same thing.
—Jacques 'Brilliant Bastard' Vergès
, Esq., interview with Der Spiegel
I like Red Pyramid. He's cool. He's just a guy with a job.
in particular, I think, have been an underexplored area, and I've always taken the view that many of them are honorable professionals who end up being evil in the movies mainly because their leadership is corrupt, from Palpatine on down.