Seinfeld: 10 best quotes from Frank Costanza
Seinfeld not only had some of the best writings on television at the time, but also some of the best actors in comics. Choosing a few great character actors in recurring small roles helped make the show: Len Lesser as Uncle Leo, Barney Martin as Mort Seinfeld, and of course, Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller as Frank and Estelle Costanza.
Jerry Stiller managed to take an utterly unpleasant man and make audiences not only like him, but eager to see the character again. His timing and delivery was impeccable, as was Harris. They were very believable as an old married couple. Stiller played Frank Costanza as if he was a philosopher for the ages, transforming the beloved Seinfeld character into an inadvertently hilarity quote machine.
“I was watching a provocative cable TV movie called ‘The Net’, starring this woman from ‘The Bus’.”
Frank explains how he got the idea for his IT business from the movie Sandra Bullock The Internet, and errors Speed for a movie called “The Bus”.
The Internet is a 1995 film about a computer programmer who discovers a vast, life-threatening plot. What Frank takes away from the paranoid computer spy thriller is that the IT industry is great and he needs to be a part of it.
“Your meatloaf is pasty, your salmon cakes are fatty and your eggplant parmesan is a disgrace to this house!”
Frank and Estelle had a relationship of mutual tolerance until one or the other broke up. Usually it was Frank who would shatter and explode with another Frank Costanza masterpiece.
George’s parents’ relationship was one of the great things about Seinfeld. Jerry Stiller and Estelle Haris both had excellent timing and performed well. They were only in 27 episodes out of a total of 172, but the impact of their characters makes it seem a lot more, and there are two of them. Seinfeld fan favorite characters.
“No one is touching my feet. Between you and me, Elaine, I think I have a problem with foot odor.”
Elaine thinks the Korean women at the nail salon she frequents are laughing at her in Korean while they take care of her nails. Frank speaks Korean, so Elaine asks him to come see what they say. She offers to pay for a pedicure in exchange for the favor.
Frank Costanza is just the kind of guy who makes those bold, strong statements and then sticks to them. No one will ever see their feet. Stiller pulls a lot out of those little moments, and it’s not so much what he says but the way he says it that is hilarious.
“Let me understand, you have the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So who’s sleeping with the hen? “
During a nice and tense chicken dinner, Frank turns his attention to chicken sex. First of all, he seems to think that hens and chickens are two different things, that’s where his problem begins. For him, it is an enigma, an insoluble enigma for a public inquiry.
Frank would come up with things like this quote all the time, usually to George’s embarrassment. Estelle usually just shrugged or shouted something back at him. He’s totally oblivious to the reactions around him, and when he’s not, he usually responds by blaming others.
“This is why I was never able to become president. It is also why, from an early age, I never had any interest in politics. I refuse to vote. They don’t want me, I don’t want them! “
Frank answers Elanie’s question about his birth in Italy and why he could never be president. His revenge is never to vote, kind of a game on the old Groucho line, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”
In America, only a citizen by birth can become president, ie born on American soil or an American citizen. That leaves Frank, obviously a naturalized citizen, out. The viewer can see why his son George thinks and acts the way he does.
“I have good news and bad news, and they’re both the same: you’re fired.”
Frank starts a computer sales business and hires George and George’s nemesis, Lloyd Braun. Franks takes them into a sales contest: the winner gets a Water Pik and the loser gets kicked out.
George is still trying to get his father’s approval, who along with Frank will always be conditional and fleeting. His whole childhood, as we can see over the course of the series, was both a quest to get his father’s love and stay away.
“The Festivus tradition begins with the broadcast of grievances. I have a lot of problems with you, and now you’re going to hear about it!”
The annual dinner grievance broadcast means Festivus has begun. Of course, the only one who can voice his grievances is Frank himself. And he diffuses them by chewing on his son’s boss and telling him what George really thinks about his business.
Frank’s vacation only serves one person and makes them happy, Frank himself. But Frank, with his aluminum pole and grievances, is fine with it.
“A men’s bra … Le Manssiere! Got it?”
Kamer has a great idea, which is always a problem for the rest of the gang. He asks Frank to try on his men’s bra: “The Bro”. Frank likes it, but not the name, he wants to call it “La Manssière”, the men’s bra.
It’s a Seinfeld scene that fans love to watch over and over again. The fact that Frank wears Kramer’s device and loves it is probably a point for him to try something new. Frank is a man who apparently has no shame about his own behavior and little to no awareness of its effect on those around him. He’s just going to move on, regardless of the consequences.
“But out of this, a new holiday was born. A festivus for the rest of us.”
Frank recounts how he went to buy a doll for George when he had an argument with another shopper at the store about the toy. They came to blows, bruising and smashing the doll. It was then that he had his idea for Festivus.
Seinfeld has some great quotes, and this one is one of the most famous. Festivus is Frank’s version of Christmas, but without the commercialism he hates. In his living room, he installed an aluminum pole (garlands are distracting) and then gathered his relatives to tell them what a big disappointment they were that year. Only Frank would think this is the best vacation.
“SERENITY NOW !!!”
Frank is trying to relax to lower his blood pressure, so he listens to tapes about meditation. The author said that if you feel your anger and your blood pressure rise, just say “Serenity now”.
Of course, instead of saying a calming phrase, Frank yells it angrily, because the man “wasn’t precise”. It has become a slogan and one of the SeinfeldThe funniest racing gags for Frank, as he screamed it whenever he was the least bit irritated, which was frequently.
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