Hollywood is chock-full of actors, and while some of them leave us grimacing as they cry crocodile tears and feel as authentic as a fake Gucci purse, there are others who have truly mastered their craft. Sure, they can remember their lines and create instant chemistry with their on-screen romances, but many of the A-listers in Hollywood have something more than that. They have the ability to improvise. And they’re pretty amazing at it.
While this improvisation has often brought us some hilarious movie bloopers that made us snort out loud, sometimes this on-the-spot risk has paid off to become a classic movie scene we all know and love – even if you haven’t seen the movie! And at Popular Everything, we’ve delved deep into the Hollywood archives to pick out the most iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were improvised.
Dumb and Dumber Really Did Come up With the Most Annoying Sound in the World
In 1994, the world was blessed by the comedy gods with Dumb and Dumber, and there’s no doubt about the fact that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels made the most incredible comedy duo. But what you might not know is that a large portion of this movie was improvised right there and then, while the cameras were rolling.
In fact, it’s been noted that 15% of the movie was unscripted, and that was the case for the hitchhiker scene. In this scene, Jim Carrey asked those next to him whether they would like to “hear the most annoying sound in the world” and his high-pitched screech made fans across the world laugh out loud. This question and the screech came out of nowhere, and the reactions of those in the car were completely natural. Yep, it really was annoying.
The Dirty Dancing Crawl Was Never Meant to Happen, Lover Boy
It’s hard to pinpoint the most iconic moment in Dirty Dancing, and while some people would argue that the lift is the best of them all, we can’t help but think that the “Lover Boy” dance is pretty awesome. Especially as much of it was improvised on the spot by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Who could forget this steamy dance?
As the couple crawl on the floor together, it would be easy to assume that this was all part of the plan. But this wasn’t in the script or even choreographed by the professionals. What we see in the movie is actually what Jennifer and Patrick made up during a warm-up. They loved dancing so much that they decided to go wild just before the cameras started filming, but they were turned on just in time to capture it.
Francis Ford Coppola Had a Good Feline About The Godfather
The Godfather is one of those movies that you just have to watch. It’s a rite of passage that every film lover has to go through, and that’s largely due to the fact that this movie is a feat of cinematic engineering. As the man behind the wheel of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola wanted to stick to a plan. But sometimes you can have even more fun without one.
When the director found a stray cat on the movie set, he could have just sent it away and forgotten about it forever. However, he had an idea – and that idea involved Marlon Brando. In an effort to improvise and switch things up a bit, he gave the cat to Brando to see whether it would add anything to his character, and what happened next became the iconic opening scene we know and love today.
Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Dance Was Inspired by the Music
If you’re familiar with Joaquin Phoenix, you’ll know that he’s the kind of actor who will dominate any role he’s given. He can transform himself into any character that’s sent his way, and that’s why so many DC Comics fans were excited when they learned that he was going to become the Joker. One of the most defining moments in the Joker movie is the elegant-but-creepy bathroom dance, but did you know this was improvised?
Yes, while a boring bathroom scene was written into the script, both Joaquin and director Todd Phillips knew that something was missing from this part of the movie. As they brainstormed ideas, Phillips sent Pheonix a piece of music by Hildur Gudnadottir the day before they were due to film it. When Joaquin got the studio the next day, he made the freestayle dance up on the spot.
Emily Blunt Overheard The Devil Wears Prada Snark in a Grocery Store
The Devil Wears Prada has given us so many iconic lines to use in our lives, and while most of us tend to just use “By all means, move at a glacial pace” on a daily basis, Emily Blunt also gave us some corkers we just love to repeat. In fact, “I’m hearing this, and I want to hear this” (complete with hand movements, of course) has become a firm favorite for many.
What’s so amazing about this line, though, is the fact that it was improvised by Emily while the cameras were rolling. But she has noted that she can’t take credit for it. The actress overheard a mother saying the same snarky thing to her daughter in a grocery store before filming began, and it just popped into her head when she took on the role of Emily Charlton.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Got a Little Too Shave-Happy in 50/50
If you have ever watched 50/50, you’ll know that this movie will make you ugly cry and laugh until your sides hurt, both at the same time. And that’s pretty impressive for a bunch of moving pictures on a screen. But perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching moments in this film is when cancer-stricken Joseph Gordon-Levitt shaves off his head in an act of defiance and helplessness.
