Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, opens up in theaters today. Besides how attractive they both are, the movie has something to do with con men and con women conning each other out of money via what they call “cons”. Con men have been a part of Hollywood for a long time. While the new Hollywood con man is usually so smooth that he can con your panties off, there’s always those few that make you want to vomit. Here’s five of the sleaziest con men in movies.
5. Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street features more sleazy douchebags than a Jersey Shore nightclub, but standing on a mountain of cocaine, hookers, and penny stock receipts is Jordan Belfort, the scummiest bag of scum that ever scummed. He defrauded people out of millions, billions even and is the poster boy for Wall Street corruption. He’s the golden idol that the people that caused the economic collapse looked up to and he probably should be in jail for the rest of his life. But at least we got to see him flop around on the floor like a dying fish. That was awesome. (PS: here’s more Margot Robbie for you.)
4. Royal Tenenbaum – The Royal Tenenbaums
It takes a special sort of scumbag to try and use your family’s emotions to your own advantage, and that’s exactly what Royal O’Reilly Tenenbaum, patriarch of the Tenenbaum family, does. Royal isn’t above faking cancer in order to gain access to the family home and make everyone’s lives miserable years after they thought he was out of their hair. This is only the last in a long list of cons that his family had to suffer through because of him and anyone that puts their family through what he does deserves a mention.
3. Moses Pray – Paper Moon
Moses Pray is only slightly less sleazy than Ryan O’Neal, so he ranks pretty high on this list. Anyone that employs the aide of his or her own daughter ranks as especially unsavory and most of Moses’ plans feature Addie heavily. Plus, again, it’s Ryan O’Neal.
2. Biff Tannen – Back to the Future II
Second coat of wax, my ass.
Going beyond his shoddy work ethic, Biff goes back in time for a get-rich quick scheme that all of us that have seen Back to the Future II has wished for. The Sports Almanac is the Holy Grail of the quick score. All you need is a time machine built from a Delorean and history is your piggy bank. While everyone else is stuck in a time and a place, Biff has the past, present, and future to make the bucks. That’s why he’s such a sleazebag.
1. Tom Sawyer – Tom Sawyer (1973)
Painting this fence is not as fun as advertised.