Sometimes, the most entertaining part of a movie is watching the bloopers afterward. Yet, what happens when both bloopers and mistakes happen that actually get kept in the final cut? What happens are moments that often go down in history for being so iconic.
The best part is with a lot of these types of occurrences, they feel so natural that you’d never know they really weren’t supposed to happen. To keep you entertained for the next several minutes, we’re going to share with you several of them.
Come back flag
Do you notice the flag that is flying away in the distance? Yeah, as it turns out, that flag was supposed to stay right on the pole. The thing about it is with Eowyn just staring out in the distance, the flag being ripped off the pole really just fit well with the entire scene.
It’s not as if the scene wouldn’t have been good if they decided to do a retake, but leaving the flag flying in the distance was probably the right call by the director.
Shattering a window
In the scene from Blade Runner where actor Daryl Hannah is running away panicked, she ends up slipping and shattering the window in the van that you see. Nope, that wasn’t intended to happen and was nothing more than a freak accident.
The slip was so bad that the actor was taken to the hospital afterward. Turns out, she ended up breaking her elbow from the accident. As for the take, though, it managed to stay in the final movie. It fit really well.
Can’t keep a straight face
Whenever a director gets upset at the actors, you almost fully expect there to be a retake. When it came to the infamous scene in The Usual Suspects where the characters were all in a lineup, though, things didn’t go down the way they were supposed to.
The director wanted a serious tone for the scene, but the actors couldn’t keep a straight face because one of them was passing some gas. No retake occurred, though, so the director must’ve not been too upset.
The cat from The Godfather
To call The Godfather an infamous movie is like saying that Michael Jordan was a popular athlete. It just makes the movie all the more better that one of the most iconic scenes went down a little differently than it was supposed to.
When Don Vito Corleone is delivering his brutal orders, he’s doing so while petting a cat. Well, that cat just randomly showed up on set and wound up on the actor’s lap. That take was never designed to include the cat, but it made it even more memorable.
Robert Downey Jr. eating snacks
This one is just flat out hilarious. For whatever reason, the director of The Avengers couldn’t get Robert Downey Jr. to stop sneaking snacks behind the scenes. So, the scenes where you see him eating anything are probably non-scripted, in some capacity.
What makes this even better is when you think about how natural he is while playing Tony Stark. It just really goes to show that Robert Downey Jr. was probably having the time of his life playing that character.
People call me Forrest Gump
There are some characters in movies that can really get away with anything, and Forrest Gump was certainly one of those. So, it’s no surprise that there was a scene where Tom Hanks decided to go off the rails a little bit.
Well, to be fair, he said what he said by accident. Anyway, when he says, “My name’s Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.” That last part was something that wasn’t supposed to be said. Yet, it fit the character so well that he’d follow-up by saying that.
Dustin Hoffman passing gas
People sometimes forget that celebrities and anyone who’s famous, honestly, are people too. They’re not all that different from us when it really comes down to it. During the filming of Rain Man, there was a scene with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise where Dustin Huffman ended up passing some gas.
Instead of making a big deal out of it, however, the actors continued on with the take and made the entire thing feel natural. It would’ve been so easy, though, for the two to bust out in laughter.
Really knowing your role
There are many actors in the business that really like to immerse themselves in the characters that they play. Yet, when it came to R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket, he literally was the role.
He was a Parris Island Marine drill instructor and while he initially came on to the set as a technical adviser, his role would change significantly. He ended up getting a role in the film and ended up improvising all the training scenes himself. Talk about making life easier on the writers and producers.
Taking an accidental fall
If someone is playing a clumsy character, accidental falls are never going to be a big deal. That would be one advantage of playing such a role, as you can just keep the falls in the movie.
Anyway, this happened during the filming of The Princess Diaries. The scene was the one where the two girls are walking on the bleachers, and then one of them takes a fall. Yep, you guessed it, that fall was an accident, but it ended up making the final cut.
