It might be surprising to hear that some of the most iconic lines from movies weren’t originally a part of the script.
A screenwriter could spend months, even years, developing a story. However, if the director allows an actor to ad-lib, he or she has the power to create completely new lines right on the spot.
Creative ad-libbing takes some serious skills and not any actor can pull it off.
If you are curious to find out which of your favorite movie stars are impressive improvisers, look no further. In this article, you will discover the top 25 Unscripted Movie Moments that Made the Cut!
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Flirty Airplane Scene - Bridesmaids
You may have known Melissa McCarthy for her role in the American comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls. However, she has gone on to star in many movies since.
One of her most iconic scenes to date is her hilarious improvised airplane flirting in the movie Bridesmaids.
The scene is filled with her vulgar admission to seducing a man who just came out of the bathroom.
You Know How I Know You are Gay
The cast of The 40-Year-Old Virgin is packed with talented comedians like Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Catherine Keener.
So, it comes to no surprise that the, “You know how I know you’re gay,” dialogue was thirty seconds of complete comedic improvising.
The scene was originally supposed to end quickly after, but the two actors kept on rolling with hilarious punchlines. It was also the longest improv scene that made it in the final cut.
Why Male Models?
Some of the best scenes in movies simply come from an actor forgetting their lines. For one hilarious dialogue in the 2001 comedy Zoolander, this was exactly the case.
Derek Zoolander (played by Ben Stiller) forgot his line after the former male model, J.P. Prewitt (played by David Duchovny), answers Zoolander’s question, “Why male models?” Instead of breaking character, he simply asks the same question again.
Luckily, Prewitt goes with the improvisation and simply answers, “Are you kidding? I just told you like a minute ago.”
There are few sounds that have the power to send tingles down your spine and make your skin crawl.
Welsh actor, director, and producer Anthony Hopkins was praised for his role in the 1991 horror film Silence of the Lambs.
The eerie “Hsss” sound Hopkins made right after delivering the spooky line, “I ate liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” was totally unexpected and unscripted.
You Can’t Handle the Truth!
The 1992 drama A Few Good Men revolves around a military lawyer’s attempt to defend Marines accused of murder.
It stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. The movie’s script was praised for its depth and continuity; however, Nicholson’s altered line, “You can’t handle the truth!” goes down in movie history.
The original line was supposed to be, “You already have the truth,” but that doesn’t seem to pack as much of a punch as the improvised line does.