A screenplay is a vital component of any movie. Among other things, it narrates the plot of the film and the cues the actors will take. It basically dictates the success of every scene. However, it is not the be-all and end-all. In fact, some of the most memorable ones happened completely off the cuff. We bet that some of the items on this list will take you by surprise. Who would’ve thought that these brilliant scenes were the product of improvisation?
It is not unusual for movie fans to remember whole scenes from the films that they adore. However, even these people are unaware that not everything went according to plan during shooting. It’s no secret that improvisation sometimes happens because the actor or actress forgot their lines. There have also been cases where they knew better than anyone how to make the scene better. Regardless, the end result was better than what was written down and it made the final edit! You know what they say: sometimes the best things in life are unexpected. This saying applies to the movie industry as well. We’re sure that the quick thinking and nonchalant delivery will impress you. Improvisation is definitely a skill that is worthy of our admiration!
Did you expect to find the films Wolf of Wall Street, Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction on the list? We bet the answer to that would be a resounding no. After all, these are movie titles that continue to leave an impact, decades after they have been released. They might be film history Hall of Famers but that doesn’t mean everything was set in stone from the get-go. We daresay these flicks would not have been the same without the improvised lines.
Some people are able to come up with new lines with an effortless flourish. People like Bill Murray are hard to beat, especially since he actually has a background in improv. Others seemed to discover a natural talent for it on the set itself. Actress Margot Robbie belongs to the latter. She was able to adjust some of her lines naturally! What’s important here is that these deviations from the script made the film better. It’s a good thing that the directors were able to be such good sports about it.
Now let us go through this gallery to see which unexpected bursts of creativity turned out to be some of the most precious lines in movie history.
To begin the list, let us take a look at the crime flick The Fugitive. During the chase, Tommy Lee Jones was finally able to catch up to Harrison Ford. As Ford exclaims that he did not murder his wife, Jones replies with “I don’t care.” You guessed that right, it wasn’t in the script. He should have said, “That isn’t my problem.” However, we daresay that the new line sounded much better than the original.
This is a pretty understated bit of improvisation, though it posed a real danger to the actors Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight at the time! While they were shooting a scene for Midnight Cowboy, a taxi almost hit them. Luckily, they walked away scot-free but not without Hoffman shouting, “I’m walking here!” first. Even though they closed off the area, the taxi somehow walked straight into the scene.
We all know that Whoopi Goldberg is a talented woman and we’re glad she was recognized by the Academy for her performance in Ghost. If there was an award for improv, she should’ve won it as well. She played the psychic in the movie and came up with the warning, “Molly, you in danger, girl!” all by herself. Impressive!
A Few Good Men
We all know how excellent the movie A Few Good Men is. Even people who have not watched it should be familiar with the iconic line: “You can’t handle the truth!” This has become a meme and it is definitely one of the most recognizable dialogues ever. Perhaps its prominence is the same reason why it’s hard to believe that Jack Nicholson delivered it off the cuff.
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic comedies make up a lot of the films produced in this day and age, but nothing has come close to beating When Harry Met Sally for the crown. The wonderful Nora Ephron penned the screenplay but the scene where the two banter and Harry tells Sally, “I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie,” was actually not the writer’s doing!
The Dark Knight
The late Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. However, it seems like he is also skilled at improv even without opening his mouth. We are talking about the precinct scene when everyone was cheering Gordon on for his promotion. Ledger begins slow clapping and it was a great way to demonstrate his talent and the Joker’s sense of humor.
Deliverance was nothing short of creepy if you ask us. We can’t think of anything worse than the story of city dwellers wanting to have a nice vacation before running into a pack of violent hillbillies. We actually had some terrible nightmares about the bad guy yelling, “Squeal like a pig!” You know what we’re talking about. Interestingly enough, the character he ordered might have obeyed the demand, but that wasn’t part of the screenplay.
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is one of the most beloved movies of this era. It has been over two decades since it was first released, but the tale of the genius janitor continues to warm hearts all over the world. Matt Damon and Robin Williams’ excellent performances simply made things even better. However, the closing scene with Williams saying, “Son of a bitch! He stole my line!”? Yup, the legend came up with it then and there.
Being John Malkovich
It is fair to say that there is nothing quite like the movie Being John Malkovich. The trippy flick does not shy away from unorthodox methods of doing things. That’s why it is not all that surprising to hear that the “Hey, Malkovich! Think fast!” scene was improvised. However, what’s interesting is the fact that it was delivered by a drunk extra who decided to chuck the can at the leading actor’s head. Spike Jonze was most likely entertained by it and decided that it would make a great addition to his film.