Breaking the coffee table
Genuine reactions make good actors great. It’s part of the art of acting. The reason we bring this up is truly genuine scenes can make movies so much better, and they are sometimes actually genuine. Such was the case during Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Remember when Nick the Greek ended up breaking the coffee table? That was a pure accident, and the look on the actor’s face afterward was his genuine reaction to the happening. Thus, that created a memorable scene that the director probably knew needed to be included.
Immersing into the role
One of the reasons why Al Pacino is regarded as one of the greatest actors of all-time is because he takes every role he plays extremely seriously. During his preparation for his role in Scent of a Woman, he wouldn’t allow his eyes to focus on anything to better simulate the idea of being blind.
Well, because of his vision being somewhat compromised because of it, there was a scene where he accidentally fell over a garbage can. The respect for Al Pacino just got taken to another level.
Dwyane turning into The Rock
During Fast and Furious 6, there was an infamous line that Dwyane Johnson ended up saying (you can see it in the photo). He ended up coming up with the comeback by himself because Hobbs, the character, wasn’t supposed to say anything.
What we think is Dwyane went back to his old-school self and became The Rock in that one moment. After all, if you used to follow his career as a wrestler, that’s a line he would’ve definitely said as a retort to somebody else.
Hissing out of the blue
Anthony Hopkins has garnered some serious praise over the years for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs. What’s probably going to take a lot of fans’ appreciation even higher of the performance is learning what he did.
While he was explaining his crimes to an FBI agent, he lets out an eerie and creepy hissing sound. That was something that the brilliant actor decided to improvise, and it made his character even more intimidating and crazy. It’s the small things sometimes.
Repeating the same line
This is one that you don’t see very often. Even the best of the best tend to forget their lines from time to time, but rarely do you see an actor just go ahead and repeat a line that they had just said a few moments earlier. During Zoolander, Ben Stiller’s character says the line, “But why male models” on more than one occasion.
Due to his character in the film, it just seemed natural and planned. Yet, it was an instance of Ben Stiller forgetting his line.
Banging the chest
A lot of credit for this has to go to Leonardo DiCaprio. Basically, during the filming of The Wolf of Wall Street, there was a scene where Matthew McConaughey’s character was banging his chest. As it turns out, the actor did that before each take for relaxation.
Leonardo DiCaprio was the one who told him to do that during the actual scene, and it ended up working very well for the context. Actors helping actors is always something that makes movies and individual scenes better.
The fly getting some screen time
While filming, there are just some instances that you can’t predict. Stuff can happen on the fly, no pun intended with what is about to be talked about, and everyone around has to adjust to it. During Raiders of the Lost Ark, there was a moment where a fly randomly appeared on Belloq’s face.
Instead of doing the scene differently, the special effects team decided to erase the escape of the fly. So, for all the viewers, it led to something that was almost impossible to miss.
Picking up the gurney
All we’re going to say is this, if you make more than one appearance on a list of this nature, you know you’re a special actor. That’s the case for Tom Hanks, though most people know he’s something special.
Though it was a small improv he did while filming The Burbs, it’s still pretty cool that it happened. During the scene where his character lifts a gurney and tosses it in the ambulance, it was all done on the spot by Tom Hanks. Much respect right there.
The sheer dedication for the scene
If a normal actor would’ve gone through what Leonardo DiCaprio went through during a specific scene in Django Unchained, they would’ve probably called cut.
What happened is while filming, Leonardo ended up actually hurting himself. In fact, he was actually bleeding to a somewhat significant degree, but he ended up acting out the scene anyway. The blood in the scene was very much real, and it just goes to further show Leonardo’s dedication to his craft. One of the greats of his generation.
I’m walking here
Something that you’ve probably heard said in movies before is the infamous line, “I’m walking here.” The funny thing about the line is one of the first times it was said, during Midnight Cowboy, it was improvised and not even in the original script.