This was a bold move for his character and one that allowed him to take control of his illness. But what you might not realize is that this wasn’t actually in the script. Oh, no. Seth Rogen looked pretty shocked when his friend took the shaver to his head and decided to go to town – and that’s because it was never the plan. The actor decided to improvise on the spot, and thankfully this risk worked in his favor.
Good Morning, Vietnam Was Robin Williams’ Chance to Run Wild
Robin Williams had so many movie credits to his name, but there are many people across the globe who believe that Good Morning, Vietnam was his best. Of course, we wholeheartedly agree that this film showcased his improvisation talents in all of their glory. After all, it’s what he was known for.
While this movie was loosely based on the Armed Forces Radio DJ, Adrian Cronauer, Williams took it upon himself to add his own spin to the script. Sure, he replicated some of Cronauer’s personality traits and key words, but the large majority of Williams’ radio broadcasts were completely made up on the spot. He simply got into his character’s mindset and ran wild with it.
Ralph Fiennes Created Some Magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
While we’re thankful that Ralph Fiennes isn’t quite as evil as his Harry Potter character, there’s no doubt about the fact that he showcased some incredible acting talent within the movie franchise. The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the culmination of the story we all know and love, but it seems as though nobody on set quite knew how Ralph was going to react during this last movie.
That’s because he often liked to improvise while in the robes of Voldemort, and he did exactly that during He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s big speech at the end of the movie. Although he had a rough script to go on, Fiennes decided to change his words every time he delivered his lines. This way, he could make the monologue as authentic and as creepy as possible. We think he nailed it.
Julia Roberts Snapped Into Action in Pretty Woman
Although we didn’t think that Pretty Woman could be any more iconic, along comes Julie Roberts with her impeccable acting talent and her amazing chemistry with Richard Gere. Ugh, Vivian and Edward are just perfect. While it was easy to get caught up in their strange-but-wonderful love affair, did you spot Julia Roberts’ improvisation? You probably didn’t, because she made the whole exchange seem incredibly natural.
Julia and Richard brought their natural chemistry onto the screen for this particular improvisation. Although Richard was just supposed to show his date a beautiful necklace in a jewelry box, he decided to have a little fun with his co-star. Because he’s a cool guy, you know. He pretended to snap the box shut, and Julia’s subsequent laughter was an instant, off-script reaction. It was also super adorable.
Django Unchained Was a Bloody Mess – Quite Literally
You probably don’t need us to tell you that Leonardo DiCaprio is an incredible actor. You’ve seen that for yourself on your screens. But what you might not know is that many of his most famous scenes weren’t actually in the script. This is definitely true for Django Unchained, and certainly the case for the bloody scene that made all of our stomachs churn.
In this scene, DiCaprio didn’t actually mean to cut his hand while smashing a glass on the table. Despite the fact that he had blood spewing out of his hand – and later needed countless stitches – he continued the scene and even used the blood to smear over Kerry Washington’s face and make the moment even more powerful. After the cameras stopped rolling, the crew gave Leo’s improvisation a standing ovation.
Steve Carrell Had a Painful Day on the Set of The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Everyone’s watched The 40-Year-Old Virgin, right? This film is one of Steve Carrell’s most famous movies, and while we have a feeling that the actor remembers filming the movie… this is probably for all the wrong reasons. In one of the most iconic scenes of all time, we laughed along as Steve was waxed for the sake of comedy. But he didn’t quite know what he was getting in for.
Although Carrell agreed to be waxed for the sake of the movie, it was decided amongst the cast and crew that they would only have one shot to film it. So, it had to be authentic. Carrell didn’t have any trial runs and he couldn’t fake it for the cameras. His natural reaction – which included a fair few obscenities that we couldn’t possibly repeat – was exactly what we saw on the screen.
Anne Hathaway Went on a Painful Trip in The Princess Diaries
While The Princess Diaries gave us unrealistic expectations for life and made us wonder when we’d become the next Princess of Genovia, it also became one of Anne Hathaway’s crowning glories. She’s since gone on to become a Hollywood A-lister, but nobody can forget this iconic movie and the role she played in it.