The Usual Suspects
While there are directors who do not mind improvisation, others want nothing but faithfulness to what is written in the screenplay. An ideal example of the latter kind would be The Usual Suspects director Brian Singer. One scene could not be perfected by the actors, however, and this led to a huge deviation from the script. Think back to the lineup scene in the movie! The actors had been laughing thanks to Benicio Del Toro’s gassy problem and that was how the serious scene became a funny one.
The Godfather trilogy is the first thing that comes to most people’s mind whenever the topic is about gangster films. However, let us not forget Goodfellas which was great in its own right. The acting in the film was impeccable, but we expect nothing less when you put together Robert De Niro, Jose Pesci, Lorraine Braco, and Ray Liotta together. Of course, the movie made it to the list thanks to Pesci’s improvised “Do I amuse you?” line. We were all at the edge of our seat at that point!
The Silence of the Lambs
There is just no way that anyone can claim that Anthony Hopkins is a talentless hack. Have you seen the guy act? His performance in The Silence of the Lambs was extremely wonderful and terrifying. It’s fascinating to know that Hopkins somehow helped create Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He was responsible for some of the cannibal’s mannerisms. Case in point: the hissing sound he makes is all Hopkins, apparently!
Here is yet another world-famous line that just about anyone will be able to recognize. “You talkin’ to me?” We’re sure you can hear Robert De Niro’s voice inside your head right now. That’s exactly why it’s amazing to learn that the line was completely off the cuff. Actually, there were no lines at all in the script because the character was only supposed to be looking at the mirror!
Anyone who is unconvinced of David Patrick Kelly’s talent needs to watch him play Luther in the crime flick The Warriors. Does the line “Warriors come out to play!” ring any bells? As catchy as it might have been, it was improvised by Kelly. We don’t need any more confirmation that the director liked it other than the fact that multiple reiterations made it to the final cut.
Marlon Brando is easily one of the most prominent actors of the 20th-century movie industry. His method acting has been praised many times over the years. Despite his talent, everyone knows that he has quite a number of issues that made him difficult to work with. In Apocalypse Now, the actor reportedly refused to memorize his lines. That’s how he ended up adlibbing a significant amount of the lines he spoke in the movie!
While this is technically yet another Harrison Ford movie, let us give way to acknowledge Rutger Hauer this time. Try to recall the final scene, though we bet it must not be difficult at all. The “tears in the rain” speech is one of the most memorable moments in Blade Runner. Hauer decided to alter the lines in the script and that’s how the soliloquy came to be.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Gene Wilder was the only person that the director wanted to play the character of Willy Wonka. Yup, all of this even before Wilder expressed interest. We bet this was why he was allowed so much freedom when it came to characterization. In fact, Wilder himself deserves credit for the way the character is introduced in the film. The duplicitous entrance was a great foreshadowing about the character and it was apparently Wilder who made the proposal himself.
The Wolf of Wall Street
While The Wolf of Wall Street has many improvised lines in it, there is one scene that deserves more attention than the others. We’re talking about the intimate scene that happens between Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. The actress apparently went out of her way to play her character the way it was written. She knew her role was all about sensuality and that’s why she decided to go without the robe Scorsese offered.
Steven Spielberg’s horror film Jaws is an iconic film that is deserving of all the attention it gets. The movie is a classic in every sense of the word! However, let us put aside our awe of the movie and focus on Roy Scheider’s delivery of the line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” You guessed it— the line was impromptu!
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Harrison Ford is just incredibly gifted at improvisation and there’s nothing we can do but to be thankful for it. After all, it is this skill that gave us one of the most epic fight scenes in movie history. It might have been played for laughs, but the Raiders of the Lost Ark battle was actually meant to be a serious duel. However, Ford got sick before they were due to shoot and he was thus unable to perform the fight choreography. The crew was able to find a way to make the scene easier for the actor and the rest is history!
It is also possible to clue the director in when one actor plans on improvising. They can plan together to keep the others clueless about a change in the strict so the camera can capture real emotion. This was the case when Kurtwood Smith informed the director about something he wanted to do. That’s why everyone seemed genuinely surprised when Smith demands, “Give me my fuckin’ phone call.”