As Dustin Hoffman tells it, the one who uttered the line, in New York City while filming a scene during the movie, a cab driver ran a red light and drove right through the set. Many have felt the occurrence really wasn’t organic but who knows.
I know you love me
The best actors often have a great understanding of the characters that they play. While it’s ultimately up to the producers and writers to lay the groundwork for the characters, actors can have a little say. Harrison Ford, without question, is one of those actors.
During Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back when Princess Leia says she loves Han Solo, he’s supposed to say, “I love you too.” Instead, Harrison Ford thought it was more appropriate for Han Solo to say, “I know.”
Real action during Mission: Impossible 2
When it comes to movies, everyone knows the action is “fake.” Well, as it turns out, stunt actors are stunt actors for a reason, in that there’s a real risk of injury for them. While filming Mission: Impossible 2, there was a stuntman that told Tom Cruise to not pull back on the final kick.
Per the request, he didn’t, and the kick landed right on the stuntman’s jaw. John Woo, seeing the greatness of the shot, decided to use the entire thing, and we certainly don’t blame him for that.
Terror of riding roller coasters
Roller Coasters, you either love them or you really don’t like them. During the opening montage of Knocked Up, one of the actors (Jay Baruchel) was clearly not having any of the rollercoaster ride.
Here’s what’s crazy about that, though, the actor actually agreed to appear in the movie without any clothes on (during a scene) just to get out of the ride. Well, everyone pushed him to actually go on the ride, and he ended up being stuck doing both. He got the short end of that stick for sure.
Hanging up the hammer
If you’ve watched a lot of the movies starring The Avengers, you know that there’s a lot of kidding around that happens. A lot of that happens behind the scenes too.
Take Thor: The Dark World as a great example of that. Chris Hemsworth, Thor, was just trying to be funny when he attempted to hang up his hammer on a coat rack. However, it turned out to be so good that the director ended up including the bit in the final movie.
Too small of a home
The best mistakes and bloopers that make it into movies are the ones that you’d never know were mistakes, to begin with. Do you remember the scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf is having a hard time moving through his tiny home?
Well, when he slams into the doorframe, it was done accidentally. Ian McKellen letting out a shout made the entire scene seem even more natural, and it was never cut from the final movie.
Crashing onto a pillar
Back to the Future fans remember that crazy scene from the second installment where Biff’s gang is chasing Marty (in the year 2015) on their hoverboards. Then, the gang goes crashing into the courthouse window. As it turns out, one of the three stuntmen ended up taking a very serious fall.
In fact, it was a stuntwoman that was sent slamming into a pillar and falling 30 feet below. She survived, thank goodness, and while you can’t see the impact in the film, you can still see her falling.
A lion and a tuna
One of the most bizarre scenes from The Other Guys is when Terry decides to tell Allen that if he were, say, a lion and Allen was actually a tuna, he would get himself into the ocean and eat Allen.
The latter simply wasn’t supposed to respond, but Will Ferrell decided to improvise a response to explain why a swimming lion would be a very odd idea. In the photo, you can see his full response. Credit to Will Ferrell as that was more than just a small improv moment.
Rocky running with regulars
Rocky is one of the most popular and beloved movies of all-time. Yet, during filming, the budget that they had was very small. Due to this, they had to cut corners in certain places. One of the places was with the filming of people in the background, while Rocky was running.
So, for most of the people that you see in the background during the movie, they had no idea they were being filmed. If nothing else, it made all their reactions all the more genuine, including the guy who tossed Rocky an orange, which he caught.
The Joker clapping
Oh, good old Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. We’re not here to sing his praises, even though he deserves every ounce of them, but we’re here to tell you that during the scene where he’s behind bars, he did a little bit of improv.
When Jim Gordon is promoted right there in front of the Joker, he ends up clapping in a very sarcastic manner. The way he did it was so symbolic of the character and the best part, that clap was never in the script. That’s called brilliant acting right there.
