28. Blake (Alec Baldwin)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
“You hear me, you fucking faggots?” sneers sales hotshot Blake at the cowering estate agents he’s been sent to light a fire under.
Pacing the office like a menacing hyena facing a whimpering bundle of newborn lions, and grinding the salesmen’s noses in their pathetic loserdom, the over-testosteroned bully issues an ultimatum: a new sales incentive will dole out the prizes.
Winner gets a Cadillac, the runner-up some steak knives. “Third prize is... you’re fired.”
Prime Act Of Bastardy: When Shelly Levene (Jack Lemmon) gets up to refill his mug, Blake barks a don’t-fuck-with-me order at the sad-sack salesman... “Put! That coffee! Down! Coffee’s for closers only!”
27. Mortimer & Randolph Duke (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy)
Trading Places (1983)
Two bastards for the price of one. Playing God with other people’s existences is bad enough (turning a rich guy into a poor one, and vice versa), but doing it just for a dollar bet is rubbing the annual produce of a salt mine in the gaping wound.
Prime Act Of Bastardy: After making Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy) into a successful businessman, the incredibly rich brothers settle their bet and wonder whether or not to keep him on. They decide not:
“Do you honestly believe I’d have a nigger run our family business?” Randolph asks his brother. “No, neither would I,” replies Mortimer.
26. Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand)
Jean De Florette (1986)
You’ll struggle to find a more damning distillation of human greed than this crusty Gallic swine. Don’t be fooled by the Stella Artois soundtrack. He’s a proper bar-steward.
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Refusing to loan Jean (Gerard Depardieu) his mule when the drought hits, Soubeyran condemns the hunchback to weeks of futile toil that destroys his land, his hope and, finally, his life. It’s murder by proxy.
25. Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson)
The Tall Guy (1989)
“There’s no more fun to be derived playing a complete shit,” admits Rowan Atkinson. And fun Rowan has – as Anderson, he excels at tormenting hapless straight man Dexter (Jeff Goldblum).
Prime Act Of Bastardy: Seeing Dexter’s having a bad day, Ron asks him if something’s troubling him. Dexter admits there is...
“Then for fuck’s sake talk to someone about it, will you?” sneers Anderson. “And sort it out before I hire a lobotomised monkey to play your role.”