A Clockwork Orange
A creative genius like Stanley Kubrick is not immune from the hassle brought by creative brick walls. If you don’t believe us, try to imagine the break-in scene from A Clockwork Orange. He could not get it right no matter what and that’s why he instructed Malcolm McDowell, “Just do whatever you want.” The actor broke out into “I’m Singing In The Rain” and it was just what Kubrick needed.
Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket made it to the list as well. The director also penned the original screenplay for the movie, but R. Lee Ermey gave his role a new twist. It was effective because he was actually served as a Marine for some time. We guess he knew even more about the character than the director. After Full Metal Jacket was released, Kubrick explained that nearly half of Ermey’s lines was invented by the actor himself.
Saving Private Ryan
Speaking of Second World War films, Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film Saving Private Ryan easily made a name for itself as a modern classic. Try to remember the scene shared by Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, specifically the one where they reminisced about the things they left at home. Damon tells a story of his brother and girl. You won’t find that anywhere in the screenplay!
This is Spinal Tap
There might be movies that are funnier than This is Spinal Tap, but we can’t think of any at the moment. It definitely helped that a large part of the movie was apparently the result of improvisation between the actors. That’s how they got credited as writers for the movie! Exhibit A: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever”. Yes, that was delivered off the cuff!
We might as well mention Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Bomb since we’ve mentioned other Kubrick works. This black political comedy was definitely ahead of its time when it first came out. We bet the innovative lack of script helped it reach the level of success it did. The crew actually made this decision because they wanted to see creative input from the actors. It worked— even the Nazi salute Sellers does was an impromptu move.
No one else could have given the main character in Zoolander the same treatment that Ben Stiller did. It was such an iconic part and the actor seemed like he knew exactly who his character was. It also showed in the graveyard scene shared by his character and the hand model. As David Duchovny gave a speech about male models becoming assassins, Ben Stiller mistakenly asked for an explanation exactly after he was given one! It was completely in character so it was a good thing that Duchovny was able to play along with him.
Of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning the 1980 horror flick The Shining. Jack Nicholson proves that he’s the closest we have to a king of improvisation. Remember him peering into the smashed bathroom door, yelling “Here’s Johnny!” We bet you do. However, here’s something you didn’t know beforehand: it was an improvised scene that was meant to be a tribute to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Harrison Ford played everyone’s favorite intergalactic smuggler. The movie was full of legendary scenes, but let’s focus on the sweet moment between Princess Leia and Hans Solo. As they were about to be separated, the former says, “I love you.” Solo only replies, “I know.” It wasn’t in the script but it still managed to be a famous scene!
Gene Wilder might have starred in Young Frankenstein, but he’s not the one whose improv skills we wanted to recognize. Nope, this time let us give kudos to Marty Feldman and his performance as Igor. It’s a good thing that director Mel Brooks actively encouraged them to improvise and play around. Props to Feldman for coming up with the line “What hump?” as well as his deadpan delivery.
Many of the cast members of Animal House had improv backgrounds under their belt. We’re glad that they were able to show off their talents in the movie. In the cafeteria scene, John Belushi pretty much came up with everything on his own there and then. Yup, including the zit joke.
Dumb and Dumber
It would be difficult to find a pair of actors funnier than Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the comedy flick Dumb and Dumber. We need you to recount the scene when they were on the way to Aspen. In the truck, the two begin playing tag and Carrey makes what he calls ‘the most annoying sound in the world’. Nope, that was not in the original screenplay!
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series has completely elevated the status of fantasy films. The actors also helped in the success of the films, of course. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn was devastated when he thought the hobbit cousins were dead. Viggo Mortensen went all out in the scene as he kicked a helmet and subsequently screamed. However, he was actually howling because he broke his toe in the process.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
For people of the younger generation, this is the franchise that got them started on fantasy. However, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there was a scene that you would not find in both the books and the screenplay. We are talking about the scene when the matriarch and patriarch of the large Weasley family were trying to come up with a way to punish the boys. Apparently, it took about a dozen takes before they decided to move on. They simply went with the take that involved Arthur Weasley asking our main character, “What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?” It was a line that made everyone think so it’s fascinating to learn that it was off the cuff!
Here’s an interesting trivia about Rick Moranis: he started his performance career as an improv artist in Chicago! That’s probably why he was so great at coming up with his own lines for Ghostbusters. Director Ivan Reitman has actually spoken about the actor’s gift. When asked about the party speech, he said that “Rick just made all of it up as he was doing it.”