Even the best can’t avoid a boo-boo sometimes, though, and Hathaway found her facing a very painful one in this particular scene. As she was walking along the bleachers, Hathaway slipped and fell down. This wasn’t written in the script, but Anne quickly realized that it was something Mia would have done – so she played it cool and improvised the rest of the scene.
The Ghostbusters Interview Was a Real Bust
Although there were many people who wanted to hate the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, the comedy value was just too good to ignore. But like all good comedy movies, there has to be some room for improvisation. Many people didn’t expect this improvisation to come from serious Aussie Chris Hemsworth, but it seems as though this man continues to surprise us.
When Chris filmed the interview scene, the production team made the decision to remove the glass from his glasses because of glare. Hemsworth forgot about this when he pushed his finger through the frames and scratched his eye, but Melissa McCarthy just couldn’t ignore it. She opted to improvise and call him out, and he quipped back in a hilarious exchange that made everyone laugh.
This Improv Alien Scene Caused Crew Members to Literally Faint
Alien is a movie that makes us feel a little bit queasy, but it’s also very intriguing. You want to watch it, but you also want to shove a pillow in front of your eyes so you can’t see what’s going on. Nevertheless, it’s become an iconic movie – and it’s also brought us one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time. Yes, we’re talking about that scene.
Nobody really wants to see an alien bursting out of another person’s stomach, and the cast of Alien didn’t know that was going to happen either. The director wanted this scene to be as authentic as possible, so he didn’t tell anyone that the “Chestbuster” scene was going to be so graphic. The whole scene was made up on the spot, with one extra even fainting due to the shock. This was kept in, of course.
The Barking in Black Panther Was an Unplanned Addition
You’ve gotta love it when the villain becomes the hero, and Marvel fans were overjoyed when M’Baku decided to save Wakanda and help the Black Panther. Of course, that doesn’t mean that his appearance didn’t shock many people who watched the movie. For starters, he looked pretty scary. And then he started barking.
Although his barking added to his natural, animal-like presence, it might surprise you to learn that this barking wasn’t written into the script. When Winston Duke took on the role of M’Baku, he decided to add his own flair into the mix, and he thought the grunting noises would enhance the character’s impact. Well, he definitely got that right.
Robert De Niro Really Was Talking to Himself in Taxi Driver
“You talkin’ to me?” is one of the most quotable movie moments of all time, and while it would be easy to think that Travis Bickle’s monologue in Taxi Driver was the result of a well-thought-out script, that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, Robert De Niro was given a huge amount of freedom when it came to his character’s lines.
When working with Martin Scorsese during production, Robert was given the chance to improvise and wholeheartedly become the character without any lines or strings attached. As he twirled his weapon and stared at himself in the mirror, De Niro came up with the idea that quickly became iconic in every sense of the word. Even those who haven’t watched Taxi Driver have quoted this line at least once.
Tom Holland Wanted to Break Our Hearts in Infinity War
If you haven’t watched Avengers: Infinity War just yet, you might want to move on. Because this involves some major spoilers. But equally, you should have seen this movie at least 15 times by now – because it’s one of the greatest movies the world has ever seen. And it’s also one of the heartbreaking movies the world has ever seen. It’s the best of both worlds.
One of the most heartbreaking moments in this movie is when Spider-Man starts to disappear in the arms of Iron Man, and it’s truly enough to make you wonder whether you’ll ever feel joy again. For this scene, director Joe Russo left the words for Tom Holland to create. He improvised these lines on the spot, and we all know that “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel good” hits different.
This Full Metal Jacket Scene Was Just Pure Verbal Venom
You probably know R. Lee Ermey for his role in Full Metal Jacket, but did you know that he’s not actually an actor? He wasn’t before this role, anyway. When the retired Marine heard that Stanley Kubrick was making the movie, he managed to persuade the filmmaker to hire him as the technical director. But then he became so much more.
When Kubrick saw the hard-hitting Ermey in action, he knew he had to get him onboard as the drill instructor. With experience berating and spewing verbal venom as a former marine, Ermey didn’t need a script. Instead, Kubrick let him do his own thing for a full six minutes. And that monologue later earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Anthony Hopkins Went the Extra Mile to Creep Out Silence of the Lambs Fans
If you have ever watched The Silence of the Lambs, you’ll know that this movie isn’t for the fainthearted. From his muzzle to the way he says “Clarice,” Anthony Hopkins took on the role of Hannibal Lecter and brought this monster to life in an extraordinary way. He transformed himself into a creepy and unnatural human, and much of this came from unscripted additions.