Feeling a little ill
Here’s just another reason why so many people have respect for Harrison Ford. During Raiders of the Lost Ark, there was a specific battle that was meant to be an intense duel. Yet, Harrison Ford was suffering from food poisoning but still showed up for the shooting.
So, the director made an audible at the last minute and turned an intense duel into one of the most iconic moments in the history of cinema. Huh, not bad when you consider the cards that were on the table.
Warming up before filming
All actors have different ways that they like to warm up before scenes, and some really like to get into their characters. In one of the scenes in Dirty Dancing, the one where Baby and Johnny are crawling toward one another, it was simply a case of the two actors warming up.
The occurrence came off as so natural and good that the director decided to actually include it in the film. Who would’ve known that it was truly just the two actors getting ready?
Houston, we have a problem
Alright, so you want to talk about an underrated actor, they don’t get much more underrated than Matthew Lillard. We just wanted to give that guy his due, as he’s been great for many years. In fact, during one of the final scenes of Scream, he decided to add his own flavor to it.
His character ends up realizing that the weapon they need is missing, and then he says, “Ah… Houston, we have a problem.” Yep, you guessed it, that line was never in the script.
Throwing the plate elsewhere
It’s the small things that make the biggest impact sometimes. A scene can be so much more impactful with the implementation of something small. Take American Beauty as a great example.
The scene in which Lester Burnham violently throws the plate at the wall was never supposed to occur. Instead, he was simply supposed to throw the plate at the floor. Yet, doing it aggressively at the wall made the scene all the more intense. All because Kevin Spacey thought it would be best to do it that way, brilliant.
The on-the-spot director
A lot of improv moments in movies come from the actors, but this one came straight from the director. During the filming of Titanic, James Cameron (the director of the film) decided to have Leo say, “I am the king of the world” right on the spot.
Basically, they had done quite a few takes with different lines, and he realized that nothing was fitting right. Looking back, it’s safe to say that line was the right call as it became arguably the most memorable moment in the entire film.
The waxing was real
Wow, this is called taking it to another level, and you’ll probably never be able to watch The 40-Year-Old Virgin in the same light again. So, in the scene where Steve Carell ends up getting some of his chest hair waxed, none of it is fake.
That’s right, the actor thought it would be more genuine and organic to actually have the waxing be real. While that definitely turned out to be the case, the actor later revealed that he’d never do it for a movie again.
Trying to find the disappearing girl
A lot of people credit Jim Carrey’s work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as some of the best work of his storied career. Yet, there was a moment in the film that was 100 percent organic. It’s during the scene where Kate Winslet’s character disappears.
For whatever reason, no one told Jim Carrey that the character would be gone. So, when he’s looking for her in complete disbelief, it’s all organic. Not a bad way to get more of a genuine reaction from an actor. Still, this one’s kind of bizarre.
Acting on the fly
This occurrence is from one of the more recent movies on this list. During the end of 1917 (the film), George MacKay ended up doing a bit of acting on the fly. Basically, while he’s running during the climax of the film, he was never meant to take any hits.
The actor would go on to reveal that during the shooting of the scene, he ended up taking a multitude of blows. But given that the director didn’t cut the shooting, he just kept progressing forward. Business as usual for him, and it turned out to be an incredibly epic moment.
Emerging from the ocean
Fans of Casino Royale and Daniel Craig may be interested to learn that a moment that’s highly remembered wasn’t even supposed to happen. Of course, this is alluding to the moment where Daniel Craig’s character emerges from the ocean in Casino Royale. The actor revealed there were two reasons it went down like that.
One, the water was too shallow for him to swim. Two, he thought he looked silly trying to look cool while swimming. So, he just got up and walked off.
The scene in Annie Hall
We’ve said it before, but it deserves to be said again, the “bloopers” that make it into movies that could’ve easily just been left bloopers are always the best. Such was the case in one particular scene during Annie Hall. Fans of the movie will remember when Alvy Singer is offered some illegal substances at a party.
