Film Bloopers That Made the Cut and Became Legendary
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.
Full Metal Jacket
This is an iconic movie about the Vietnam War and featured an unforgiving sergeant, who challenged his men to be all they could be. R. Lee Ermey was not initially cast for the film as he was meant to be a technical director. But his experience as a drill instructor got directors to cast him.
It was one of the breakout films of the 1980s, and everyone wanted to be able to dance like Johnny and Baby. During the film, while Johnny and Baby were rehearsing, they crawled across the floor toward each other. It turns out that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were horsing around in that scene.
The Shining brought to life Stephen King’s book of the same name. In it, we saw Jack Nicholson portray an author as he unravels mentally into a deranged state. When Nicholson yelled, “Here’s Johnny!” it was off-script. But the director decided to include it and it is the most famous line from the film.
We were all terrified by the debut of Jaws, a film about the eponymous shark that wreaks havoc on a small seaside town. Its most memorable line is arguably, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” This line was not in the original script and referred to a joke that crew members were making about limited filming space onboard.
A Few Good Men
Jack Nicholson delivered another iconic line in this film. His tole as General Nathan Jessop gathered momentum as he testified in a military court with Tom Cruise’s character cross-examining him. “You can’t handle the truth!” was not the script’s original line, but as Nicholson delved deeper into his role, directors decided to keep it.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” This is undoubtedly one of the most famous film lines of all time. It’s strange to think that the line Humphrey Bogart delivered to Ingrid Bergman wasn’t in the script. He’d used it first while teaching her to play poker and liked it so much that he snuck it into his lines.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
This is one scene where nature has added a striking, natural effect to the movie scene. Eowyn is looking out at the horizon in this particular scene when suddenly one of the nearby flags is ripped from its pole by the wind. This event creates more drama in the scene, but was totally unplanned.
There were several comedic moments, one of which was when Forrest and Bubba met. Bubba introduces himself using his full name “My given name is Benjamin Beauford Blue. People call me Bubba”, to which Forrest Gump responded in kind. The line wasn’t in the script but Tom Hanks nailed it.
Robert Downey Jr. had the munchies so much in this movie that the director decided to make it a part of his character as Tony Stark. The snacks came from the craft services table, which Downey took an immense liking too. We must say, the munching added an interesting and natural element to his character.
The Dark Knight
Everyone enjoyed this iconic Batman movie made in 2008 and featuring the talented Heath Ledger. Wanting to add his own evil spin to the Joker character, Ledger included entertaining elements of sarcasm. The most notable example was his slow, mocking clapping from his prison cell at one stage, giving another nasty dimension to this loathsome character.
Rocky is definitely a favorite franchise from the previous century. Because the first movie was created on a shoestring budget, Rocky took to the streets running. Those around him never had a clue that they were going to be in this movie. The orange throwing scene was also totally spontaneous, with the producers never dreaming of its future success as a franchise.
Tony Stark needs to keep his energy up by constantly snacking on whatever is available. Grabbing a handful of blueberries and offering these to his co-characters such as Captain America or Bruce Banner in the middle of a scene, became a key element of this movie. Robert Downey Jr. was so hungry, the producers had no option but to run with his appetite.
Matthew Lillard played the role of killer Stuart Macher in this movie. In one scene, he reaches for a gun in a nearby drawer, only to find it isn’t there as planned. Improvising as the pro he is, he states, “Houston we have a problem”, rather than having to redo the entire scene. Even though he is the killer, this moment added more suspense.
What do you do when the icing on your face is beginning to melt under hot movie lights? No problem for Robin William. As the consummate actor he was, he rescued the moment when the icing began dripping into Mrs. Sellner’s coffee. Quickly, Robin improvised by saying she had her cream and sugar too with her coffee. A brilliant moment.
Leave it to Kevin Spacey to take a basic scene and turn it into one of brilliance. Intended to angrily throw a plate against a wall, Spacey instead flung it at the wall behind Thora Birch. Her reaction was one of complete shock, making viewers question whether acting can ever be as completely genuine as real life.
Raiders of The Lost Ark
Indy is the man with a plan, or so you thought. When he meets a warrior with a sword, there was supposed to be a duel to the death. However, Harrison Ford had food poisoning that day on set. The script was rewritten on the day of shooting, and Indiana Jones just pulled out a revolved to get rid of the fighter. As a result, the moment has become one of the most recognizable in movie history.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt has butterfingers in one scene where he drops an orb, but doesn’t break a sweat as he makes it a relatable part of his character. This little faux-pas made the hero so much more approachable, so the director made the decision to keep it in the movie.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
What’s the worst response to “I love you”? You’ve got it. “I know.” That’s how Han Solo replied to Princess Leia in Star Wars. It has become so memorable that the response has been used in other movies and real life – to show someone indirectly that you don’t feel the same way.
The Princess Diaries
Anne Hathaway shares some of her Mia character’s traits in this movie. Who knew this lovely actress could be just as clumsy as the character she was playing? Falling off the bleachers when chatting with her bestie wasn’t planned, but it was so funny that it stayed in the movie.
DiCaprio is known for his superb acting talent. When he breaks a glass in his hand and starts bleeding all over the place, what does he do? He finishes the scene, of course. He only got medical attention after the act but his pro approach has made this scene quite legendary.
The Silence of the Lambs
Include hissing sounds to ramp up suspense when sharing how many people you’ve murdered. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant, and he convinced Jodie of how evil he was in a brief 25 minutes. So much so that she hardly had to plan her response. His performance continues to chill to the bone.
The Usual Suspects
Being serious sometimes just has to be lightened up with a case of spontaneous giggling. This is what happens in one scene in this movie. The director lost control despite efforts to get back to the script, but he lost the battle. The upshot? The natural giggling responses stayed.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When the actors and actresses aren’t on the same page, things can get funny. Jim Carrey thought Kate Winslet was meant to be in one of his scenes. In a panic, he looks around for her. The cameraman captures his genuine concern for his co-star but it was misplaced. She wasn’t meant to be there after all.
The Amazing Spider-Man
“Do I look like the mayor of Tokyo?” was an impromptu joke made by the police captain as a Godzilla reference because he didn’t believe what Peter Parker was saying when he asked for help. It resulted in a comedic moment that wasn’t meant to be there, providing a moment of concern as to whether Spiderman or The Lizard would triumph
Thor: The Dark World
Just because you’re one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe, doesn’t mean you don’t have to be a gentleman. Chris Hemsworth was exactly that when he hung his giant hammer onto a nearby coat hook to be sure he was tidy. A bit off-script but including personality is guaranteed to add appeal.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise delivered stellar performances in this film, which was a surprising success. In the phone booth scene where Cruise’s character takes his brother with him to prevent him from wandering off, Hoffman genuinely passed gas, which wasn’t in the script. Both actors stayed in character, and the scene is among fans’ favorites.
A young Robert DeNiro delivered an outstanding performance in this film, in which his character’s only obligation was to speak to himself in the mirror. His subsequent monologue, “Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?” was improvised and unscripted, but more than memorable for most moviegoers.