Fans at home shivered when Lecter started to hiss while he was talking about “fava beans and a nice Chianti,” but this hissing noise was an ad-lib created by Hopkins himself. According to reports, Hopkins used to do joke around and hiss at Jodie Foster in between filming, so he decided to bring it into the final cut.
Gene Wilder Had a Boatload of Fun on the Set of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
While Johnny Depp made his mark in the modern adaptation of this quirky film, Gene Wilder made the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie extra special with his unusual acting tactic. In fact, the actor outright refused to take on the role if he couldn’t do it his own way. It was either his way or the highway. In the end, the producers gave him and let Wilder have free reign.
Although Gene improvised a huge chunk of the overall movie, perhaps one of the most memorable scenes that wasn’t in the script was the boat scene. This is one that still gives kids nightmares to this day, and one that was completely made up on the spot! Yes, Gene created the boat song from thin air, and the reactions of the kids and their parents to the song were completely natural – because they had no idea he was going to sing it.
Heath Ledger Proved He Wasn’t a Joke in The Dark Knight
It was a sad day for cinema when we lost the legend that was Heath Ledger, but we can still watch his brilliance on the big screen through his movies. Perhaps one of his most iconic movies was The Dark Knight, where he took on the creepy and quirky character of The Joker. While this script was awesome, the popularity of one particular scene was all thanks to Heath’s improvisation.
As The Joker stands in his jail cell and watches over the police officers, Heath Ledger’s character looks on while Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) is promoted. Gordon’s colleagues applaud his promotion, but what the cast wasn’t expecting was for Ledger to also join in with a slow, creepy clap that was deeply unsettling. And iconic.
The Shining Moment in The Shining Was a Spur of the Moment Decision
Although it gave many people nightmares for weeks when it was first released, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining quickly became one of the most impressive movies of all time. Today, it’s a cult classic that many hotels still credit for their dwindling numbers – and Jack Nicholson is to blame (or thank) for that. But did you know that the shining moment in The Shining was actually improvised?
Jack Nicholson filmed the scene where he broke through the door and tried to send his wife to the fishes a whopping 125 times, and when Stanley Kubrick was on the edge of axing the scene completely, Nicholson pulled something new out of the bag. He decided to try out a new line that wasn’t in the script, and that’s how “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!’ became the ultimate slasher catchphrase.
Donald Faison Decided to Roll With the Homies in Clueless
Clueless is one of those movies that suits every mood. Whether you’re feeling happy, sad, angry, or excited, this movie will always put a smile on your face and make you laugh. That’a largely to do with the actors and their natural presence, and it might also have something to do with the fact that Donald Faison decided to get creative while the cameras were rolling.
While most of us now know this actor for his work on Scrubs, Donald brought a new dimension to Clueless and proved that he was down with the homies. While he was getting his head shaved for the movie, he noted that he was “keeping it real,” which is something that he heard a kid in his neighborhood say. He thought it would be cool in the moment, so decided to repeat it.
Tommy Lee Jones Really Didn’t Care in The Fugitive
Tommy Lee Jones has put his name to some of the biggest movies of all time, and while The Fugitive may not be the film he’s known best for, we just can’t ignore his improvisations. When Jones’ character, U.S Marshal Samuel Gerard, has a sewer-based brawl with Richard Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, they really get down and dirty.
In fact, Ford’s character had to basically scream at the Marshal and state that he didn’t send his wife to the fishes – but it seems as though Tommy Lee Jones just didn’t want to hear it. Although it wasn’t in the script, Jones ad-libbed the famous line: “I don’t care.” This line later became one of the most famous lines in the whole movie.
Harrison Ford’s Stomach Went Off-Script in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford has definitely lived an adventurous life. He’s donned his cowboy hat and rolled up his sleeves four times to play Indiana Jones – and rumor has it that a fifth movie is on the cards! And while there’s no doubt about the fact that Raiders of the Lost Ark is a fan favorite, it seems as though Ford didn’t exactly enjoy filming this movie.
