With Horrible Bosses 2 now in cinemas, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look at the real horrible bosses in film. Not just the ones played for laughs, but those real hard-ass bosses who make you wish you had never been born, let alone apply for the worthless job you’re in.
Take a look inside as I show you the worst horrible bosses in film.
6. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?”
Miranda Priestly is the kind of boss who makes you immediately want to turn back around, leave the office and go back to your comfortable job serving customers at Starbucks. She doesn’t shout or look physically imposing, but her quietly threatening voice and earnest put downs will leave you wondering why you ever applied for the job.
5. Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), Tropic Thunder
“No, dickhead. Of course I could. A nutless monkey could do your job. Now, go get drunk and take credit at all the parties.”
Les Grossman is an absolute motherfucker. Grossman would take down a terrorist organisation singlehandedly to get what he wants, and he proves time and again that you really do not want to cross this guy, ever.
4. Frank Cross (Bill Murray), Scrooged
“You’ve got a promo featuring America’s favorite old fart reading a book in front of a fireplace! Now I have to kill all of you!”
Bill Murray, man of the people, funny and an all round likeable guy, right? Well not here, not in Scrooged. Frank Cross is the type of boss nobody wants. He’s mean, he’s brutal and he has no problem firing employee’s on Christmas Eve. Bastard.
3. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
“I’m the hand up Mona Lisa’s skirt. I’m a surprise, Kevin. They don’t see me coming: that’s what you’re missing.”
Quite literally the devil in disguise. John Milton eats people like you and me for breakfast. He takes you by surprise, making you believe he’s on your side and that he only wants the best for you, then BAM, he wants you to conceive the anti-christ with your half-sister! Talk about workplace bullying.
2. Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey), Swimming With Sharks
“You are nothing! If you were in my toilet I wouldn’t bother flushing it. My bathmat means more to me than you!”
Buddy Ackerman is kind of like Ari Gold from Entourage. Only where Ari had some good traits and was darkly funny, Ackerman is simply one mean son of a bitch. Ackerman deals in facts and harsh realities and knows that life isn’t all roses and sunshine, and will not hesitate in making you feel like a worthless sack of shit.
1. Blake (Alec Baldwin), Glengarry Glen Ross
“ Your name is “you’re wanting”, and you can’t play the man’s game, you can’t close them, and then tell your wife your troubles. ‘Cause only one thing counts in this world: get them to sign on the line which is dotted. You hear me you fuckin’ faggots?”
What’s great about Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Blake, is that he only appears for one scene early on the film. But his tirade of abuse, which is somehow meant to inspire four unfortunate salesmen, is one of the most foul-mouthed and threatening cameos you will ever come across in film. Just remember, Always Be Closing!!