Iconic movie scenes that were completely improvised
In a performance that earned Joaquin Phoenix the Oscar for Best Actor, his character Arthur dances in the bathroom after killing three people in the subway. In the original script, Arthur was supposed to only hide his gun and talk to the mirror.
Phoenix was free to improvise and make his character even more impactful. The scene where Arthur crawls into the fridge caught the recording crew by surprise.
Jack Nicholson unexpectedly shouted the phrase that marks one of the most iconic scenes in cinema: "Here's Johnny!".
The fire in the theater was beyond the control of the film's producers and yielded a totally realistic scene. Eli Roth and Omar Doom even had minor burns.
The warm-up ritual that Matthew McConaughey's character teaches Jordan Belfort (Leonardo di Caprio) over lunch was made up by the actor at the moment of filming.
Richard Gere unexpectedly closes the box with the necklace his character gives to Vivian, causing the most wonderful laugh in Hollywood by Julia Roberts.
The legendary monologue of protagonist Travis Bickle in front of the mirror was entirely improvised by Robert de Niro, at the very moment of filming.
The cat that Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brandon) caresses in this scene had suddenly appeared in the studio. The actor decided to use the cat and continue playing the scene together.
The moment in the film when Woody Allen's character sneezes on a very expensive load of drugs provoked laughter from the cast, because nobody knew that the actor and director was going to do that.
The image of the secret agent (Daniel Craig) leaving the sea was not foreseen. However, the actor stumbled upon a sandbank in the water and had to get up. It looked so impressive that he outshone the woman who was supposed to seduce him in this scene.
In this memorable performance by Heath Ledger, the scene in which his character (Joker) applauds James Gordon from inside a cell was a product of the actor's mind.
Another moment when Heath Ledger improvises is when the Joker plays with the detonator and causes the explosion in the hospital earlier than foreseen in the script.
When he was rescued from his high-jacked boat, the protagonist of the film, played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, got a treatment from the same doctor who attended Captain Phillips in real life. In the scene, the professional followed the exact protocols as used in these cases.
Actress Hayley Atwell was so impressed with Chris Evans's physique that she couldn't resist touching him. The scene made it into the final cut of the film.
"Here's looking at you" is considered one of the great phrases in cinema. It was improvised by Humphrey Bogart. In fact, the sentence is an expression used in poker, a game that the actor had taught Ingrid Bergman during the breaks of the recordings.
In the scene where Aragorn kicks a helmet because he thinks his hobbit friends were burned, Viggo Mortensen broke a few toes and his scream was truly heartfelt!
Almost all of Sergeant Hartman's 15-minute speech to the platoon was improvised by actor Robert Lee Ermey. He had recorded a video with the idea and convinced director Stanley Kubrick to use it.
The story that psychologist Sean Maguire tells about his wife having flatulence was improvised by Robin Williams, and Matt Damon's laughter at hearing it was a natural reaction.
Joaquin Phoenix is a daring actor. In this film about singer Johnny Cash, he improvised the scene in which he destroys the sink of a bathroom.
With a completely integrated cast, Marvel's films are full of improvised scenes. One of them is the conversation between the characters of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, in the elevator, before pretending they need help.
Also spontaneous were the words of Private Hudson, a character played by Bill Paxton in the movie 'Aliens': "Game over, man, game over!"
Johnny Depp is another great actor who shines when he gets out of the script. In this film, he improvised a fun song on a container.
Director David Fincher did not warn Brad Pitt that Edward Norton was going to punch him for real in one of the scenes in the film. The reaction of surprise and pain of the character Tyler Durden was completely authentic.
Tarantino left Michael Madsen free to invent the sadistic dance that his character Mr. Blonde makes in the notorious torture scene of the film.
"All these moments will be lost like tears in the rain." This phrase by Roy Batty before he dies was invented by the free and spontaneous mind of his interpreter, Rutger Hauer.
The scene at Bocca della Verità was improvised by Gregory Peck. Audrey Hepburn's reaction was authentic and became history in cinema.
The scene where Sally (Meg Ryan) fakes an orgasm in a restaurant was not in the script and is the most famous of this film.
Ian McKellan accidentally hit his head to the ceiling in one of the film's scenes.
Jodie Foster was really scared by Anthony Hopkins' impromptu "Shhh..." in a scene of their characters, Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling.
The story that soldier Ryan (Matt Damon) tells about his brothers to Tom Hanks's character was the result of the actor's creativity at the time of the scene.
Han Solo should answer "I love you too" after Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) declares her love for him. However, Harrison Ford chose to say "I know."
The scene where the protagonist is hit by a can on the head while walking down the street was not part of the script. It was done by a drunken extra who drove by.
The scene where Channing Tatum's character breaks a mirror was foreseen in the script. However, the cuts he suffered on his head were serious and you can see how the actor really bleeds.
Actor Peter Sellers forgot that his character was paralyzed and, in the final scene of the film, he gets up from his wheelchair and says: "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk."
When the fugitive tells Tommy Lee Jones's character that he killed his own wife, this actor changes his line to "I don't care."
Leonardo di Caprio really broke a cup and hurt his hand at the dinner scene.