Harrison spent months filming in Tunisia to bring this movie to life, and he was itching to go back to his home comforts. He was struggling with dysentery, and his stomach was doing somersaults on the day he was due to start a three-day shoot for what was to be an iconic sword fight. Eager to get home, though, Harrison ditched his sword in favor of a better weapon, and the fight was over in two minutes after he shot the assassin in the gut…
Anchorman Put Will Ferrell in a Glass Case of Emotion
Let’s be honest; Anchorman is one of the funniest movies out there. With its all-star cast, hysterical gags, and an incredible storyline, it’s no wonder that many people still associate Will Ferrell with this movie. Yes, even though he’s now one of the most famous actors in Hollywood. But that might have something to do with the fact that he improvised one of the film’s most iconic lines.
It’s been noted that many of the actors and comedians in Anchorman improvised or tweaked their lines when the cameras were rolling, and Ferrell proved his talent while in the phone booth. When he cried that he was in a “glass case of emotion” the director quickly looked through the script to find the line – only to realize that he’d thought of it on the spot.
Malfoy Had a Big Question to Ask in The Chamber of Secrets
It’s easy to assume that acting talent comes with age and experience, but this example throws that whole concept out the window. Tom Felton was barely a teenager when he started filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but that didn’t stop him from ad-libbing a line that helped to solidify his place as the ultimate Slytherin.
Malfoy truly made himself known as the bully in this movie, and he even bullied his friends. Well, he bullied Harry and Ron who had morphed into his friends. When Goyle/Harry noted that he had been reading, Felton quipped back with the insult to end all insults: “I didn’t know you could read.” Can you believe that wasn’t in the script?
Leonardo DiCaprio Felt Like the King of the World in Titanic
Leonardo DiCaprio showed everyone what he was made of in Titanic, and it’s fair to say that this movie thrust him into the limelight and made everyone fall in love with him. But when he took on the role of the loveable rogue, Jack Dawson, DiCaprio had no idea just how famous the movie would make him – and just how iconic the actual film would become.
It’s thanks to this movie that people can’t step aboard a ship without making their way to the bow and shouting “I’m the King of the world!” What’s amazing about this classic line, though, is that it wasn’t written in the script. When young Leonardo made his way to the set of Titanic and the cameras weren’t rolling, he did the exact same thing to show how excited he was. James Cameron spotted him and decided to put it in the movie.
Woody Allen’s Unsuspecting Sneeze in Annie Hall Wasn’t Planned
Although actors can spend months getting into character and learning their lines for a movie role, sometimes you just can’t control what happens while you’re on set – especially when unsuspecting bodily functions become involved. While Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and their co-stars were trying to keep a straight face in Annie Hall, Allen’s nose had other ideas.
As the actors were sat around a table, Allen picked up a box of illicit white powder and inspected it. But it seems as though he got a little too close, as it got right up his nose and forced out a rather large sneeze. The powder went everywhere, and his co-stars were not expecting the white cloud to surround them. But they stayed in character, and the scene was just too good to ignore. It ultimately made the final cut.
Margot Robbie Left Her Clothes Behind in The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese is known for letting his actors roam free and explore potential lines they think will work in the movie, and while he sometimes has to reign them back in, sometimes they also like to go the extra mile. This was the case for Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street, after she was given the chance to play the beautiful blonde, Naomi.
When Margot and Leonardo DiCaprio get up close and personal for one particular scene, Scorsese wanted the actress to feel comfortable, so he wrote that she would be wearing a robe. However, Margot knew that her character loved her body and would want to show it off, so she decided to improvise and follow her instinct. She had to have three shots of tequila before she was able to strip off her clothes.
Roy Scheider Realized Something Very Important in Jaws
When you watch Jaws today, you realize that the mechanical sharks and the bag camera work are pretty funny – but that doesn’t make the movie any less iconic. When this classic film was released, it shocked the world and became an instant hit. This was largely due to one very specific quote.
“You’re going to need a bigger boat” is a line that has made its mark within the world of Hollywood, but what if we told you that this line was completely scripted? Roy Scheider had no idea just how big the sharks would be when he made his way onto the set of Jaws, and his ad-libbed reaction was a natural reaction to the animals. Amazingly, it was kept in during the final cut.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Snacking Habits Had to Be Worked Into the Marvel Universe
Anyone who has worked with Robert Downey Jr. in the past will tell you that he’s a free spirit. He can rarely be held down by a script or a concept, and he prefers to make a role his own. Thankfully, this has always created the most iconic characters and films, but he’s also guilty of snaking the line between reality and fiction.
