Samuel L. Jackson disputes a study that claims The Wolf of Wall Street star Jonah Hill holds the record for uttering the most profanity in movie history. Jackson is set to receive an honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement later this year at the 2022 Governor Awards.
Jackson, of course, has been nominated for a proper acting Oscar only once in his career, earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Pulp Fiction but ultimately losing to Martin Landau for Ed Wood .
Since that pulp fiction snub, Jackson has obviously had an iconic career, thanks in part to his particular talent for delivering a bunch of swear words on screen
was due to Jackson famous reading of the line ” I’m sick of these goddamn snakes on this goddamn plane. Instead of shying away from his reputation for swearing a lot in movies, Jackson has accepted the distinction of being the most prolific swearer in movie history.
However, it seems this distinction may not belong to Jackson either, according to a 2020 study by buzz bingo claimed Superbad Hill actually holds the record with 376 curses uttered to Jackson 301, with Leonardo DiCaprio also beating Jackson. with 361 curses.
In fact, the subject of this somewhat controversial movie curse record came up when Jackson appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new Apple TV+ miniseries The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey .
Suffice it to say, Jackson doesn’t think Hill has cussed more than he has in movie history, proclaiming ” That some bull—t ” when briefed by the Buzz Bingo studio (via Complex ). Jackson continued to hit the studio, saying, ” Jonah Hill. Really? And then Leon. Jonah Hill, then Leo. I don’t think so. Someone has miscounted .”
These huge curse numbers for Hill and DiCaprio were, of course, greatly inflated due to their performances in Martin Scorsese. The Wolf of Wall Street , where its characters uttered f-bombs left and right.
In fact, Hill in 2020 called out Scorsese for helping him wrest the all-time curse record from Jackson, saying on Instagram, ” So many people to thank. Martin Scorsese, thanks for pushing me to the limit. And of course the great Samuel L. Jackson. humiliated .”
Of course, while Hill may, according to this study, technically hold the record for most swear words spoken on screen, no actor is better known for his ability to deliver memorable swear words than Jackson.
The Wolf of Wall Street may have included the sheer volume of f-bombs needed to push Hill to the top, but when it comes to cursing, quality is arguably more important than quantity.