While Exley was standing at a distance in L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White found the body of his close friend and colleague Dick Stensland under a white sheet at the mortuary:
EXLEY: Hell of a way to avoid a prison sentence.
Bud White: You tell me what happened?
Exley: Appears three men held up a coffee shop. The guy at the register pulled a .38, so they killed him.
Exley’s comment here sounds like a sarcastic remark about the extreme and undesirable nature of Dick Stensland’s death as a way to avoid going to prison.
Why didn’t Bud White attack Exley for being sarcastic in this situation?