In the Avengers franchise, you may have realized that Tony Stark loves to eat. These little snacking sessions are never written into the scripts, but Downey Jr. takes his pizza boxes into the frame as though they’re meant to be there. He improvises his lines and his actions with this food in the picture, and his crew has since learned to just let him do his thing.
The Tiny Midnight Cowboy Budget Created One of the Most Quotable Scenes of All Time
Although Midnight Cowboy is a hugely famous movie today, it didn’t exactly excite production companies back in the day. Because of this, the team only had a small budget to work with. This meant that they couldn’t shut down the New York streets, but instead had to work around the masses of people and the bustling traffic. But thanks to a little bit of improvisation on Dustin Hoffman’s part, this worked in the movie’s favor.
As Dustin and his co-star Jon Voight made their way to a New York crosswalk, a taxi going about its daily business almost crashed right into them. Unwilling to break character, Dustin slammed his hand on the hood of the cab and shouted in his best Ratso Rizzo accent, “Hey! I’m walkin’ here!” This quote became so iconic it’s now become the unofficial catchphrase of New Yorkers everywhere.
Poop-Gate Was Never Meant to Happen in Bridesmaids
Is Bridesmaids the greatest movie of all time? Obviously. No matter how many times you watch this film, it just seems to get funnier and funnier. While this is all thanks to the script and the A-list cast, their improvisation ability also has something to do with it. And as regular SNL members, we know that Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are hilarious at improv.
Rudolph proved this tenfold in this scene, as “Poop-Gate” hasn’t made fans stop laughing since they saw her take a squat in the middle of the street – bridal gown and all. What’s so amazing about this scene, though, is that Rudolph thought it up on the spot. In fact, the whole food poisoning storyline was improvised by every single cast member right there and then.
The Usual Suspects Were Sentenced to a Case of the Giggles
One of the most iconic scenes within The Usual Suspects is the line-up scene. You know, the one that ignites all the violence and essentially disrupts everyone’s lives. The movie wouldn’t be the same without it, but what you might not realize is that this line-up scene was meant to be very different from the one we all know and love. Director Bryan Singer had very serious plans for it.
However, Singer made a bad choice when he decided to start filming this scene after lunch. With full stomachs and a new sense of energy, it wasn’t long before Gabriel Byrne del Toro was letting loose and farting for everyone to hear. As soon as the other men in the line-up heard him, they couldn’t help but giggle. So, what was once a serious scene soon became one filled with laughter. And it actually kinda worked.
The Goonies’ Truffle Shuffle Was Just a Kid Being a Kid
There are many filmmakers out there who choose not to work with child actors. They find them unpredictable. They find them hard work. And they find them too silly. But that’s exactly what The Goonies‘ director, Richard Donner, wanted from his movie. In fact, it was this unpredictability and silliness that led to one of the most memorable moments from the film.
Remember the Truffle Shuffle? Performed by Chunk, this dance became one of the most hilarious dance moves of the ’80s ever saw. But this wasn’t a perfectly choreographed move that was decided before cameras started rolling. Former child actor Jeff Cohen was just asked to do some improvised movements, and that’s what he came up with. What a legend.
Chris Pratt Decided to Ask for Forgiveness on the Set of Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt became the ultimate Star-Lord when he appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, and there’s no doubt about the fact that he transformed himself into this goofy-but-loveable character. His co-stars and crew members thought that he was also pretty goofy in real life as well, but it turns out that this was all part of his plan.
When filming the scene with the orb and The Collector, Chris almost dropped the orb on the floor – but he caught it just in time. Although you may have thought this was a mistake, Chris decided at the time that this was the best move for the Star Lord. He didn’t ask the producer if he could, as he noted that it’s “better to ask forgiveness than permission.”
Matthew McConaughey Was Feeling “Alright, Alright, Alright” in Dazed and Confused
When you think of Matthew McConaughey, you probably think of his unique voice and his epic one-liners. But have you ever wondered which movie truly caught our attention? Well, it was Dazed and Confused. McConaughey wasn’t actually meant to be in the car scene below, but the director decided to throw him into the mix with 30 minutes to spare before filming started.
