10 More Best Movie Characters Who Only Appear In ONE Scene

9. Vincenzo Coccotti - True Romance

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With a script penned by Quentin Tarantino, it's little surprise that True Romance is jam-packed with savagely hilarious one-liners, yet there's a single scene in the film that just might rank as one of the finest ever written by the legendary filmmaker.

The scene is, of course, the mid-film arrival of Vincenzo "The Sicilian" Coccotti (Christopher Walken), a mob consigliere who pays a visit to Clarence Worley's (Christian Slater) father Clifford (Dennis Hopper) in order to learn his whereabouts.

From the first moments of the scene, Walken's Coccotti bleeds menace, introducing himself to Clifford and succinctly explaining that he won't abide any lies, boasting that Sicilians are the best liars in the world.

Refusing to give his son up and therefore knowing his goose is cooked, Clifford decides to deliver a brutally provocative riposte to Coccotti, explaining to the evidently racist Coccotti that Sicillians are spawned from Black people.

Coccotti grows increasingly frustrated over the course of the monologue, even while feigning laughter at Clifford's claim, before being pushed over the edge when Clifford calls him "part eggplant."

Coccotti then shoot Clifford dead and says with exasperation, "I haven't killed anybody since 1984." The entire scene is an acting masterclass by both Walken and Hopper, Walken delivering a full-bodied character inside of an incredibly tight 10-minute sequence, after which he's never seen again.

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