Actors, like the rest of us, make mistakes while filming. But many of them have enough skill to stay in character and pull it off. Others ad-lib lines that weren’t in the script, and directors know in that instant that they will become iconic moments. Here are some examples.
Leonardo DiCaprio is masterful in his improv lines. When he opted to shout “I’m the king of the world” in one scene, it sounded so impressive that James Cameron elected to keep it. It felt right, it sounded convincing, and no matter how cheesy it sounded, it worked well.
Vito Corleone is an iconic character from the film The Godfather. The mob boss, played by Marlon Brando, made an impact on audiences around the world. The scene where he sits stroking a kitten made him look even more intimidating. As it turns out, the kitten wandered on set, and Brando picked it up.
The 40-year-old Virgin
Steve Carrell and his quick wit made this beloved character even more memorable. There are many one-liners in the film that weren’t in the script. And the scene where Carrell gets his chest waxed, his response is authentic as he insisted on an actual waxing, and his oath, “Kelly Clarkson!” was an ad-lib.