Every person has their own opinions regarding what makes a good movie. And good movies are hard to find because there are a lot of things that can ruin a movie.
The script can suck. Marketing can go wrong. Or the actors and directors might not work together well.
More often than not a movie is deemed as unsuccessful if it doesn’t make enough money. Sometimes there are just lots of mistakes that are made and things just don’t go as planned. It can take a lot of takes to get things right. But sometimes when things go wrong, they actually are going right.
Here are 20 Magical Movie Moments That Weren’t Scripted:
1) The Silence of The Lambs – The Hiss Scene
Anthony Hopkins used to make a hissing noise during rehearsals to scare Jodie Foster. He ended up using it to create a creepy moment in The Silence of The Lambs. That scene and the less than 25 minutes that he was in the film earned him an Academy Award.
2) True Lies – Sexy Dance Scene
We all remember the scene in True Lies where Jamie Lee Curtis’ character is doing a sexy dance. But Curtis actually fell during the scene. You can see Arnold Schwarzenegger attempt to help her but she jumped up and continued to dance. It fit the clumsy character so they kept it in the movie.
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3) Raiders of the Lost Ark – Sword vs. Gun Scene
The scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones looks like he’s about to engage in a sword fight only to pull out his gun and shoot a guy is hilarious. But it wasn’t supposed to be in the movie. Harrison Ford got food poisoning and couldn’t perform the full action scene on film day which was rehearsed for weeks. So they improvised and made it more humorous than action-packed.
4) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Flying Knife Scene
This scene actually has a crazy story behind it. The actor throwing the knife missed and it ended up going straight toward Viggo Mortensen. Thankfully he took some fencing lessons and was able to fend it off with his sword.
5) From Dusk Till Dawn – Slavery Joke
George Clooney is a pretty funny dude. That’s why they left his hilarious joke in From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s the scene where the vampire says “Welcome to slavery” and Clooney improvises and says “No thanks, I already have a wife.”
6) Spider-Man – Learning to Use A Web
Actor Tobey Maguire thought the movie Spider-Man needed a scene where Spider-Man has to learn how to, well, be Spider-Man. It shows Peter Parker learning how to shoot his spider webs. The scene was so good it stayed in the movie.
7) Thor: The Dark World – Thor Hanging Up His Hammer
What would Thor do after a long day? He’d come up and hang up his hammer. Or at least that’s what Chris Hemsworth thought he’d do. So, the improvisation stayed in the movie.
8) The Godfather – The Cat Scene
Don Corleone never had a cat in the script of The Godfather. But when a cat appeared on set, Marlon Brando scooped it up. It came off as a good contrast to Corleone talking about beating up a guy.
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9) Iron Man – Eating Scenes
Robert Downey Jr. was known to bring his own food set. He would hide it and eat it during scenes. When filming Iron Man they decided to have Tony Stark eating all the time since it made a funny joke.
10) Mission: Impossible 2 – Knife Scene
In this scene, you’re watching Tom Cruise’s eye almost being poked out in real life. The actor Cruise is fighting swung the knife and almost got Cruise. Thankfully he was saved by a safety cable at the handle of the knife.
11) Rocky – The Market Running Scene
Sylvester Stallone was running through a real market during this scene in Rocky. The budget wasn’t big enough to afford a crowd scene. So, when a seller threw an orange to Rocky in the movie, that was real.
12) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Polyjuice Potion Scene
Malfoy’s response to Harry Potter disguised with Polyjuice potion is improvised. Tom Felton forgot his line. So, when Harry said, “I was reading,” Felton replied: “Reading? I didn’t know you could read.” It fit in perfectly with the character of Malfoy so they kept it.
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13) Titanic – King Of The World Scene
The “I’m the king of the world” scene from Titanic is one of the most iconic scenes in the movie. Everyone knows that scene. But what’s less well known is that the scene was improvised by DiCaprio.
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14) Midnight Cowboy – Almost Hit By A Taxi Script
It takes a lot of professional skill to almost get hit by a car and stay in character. But that’s exactly what Dustin Hoffman did when he was almost hit by a taxi in the movie Midnight Cowboy. The result was the famous line: “Hey, can’t you see I’m walking here?!”
15) The Usual Suspects – Facial Recognition Scene
The facial recognition scene in The Usual Suspects was supposed to a straight scene. However, the actors didn’t see it that way. They were having a good time making fun of each other. Somehow their tomfoolery made it into the movie and ended up as a main part of the film.
16) Pretty Woman – Necklace Scene
One of Pretty Woman’s more famous scene’s is when Vivian is presented with a fancy jewel necklace. Edward then slams the box closed on her fingers as a joke. That was a joke in real life. Julia Roberts’ laughing reaction was left in the film.
17) Good Will Hunting – Farting Wife Scene
A hilarious scene from Good Will Hunting involves Robin Williams’ character telling a story about his late wife’s fart. It caused Matt Damon’s character to laugh hysterically. That’s because Williams made up the story on the spot. You can see the camera shake a little bit because the cameraman was laughing too.
18) Reservoir Dogs – ‘You Hear That’ Scene
Director Quentin Tarantino didn’t have anything scripted for Vic Vega to do after chopping off an ear. So, actor Michael Madsen improved. He did a little dance ask talks into the ear saying: “Hey, what’s going on? You hear that?”
19) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Wonka’s Entrance
Willy Wonka makes an iconic entrance in the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when he pretends to limp and then somersaults. And none of it was scripted. Gene Wilder wanted to set a precedent from the film to let people know that you’d never know if Wonka was telling the truth or not.
20) Roman Holiday – Mouth of Truth Scene
The scene in Roman Holiday where Audrey Hepburn’s character hits Gregory Peck’s character after he scares is completely real. Peck scared Hepburn without her knowing. I love the sneaky little smile on his face.
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