Woody Allen, who played the role, just sneezed into them and a huge cloud of smoke resulted. The scene was unintentional, but it ended up making the final cut.
The brilliance of Robin Williams
Robin Williams made a name for himself in the world of Hollywood and was beloved by so many fans and so many of his peers. One of the moments where he went a little off-script was during Mrs. Doubtfire. During the scene where icing is covering his face, things didn’t quite go as planned.
The heat from the set lights made the icing melt a little bit, and then some ended up dripping into the tea. Robin then decided to improvise with the infamous line, “There you go, you’ve got your cream and your sugar now.”
Dropping the orb
Some scenes that get left in the final cut that really weren’t supposed to happen the way they did are rather insignificant, in the grand scheme of things. There was a moment during Guardians of the Galaxy where Chris Pratt ends up dropping an orb.
He wasn’t supposed to drop the orb but because he ended up picking it up while still in character, it stayed in. That might’ve been an instance of the director not wanting to shoot the scene again, honestly.
This is why you don’t stop acting until you hear ‘cut’
All of these bloopers that made the final cut remind us of why an actor shouldn’t stop acting until they hear “cut!” These are gold! Case in point – the 1988 comedy Scrooged.
After Bill Murray’s character throws water on the waiter, he makes his way out the restaurant, only to accidentally slip and fall to the floor. He calmly stands up and carries on, in character, but for a second, the man who plays the waiter turns around, as if he’s about to ask if they’re doing the scene again.
That’s gonna leave a mark
It’s widely known that stormtroopers have bad aim, but we have recently learned they’re generally very clumsy, too – at least, according to this blooper that makes a scene in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope hilarious to watch.
Actor Laurie Goode, who played one of the stormtroopers entering a control room, banged his head during the shooting of the scene, but thought he wasn’t in frame. When he watched the movie in the theatre, however, he knew, “OMG, that’s me!”
Billy Crystal just doing his thing
We love to hear about iconic movie lines that were improvised by the actors, but what about entire movie scenes? This type of thing wouldn’t work with every film, but when you have the right actor in the right production, a director can end up with magic on their hands.
It is said that nearly everything Billy Crystal did in The Princess Bride was improvised, as director Rob Reiner gave him freedom to ad lib, speak Yiddish, and generally just do his thing. Iconic!
The ‘over by the bed’ comment
You’d thing a gigantic production such as Titanic wouldn’t allow for any bloopers to make it into the final cut, but here’s a fun one. In the painting scene, when Rose gets ready to pose for Jack, he tells her to go “over by the bed,” then corrects it to “the couch.”
That was an actual mistake by Leo DiCaprio, but it fit so well, and added to the moment of awe and vulnerability of his character, the director decided to leave it in the movie.
‘Ask me again’
You might remember the moment in the movie Almost Famous when Penny Lane tells William she’s going to live in Morocco for a year, and she asks if he wants to come with her. He replies with an awkward “yes,” then says, “ask me again.”
Turns out, that was actually actor Patrick Fugit asking for another take, but director Cameron Crowe decided to leave the blooper in the movie as part of the dialogue between the characters, and we’re glad he did it!
Viggo Mortensen’s broken toe
This piece of information forever changed the way we watch The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Remember when Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas think Merry and Pippin were killed, and Aragorn lets out a scream of pain?
That wasn’t acting. Viggo Mortensen’s character had just kicked an Uruk helmet in anger for having failed his two friends, and while doing so, Viggo broke two of his toes. What we see in the movie is his actual scream of pain.
For the kid in you
We normally associate improvisations with comedians, or huge A-list stars who are established enough to really feel comfortable in front of the cameras, but actors in smaller roles can have great ideas too.
In “Die Hard,” the scene where Uli grabs and eats some candy bars was an improvisation by actor Al Leong, who felt the scene could use some comic relief. He did say, however, that he asked the director for permission first, as he didn’t want to be yelled at for “stealing” the snacks.