Like many other actors, Bill Murray’s career was jumpstarted by his performances on SNL. It was sad to hear him go, but at least we could still watch him in movies like Caddyshack. Some of the bits that he improvised were the Dalai Lama and Cinderella monologues. For the latter, the script just indicated, “Carl cuts off the tops of flowers with a grass whip.”
Seth Rogen first made a name for himself after starring in Freaks and Geeks with his pals James Franco and Jason Segel. However, his performance in Knocked Up made him even more popular! In the film, he worked again with director-writer Judd Apatow who is well-known for his openness to collaboration with actors. Rogen must have been allowed a certain degree of freedom in the film. Did you know that he personally came up with the reference to Munich?
There are many sequels in Hollywood that fail to live up to the expectations set by its predecessor. Aliens is not one of them. Everyone enjoyed watching Sigourney Weaver reprise the role of Ellen Ripley in the second installment of the sci-fi franchise. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie involves Bill Paxton shouting, “Game over, man.” That’s why it’s nothing short of surprising to learn that the line was off the cuff!
It would be hard to mess up a movie that has Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, and Bill Murray together. This is practically a fool-proof way to make a successful movie! In the romantic comedy, Murray was given the role of Jeff. It’s not the biggest role in the movie but his talent shone anyway. The director knew how good Murray was at improvisation so he gave the actor permission to use his skill for the party scene.
The Third Man
We have nothing but respect for the actor, director, producer, and writer Orson Welles. The man is simply a genius whose talents are unrivaled! If that’s not impressive enough for you, he came up with this iconic The Third Man speech: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.”
The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep is just one of those actresses whose reputation precedes her performances. Her portrayal of Miranda Priestly is probably her best work. She was able to get into character so well that she could come up with great lines by herself. Her improvised lines include the unforgettable declaration that, “Everybody wants to be us.”
This time, we would like to talk about what is perhaps the greatest gangster film of all time. The title goes to The Godfather, of course. It made its way to the list for Richard Castellano’s quick wit. Remember when Paulie Gatto botched up his assassination attempt? It’s sad to see him die, but Castellano’s “take the cannoli” orders was unbelievably bad-ass.
When you think of the 1942 film Casablanca, we bet you can already hear Humphrey Bogard saying, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” It’s the single most iconic line from the romantic classic! That’s why it is pretty hard to believe that this wasn’t in the script. The story goes that the writers heard Humphrey Bogart say the line to Ingrid Bergman. It’s a good thing they know a good one-liner when they hear one!
Did you know that Titanic became the highest grossing movie during the time of its release? The movie is easily one of the most well-known romantic films of all time! It’s simply a great work of art whichever way you look at it. The scene that landed it on our list would be when Jack is drawing Rose. Leo DiCaprio messed up his lines when he told Kate Winslet, “Go lie on the bed… I mean the couch.” Yeah, the actor’s nervousness was on par with his character and James Cameron approved of this deviation from the screenplay.
Lost In Translation
Another modern classic would have to be Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. Watching Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray partying in the Tokyo metropolis is certainly an experience. Interestingly, the two weren’t meant to kiss in the last part. The actor and actress decided to add that on their own. The same goes for the infamous whisper that everyone is still trying to figure out to date.
40 Year Old Virgin
We would have a tough time choosing one favorite scene from the 2005 film 40 Year Old Virgin. That’s how funny it was! Most comedians will know a thing or two about improvisation, members of the cast included. They used these skills to make the film even better than it would have been. If you need a concrete example, try to remember the scene where Steve Carrell gets his chest waxed. That was actually the real thing! This is the reason why everyone’s acting was better than ever—their reactions were genuine!
Clueless is well-adored for its cute storyline, amazing outfits, and excellent acting. Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd were also adorable together, though that goes without saying! However, the reason it’s on the list is for a line that Donald Faison delivered off the cuff: “I’m just keepin’ it real.” According to the actor, he wanted to try out saying that after hearing his neighbor say it.
Bridesmaids is certainly our favorite romantic comedy of the decade! It was comedy gold and the acting was fantastic, period. No one will ever be able to forget the iconic food poisoning scene as the gang was out shopping for dresses. Did you know that Maya Rudolph dropping down in the middle of the street in her beautiful dress was completely improvised? It’s unbelievable, but that was how it was.
