The clip buy varinia 2 from Spartacus (1960) with Charles Laughton
It was funny at the time.
How good you are to me, if I may say so.
You may. Thank you.
Don't just eye those birds. Eat them.
There's no need to be on your best behavior here.
May I remind you you've been good to me in the past.
I've been good to you? Oh, ho, ho.
You've sold me slaves at an extremely reasonable price.
And you arranged gladiatorial jousts at cost, practically.
You are both ethical in business
and certainly farsighted socially.
Zenobia's put on weight since I last saw her.
Hasn't she? I like it.
So do I.
You and I have a tendency towards corpulence.
Corpulence makes a man reasonable, pleasant and phlegmatic.
Have you noticed the nastiest of tyrants are invariably thin?
In spite of your vices, you are the most generous Roman of our time.
Ladies? Since when are they a vice?
Perhaps I used the wrong word. An eccentricity, a foible.
I hope I pronounced that word...
It's well-known that even your groom and butler are women.
I'm the most virtuous man in Rome.
I keep these women out of my respect for Roman morality.
That morality which has made Rome strong enough
to steal two-thirds of the world from its rightful owners,
founded on the sanctity of Roman marriage and family.
I happen to like women. I have a promiscuous nature
and unlike these aristocrats, I will not take a marriage vow
which my nature will prevent me from keeping.
You have too great a respect for the purity of womankind.
It must be tantalizing to be surrounded by so much purity.
Let's mix business with pleasure. How may I help you?