‘Let me do that one more time’
People loved Jim Carrey’s performance in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and it’s clear why – the actor was so connected to his Count Olaf, you couldn’t draw a line between the person and the character.
In the scene where Count Olaf meets the Baudelaire children and he says “Wait, let me do that one more time,” it was actually Carrey wanting another take – but he did it in character, the cameras kept rolling, and the quote ended up in the final cut of the movie.
The million dollar smile
It is often said that Julia Roberts has a “million-dollar smile,” so that means she probably also has a “million-dollar laugh,” right? We certainly thought so, after watching her performance in Pretty Woman.
Remember the scene where Richard Gere’s Edward presents Vivian with a new necklace? That was scripted, but Gere improvised the moment where he closes the case on her fingers as if it’s biting her, and the laugh is Julia Roberts’ honest reaction.
The 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamite is filled with hilariously iconic moments, but we were surprised to find out that one of the funniest scenes in the movie – in our humble opinion – was actually a blooper.
When Kip drives over the Tupperware bowl, it was supposed to slightly deform and get back to its shape. Seeing that it actually shattered under the wheel, actor Aaron Ruell improvised by letting out a “dang it!” and driving away in defeat.
That’s some quick thinking
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, actor Tom Felton almost ruined a scene after forgetting his line, but his quick thinking produced one of the funniest moments in the movie.
When his character Draco sees Gregory Goyle (actually Harry Potter in disguise) with glasses, he asks him what he’s doing with those. Goyle / Potter says he was reading, to which Draco replies “Reading?” and after a beat, “I didn’t know you could read.”
Matt Dillon falling out of his chair
As he’s hitting on Diane Lane’s character Cherry Valance, Matt Dillon’s Dallas “Dally” Winston puts his feet up, making himself more comfortable and possibly trying to look cool, only to fall out of his chair and to the floor, almost in slow motion.
He quickly gets up and keeps going as if nothing happened, and the director kept the scene in the movie, but you can actually spot C. Thomas Howell looking straight at the camera as he laughs.
That Vespa crash
The Vespa crash is the first funny moment in the 1973 coming-of-age film American Graffiti, and, what do you know – it was completely accidental. Todd driving into the building wasn’t originally on the script, but as we’ve seen so far on this list, who cares?
Actor Charles Martin Smith simply lost control of the bike during the scene, and George Lucas decided to keep filming. Luckily, no one got hurt, and the moment fit perfectly in the movie.
An inside joke made iconic
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” is such a famous quote, it is known even by people who never watched the 1975 thriller film Jaws (wow, was the movie really released that long ago? Oof).
Anyways, the catchphrase was actually somewhat of an inside joke among the cast and crew, and it originated because one of their support boats was too small to handle its job. Actor Roy Scheider incorporated it a few times while they were filming, until he achieved perfection in the scene that made the final cut.
She still has the scar
The 2003 drama movie Thirteen made us afraid of teenagers, and if we had worked in the production, we’d probably be afraid of Nikki Reed. Remember the belly piercing scene?
Her character Evie was piercing Tracy’s navel, and to make the scene look more realistic, Nikki Reed applied pressure on her thumb… But by doing so, she actually did poke the top of Evan Rachel Wood’s belly with the needle, so the half shocked, half angry reaction you see in the movie is real – the actress still has a scar.
‘I’ve got a jar of dirt’
When you have a character as… colorful… as Captain Jack Sparrow, actors usually get a lot of freedom in their scenes, and Johnny Depp took advantage of that by improvising several moments in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
One of our favorite improvisations is the “I’ve got a jar of dirt” little song – you can really see the surprised reactions from the other actors in the scene, and you can actually spot Orlando Bloom looking at the people behind the camera, as if he’s thinking, “is this… normal?”