Pretty Woman is yet another romantic comedy that has a timeless quality to it. So which scene involves improvisation? It was actually the one in which Richard Gere presents a necklace to Julia Roberts. Gere teases his co-star by shutting the lid of the box just as she holds out her hand. This playful scene was not in the script, but they decided it was worth putting in the final cut!
This is a movie that just about everyone adores and for a good reason. No other film has made us laugh, cry, and cheer as much as this one did. So which scene was performed off the cuff? Surprisingly, it happens to be, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.” Tom Hanks stumbled over his lines with this one but the director liked it a lot.
Sam Mendes, the director of American Beauty, encouraged creativity in his set by giving the cast members plenty of freedom. It’s pretty incredulous, but the infamous dinner scene was actually improvised. The actors simply received some guidelines to follow, but they came up with everything else.
Reservoir Dogs is a brilliant film that is full of dark humor. If you’ve ever watched the film, you probably remember it whenever the song “Stuck in the Middle With You” comes on. For this list, we want to focus on the scene that involves an ear getting cut off. Apparently, Madsen deserves credit for the one-liner, “Can you hear that?” Moreover, he also came up with his own responses and dance moves.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
We’ve mentioned one of the Harry Potter movies earlier, but this time let us talk about the final installment. Shooting the entire series took well over a decade and most actors and actresses reprised their roles for each film. There’s no doubt they knew their part very well by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This is probably how Ralph Fiennes was able to keep revising Lord Voldemort’s final speech in the movie. He was doing this so that they can get genuine reactions from the other actors!
Sometimes, unexpected and unplanned things turn out to be a stroke of genius. That’s how it was for the sci-fi film The Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re sure you’re familiar with the line, “I’ll be back”. Apparently, the actor came up with it on his own! In the script, it only says that the character walks away in silence.
Citizen Kane was nothing short of a revelation when it was released in 1941. These days, it still manages to impress viewers from all over the globe. That’s just how good Orson Welles is! Did you know that he starred, wrote, and directed the film? We can safely say that he was facing a lot of stress at the time. Maybe that’s why “Rosebud” slipped out of his mouth instead of “No, my sled.” Regardless, it was a happy mistake and Welles decided to use as the opening line.
The Wizard Of Oz
When Judy Garland improvised the iconic line “I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, she could not have predicted how much it would impact the project. If she didn’t come up with it, The Wizard of Oz would have been called After The Tornado and Wicked would not have been created! It was a mistake according to the screenplay, but everyone liked it so much that they had to change the film completely. This was how the magical land of Oz was birthed. The Wizard of Oz became a huge hit and we doubt it would be the classic it is otherwise!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Anyone familiar with the franchise can tell you how crazy the character Captain Jack Sparrow is. It’s a good thing the part was given to an actor as talented as Johnny Depp. Did you know that he adlibbed many scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest? It’s true, even the “I got a jar of dirt!” song was all Depp. It’s amazing that it became so popular even though it was an on-the-spot invention.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The younger generation might be more familiar with the Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we still prefer the movie version. After all, Jim Carrey was fantastic in the role of Count Olaf. The actor went off the cuff several times and he was apparently great at it! He even addressed the film crew during one take and said, “Wait! Let me do that one more time! Give me the light again. Quickly, while it’s fresh in my mind!” It was simply too good to cut out.
Inglourious Basterds is a tale of a band of Jews out to exact revenge on the Nazis. This is an unforgettable film for many reasons. Remember Brad Pitt’s heavy accent and horrible Italian? However, we would like to redirect your attention to Christoph Waltz’s Hans Landa. He was an excellent actor but the director portrayed the character in one specific shot. Tarantino himself did the strangling of Diane Krueger in order to wrap the scene up immediately. Diane Krueger knew what was going to happen but we wonder if she expected to actually pass out in the process.
Channing Tatum deserves kudos for his wonderful performance in Foxcatcher. However, some scenes in the movie must have been especially difficult to perform. We are, of course, talking about the breakdown his character suffers. Watching him hurt himself is already powerful, but it was excruciating to see him break the mirror using his head. Apparently, it wasn’t part of the screenplay. It was incredibly powerful, however, and they decided to include it in the movie.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
All right, if you need clarification about which Spider-Man flick this is, it’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. In one shot, we can see Emma calling out “Peter!” before she immediately covers her mouth with her hand. Apparently, it was a genuine flub. However, the director must have seen how much sense it made for the film so they decided to keep it.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Henry Jones spent a lot of time trying to get his son to realize that Elsa was a Nazi Spy. Indy was too enamored to realize this for the majority of the film. When he comes to his senses, he asks his father how he found out. “She talks in her sleep,” Sean Connery quipped, though this wasn’t in the script. They liked the take so much they kept it in the film!