Because McConaughey was a last minute addition, he didn’t have a script to follow. Instead, he was given the chance to ad-lib this whole interaction – and it definitely worked to his advantage. Nowadays, it seems as though he can’t walk down the street without someone quoting “Alright, alright, alright” to his face.
Goodfellas Was Just a Mess-Around With a Few Good Fellas
Martin Scorsese is known as one of the greatest filmmakers this world has ever seen, and fans knew that he would create something special when he teamed up with Nicholas Pileggi. The screenwriting duo wrote over 12 different drafts of Goodfellas, but the end result was more of a mess-around than a stick-to-the-script-kinda situation.
With his talented actors in front of him, Scorsese knew that he wanted to give them a little freedom. And when Ray Liotta and Tommy DeVito made their way to their local drinking hole, he let them improvise. We all know that the “Funny how? Funny like I’m a clown, like I amuse you” is a hugely memorable scene, but what you might not have realized is that this altercation wasn’t planned at all.
Jack Nicholson Knew We Couldn’t Handle the Truth in A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men is a popular movie that many people can watch time after time, and one of the reasons for that is because Jack Nicholson puts on a stellar performance. While his natural acting talent shines through, one thing that Nicholson brings to every performance is his ability to improvise. And in this movie, he ad-libbed a line that has since made its way across the globe.
However, he didn’t just think of this line from the top of his head – he decided to change the one that was on the script instead. Although he was meant to say “You already have the truth,” he just didn’t think it was punchy enough. So, he changed it to “You can’t handle the truth!” Yes, you know the one.
Edward Norton’s Fight Club Rules Were a Little Different to Brad Pitt’s Rules
We all know that the first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club, but we’re going to have to make an exception for this one. That’s because this improvised scene is just too good to ignore. In preparation for this movie, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt learned boxing and martial arts, and most of their grappling moves in the movie were choreographed by professionals.
But that didn’t stop Norton from making up another rule of his own. In one particular scene, Norton’s character was supposed to hit Brad Pitt in the shoulder. However, he decided to go off-piste and hit him in the ear instead. This improvised scene led to the incredibly quotable line of: “You hit me in the ear?!” Brad Pitt genuinely didn’t know what was coming his way.
Blade Runner’s Improvisation Won’t Be Lost Like Tears in Rain
Blade Runner is one of those movies that just never goes out of style. It’s still just as famous today as the day it came out, and that’s largely thanks to the incredible storyline and the impeccable acting. It’s both hard-hitting and action-packed, and the “Tears in rain” scene will go down in history as one of the most iconic of all time.
While Rutger Hauer’s monologue was meticulously written for him, you have to give this guy credit. not only did he deliver it perfectly, but he also decided to add in his own little flair. After reminiscing on his past and noting that “All those moments will be lost in time…” he then decided to finish off the sentence with his own words: “…Like tears in rain.”
Robin Williams’ Melting Mrs. Doubtfire Moment Wasn’t Written in the Script
It’s amazing to think that Mrs. Doubtfire was released in 1993, and so much has happened since then. Although we have sadly lost Robin Williams, his improvisation skills will live on through his many movie moments. While most people know his improv talent thanks to Aladdin, most people don’t realize that this iconic scene in Mrs. Doubtfire was also on-the-spot.
Williams was always meant to end up with cream on his face, but it was never meant to slide down his face or plop into the drink on the table below. It seems as though hot studio lights and cream don’t make a good mix, but Robin played on this mishap and decided to work it into the storyline instead. Gosh, we miss him.
Megan Fox Went Off-Script and Stripped off in This Is 40
Judd Apatow has put his name to some of the best movies of all time, and. we have this man to thank for the hilarious comedy movie, This Is 40. But as someone who has been in the business for a long time, Judd always makes sure that his actors and actresses feel comfortable. Because of this, he never forces them to get undressed if they are not happy to do so.
When they came to film the changing room scene in This Is 40, Judd told Megan Fox that she would be wearing a robe. However, Megan knew that the scene would be much more authentic if she were to undress to her underwear, so she took everyone off-guard when she decided to strip off right there and then.