The day Audrey Hepburn got pranked
Audrey Hepburn is one of the most captivating actresses in Hollywood history, but her “performance” in this particular scene in the movie Roman Holiday might actually be credited to Gregory Peck.
When they’re talking about the Mouth of Truth, and how it bites off the hands of liars, Peck was supposed to briefly pretend his hand was being chewed off, but he took it a step further and basically pranked Hepburn by hiding his hand in his sleeve and showing her his “stump.” That horrified scream was totally real.
A refined blooper, of sorts
This moment from quirky comedy Being John Malkovich is not exactly a blooper, but it was inspired by a real “oops” that happened on set, with a bold extra that sneaked cans of liquor into the set.
The story goes that this extra threw a can at John Malkovich, and the director decided to incorporate that into the movie. Hence the “Hey, Malkovich, think fast!” scene, which, by the way, they managed to get right on the first take.
‘Alright, alright, alright’
Matthew McConaughey had his big break in 1993, in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused. He gave such a memorable performance, his “alright, alright, alright” is still the first thing we think of when we hear the actor’s name.
And, surprise, surprise – that line was an ad-lib! The scene was apparently unscripted, and the actor was given freedom to say what he thought David Wooderson would say. And that was, “alright, alright, alright.”
‘Warriors, come out to play’
There’s some debate about whether the most iconic line from the 1979 thriller film The Warriors was completely improvised by David Patrick Kelly, but what’s known for sure is that “Warriors, come out to play” was not originally scripted.
The movie’s, director Walter Hill, credits Kelly, but the actor claims they brainstormed together to achieve the perfectly creepy scene. We don’t know who actually came up with the line, but the sing-song melody came from Kelly, inspired by a former neighbor who liked to sing, “Daaaavid… Daaaavid…”
Poor Billy Zane
Directors can be quite creative when they’re trying to get the best out of their actors, and one method that has proven to be efficient is the “no one tell actor X what we’re about to do.”
In Titanic, for example, when Kate Winslet’s Rose spits in Cal’s face? Everyone knew that moment was coming, except for actor Billy Zane, who played Cal. He never saw it coming, and he (and his character) is clearly surprised.
‘I’ll have what she’s having’
Some directors are known for being strict rulers of the empire that is their set, while others are open to collaborate with their actors in finding the best way to tell a story.
In When Harry Met Sally…, the iconic diner scene wasn’t originally scripted, but came together through a group effort. Director Rob Reiner knew the type of content we wanted, but Meg Ryan was the one who suggested they should do it in a public space, while Billy Crystal came up with the “I’ll have what she’s having” line. Absolute gold!
The Cinderella boy monologue
Bill Murray is a master of improvisation, so much so that some of his most iconic movie scenes were never written at all. Some directors simply let him do whatever he wants, and they eventually end up with hilarious sequences such as this one, from the sports comedy film Caddyshack.
Director Harold Ramis encouraged Murray to improvise, and the result was the unforgettable minute-long Cinderella boy monologue, which was allegedly done in one unbroken take.
One lucky crew member
It’s a Wonderfull Life is a classic, and learning about this blooper that made into the final cut actually made us like it even more. Remember the scene where Uncle Billy leaves the Bailey home, and we can hear him stumbling into something off-screen and yelling “I’m alright, I’m alright!”?
Turns out that when they were shooting the scene, a crew member dropped a large tray of props right as Thomas Mitchell left the frame, and the quick-thinking actor improvised the line. The crew member even got a small bonus for his contribution to the movie.
A flawless and accidental trick
We dream of the day we’ll finally be able to master the tablecloth trick. Meanwhile, here’s Jim Carrey, performing it flawlessly, and completely by accident. We actually watched the movie again just to see this moment one more time.
In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch was supposed to pull the tablecloth, making a total mess of the table, but somehow, Carrey pulled it clean, without knocking anything over! The great improviser that he is, he then returned to the scene and knocked everything by hand.