November 19th marks World Toilet Day, an international observance introduced by the United Nations that highlights a serious problem – 2.5 billion people across the world do not have access to proper sanitation.
So while you sit there on your porcelain throne, just remember that things could quite easily have been so very different for you and your toilet habits.
To help promote the fact that around a third of the world’s population doesn’t have a proper bog to sit on, we thought we would take a look at some of the most famous movie scenes that feature a seat that many of us tend to take for granted.
Here are our Top 10 Greatest Toilet Roles of All Time.
See what we did there? Ahh, forget it…here we go.
10 – Fast and Furious 5 (2011)
Although the F and F movies are better known for their high octane car scenes and shoot-outs, they do often come up with winning comedy moments too, just like this scene from Fast 5. Two of the Fast team plant an explosive charge in the septic tank of a police station, what follows is a splashback of monumental proportions as one unsuspecting officer is drenched in what can only be described as a ‘Dookie Downpour’.
9 – The Warriors (1979)
In this action packed scene from uber cool cult classic The Warriors, we see the films leather-clad anti-heroes take on a bunch of stripy, dungaree-loving punks. With fists flying, doors smashing and testosterone being meted out by the sack load, it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of the grimy subterranean ambience of what is quite possibly one of the grimmest looking underground toilets ever to grace celluloid.
8 – The Naked Gun (1988)
In a scene reminiscent of Gordon Brown’s ‘that woman was a bigot’ moment, Police Squad stalwart Frank Drebin forgets to take off his radio mic before taking a trip to the men’s room. What follows is typical of the slapstick series and cements Leslie Nielsen’s place at the very heart of ‘toilet’ humour.
7 – There’s Something About Mary (1998)
A rare moment of terror in an otherwise run-of-the-mill rom-com, this scene sees the hapless Ben Stiller do what every man on earth fears doing – trap his ‘frank and beans’. After popping to the loo to drain himself off before he takes the lovely Cameron Diaz to the prom, Stiller is mistakenly thought to be spying on his young date through the bathroom window. Hastily trying to put his little man away before he gets himself in to even more trouble, he zips up his fly a little too fast and catches the crown jewels in his zip, much to the amusement of pretty much everybody within earshot. In a moment that I personally can relate to (don’t ask), we learn that all has not gone too well with the removal of the offending zip when the paramedic utters the immortal words “WE GOT A BLEEDER!”
6 – Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Dumb and Dumber is packed full of classic moments – from the tongue on the ski lift to the infamous pee in the beer bottle scene, but this bathroom debacle is king of them all. Upset with his friend Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) for going on a date night with his dream woman, the wonderfully named Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) decides it would be a good idea to slip an extra-large dose of laxatives into his mates drink. Dunne arrives to collect his date and unleashes a torrent of number twos into her toilet, only to discover that it’s broken and won’t flush. Needless to say, he’s left with a little more than egg on his face…
5 – Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Appropriately deciding whether to get up on 1, 2 or 3 (though what a number 3 is we’d rather not know), this scene sees macho man Sgt Riggs (Mel Gibson) come to the aid of his partner Sgt Murtagh (Danny Glover). Murtagh settles down to do his business with a magazine and finds he has a bomb strapped to his throne. Proving that he isn’t “too old for this s***”, Riggs coaxes Murtagh into diving into the bath and saves his partners ass – literally!
4 – Trainspotting (1996)
In a scene that maybe proves Scotland’s toilets are completely different from anywhere else on earth, heroin addicted Renton (Ewan McGregor) takes a swim in a sludge filled bowl of filth to retrieve some ‘skag’ that he mistakenly ‘let’s slip’. In what is dubbed ‘The Worst Toilet in Scotland’ (and if you can find a worse one I want pictures), the desperate junkie takes a dive down into what turns out to be quite an idyllic little ocean paradise – or maybe he was already off his box!
3 – Jurassic Park (1993)
Supporting the opening of Jurassic Park is clearly not a good thing. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the one guy that backs the opening of the most dangerous theme park ever to be imagined, Donald Gennaro – the lawyer that represents the financial backers involved in the scheme – suffers at the razor-toothed gob of the T-Rex. After turning tail and abandoning the (admittedly annoying) grandchildren of the parks creator, Gennaro gets his just desserts when the yellow-eyed CGI star of the film sets about chomping him in half while he sits screaming on the bog; giving a whole new meaning to the term “Eat s*** and die!”
2 – Full Metal Jacket (1987)
In one of the most famous scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal Vietnam drama, Private Pyle shows just how hard it is to become a marine and just how crazy the training can make you, by first popping a cap through his draconian drill sergeant’s chest before turning his rifle on himself and painting the toilet wall with the contents of his own head. Stunning toilet action that isn’t for the faint of heart – say it now, “This is my rifle…”
1 – Street Trash (1987)
It’s highly likely that most of you have never seen this film before, but trust me, as toilet scenes go, this is a pretty disturbing 90 seconds of bog related movie-making. A drink-filled hobo takes to the seat of an abandoned toilet to enjoy a bottle of 60 year old wine – but what he doesn’t realise is, it has gone decidedly sour and very much off. What happens next is pure goo-filled cinematic gold and just one of many fantastic scenes from a movie that includes a game based on throwing another man’s private parts around. If you haven’t seen the full flick, it’s about time you did – till then, enjoy our number one toilet clip!
So there you have it!
That’s it for this years World Toilet Day blog.
If you haven’t seen some of these films, then maybe it’s time to change your toilet habits, get on the throne and give them a watch.
Whatever you do, be sure to let us know exactly what you think of our top 10 on Twitter and Facebook.
Do you know of a better bog related scene that we’ve missed? Let us know and we might even give you a retweet, or maybe even a special gift.
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Till next time, happy bogging!