Thor: The Dark World
The eponymous character in Thor: The Dark World makes his entrance by hanging the Warhammer in a hook. It was adorable to watch Chris Hemsworth do it so nonchalantly! However, this bit was actually not a part of the script. When the director saw this, he knew it was comedy gold and decided to have them redo the shot that way.
Inception created a lot of buzz when it came out in 2010. The concept was fascinating as well as the relationship between the characters played by Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. They exchange witty banter throughout the film, but our favorite line was partly improvised. Hardy only added ‘darling’ to the one-liner, “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger”, but it made a lot of difference!
The Incredible Hulk
“I hear you have an unusual problem. What if I told you we were putting a team together…” was the way Iron Man tried to convince Thunderbolt Ross to join them in The Incredible Hulk. Impressively, it wasn’t in the script! In fact, the entire bar scene was meant to be a silent one. It’s a good thing that Downey decided to make it more lively without sacrificing his character’s personality.
The Hangover was clearly comedy gold and we have to thank the actors alongside the writers for this gem of a movie. It deserves a spot on this list for the scene shared by Zach Galifianakis and the baby. It was pretty scandalous and Galifianakis even expressed regrets about what he did: “The one improv that will haunt me for the rest of my life, is the [scene where I] make the baby [unknowingly mimic a sexual act].” However, you should take note that the so-called baby was actually just a doll.
Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is a pretty unique movie for several reasons. You have the incredible premise, for one thing, as well as the fact that many scenes were adlibbed! This includes the scene where Ed was trying to comfort Shaun. He tells him stories about his regulars and the actors only came up with these tales there and then!
Good Morning Vietnam
We all miss Robin Williams and his brilliance. Here’s a reminder of how good he had been at his craft. In Good Morning Vietnam, he actually invented a lot of the radio broadcasts. Isn’t that impressive? You just need to look at this improvised line to see how talented the man was: “Goooood morning, Vietnam! Hello campers, remember Monday is Malaria day! That’s right, time to take that big orange pill.”
Crazy Stupid Love
Every woman in the world has probably dreamt of reacting the Dirty Dancing lift. You know which one we’re talking about. Emma Stone was sure a lucky gal to have done it with Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love. However, it was the two actors who came up with it. Gosling explained in an interview what actually happened: “Well when I go out dancing with my friends and we get drunk, we try and do the Dirty Dancing lift. That’s where it came from and it seemed like a good idea at the time.”
If you saw 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, you probably remember the scene where the main character decides to shave his head after getting diagnosed with cancer. Rogen later explained that this part was actually not in the screenplay. Apparently, they just thought of it while they were in the middle of the shoot. They must have been nervous since they only had one shot to do it right. Luckily, everything went well and it was used in the movie.
When you have the eccentric Sacha Baron Cohen playing the main character, it’s not hard to imagine that there was a lot of improvisation involved. That was how it was for Borat. One example would involve Cohen and a team of feminists. He tells them that every woman has a “brain the size of squirrel”. While it was off the cuff, it was the perfect addition to the scene.
We can’t think of a film that has more accurately depicted the hassles of dating than this one. In one scene, we have Diane Keaton complaining how “You never want to try anything new.” In the following shot, we can see the two of them seated and offered some cocaine. As Woody Allen inspects the powder, he accidentally sneezes! It was a quirky touch even if it was unintentional.
Let’s take another look at an improvisation by Jack Nicholson. This time, it is for the 2006 crime film The Departed, where he stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. In one scene, their characters had been talking until Nicholson brings out a gun and points it right at DiCaprio. You can see the shock in the latter’s face and it has little to do with talent. It was a genuine response since he was uninformed of this new addition!
The boat scene was actually largely adlibbed by Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pine only had praises for his co-actor: “She’s delivering lines like, ‘My father is Zeus’ – shit that is just so ridiculous. And she has to say it with a straight face, with a certain amount of innocence and earnestness. I get to react like any human being would to hearing something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy.”
Mars Attacks! was created as Tim Burton’s homage to alien invasion flicks that were popular in the 1950s. Do you remember the sound the Martians made? “Ack! Ack! Ack!” It was not actually planned if you can believe it. It was Frank Welker who made it up then and there. It was pretty catchy so there’s no wonder why it caught on!