Legendary Unscripted Movie Scenes Part 2

We took a look at some of the most famous improvised lines in the history of films in a previous post. But there are many more examples of memorable one liners, so we’ve compiled a list of legendary unscripted movie scenes part 2. Actors play a bigger role in movies than simply reciting some lines and following the director’s instructions. Sometimes, they leave their personal signature on the film, which is why we can say almost all Robert De Niro or Robin Williams movies are brilliant. There is, of course, also the chemistry between the actors and the sparks between the director and the cast. If these are running smoothly, the finite product is bound to be a hit.

5. Nick Frost Shaun of The Dead

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The British horror comedy was successful both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. We all enjoyed the dry British humor as the main character, Shaun, struggles with most of his relationships and has no direction in life. And some of the funniest scenes in the movie were actually improvised on the spot by Nick Frost, who played Ed, Shaun’s roommate. As Ed attempts to cheer up his pal, Frost went ahead and improvised a story about pub regulars in which he describes a woman as a former pornstar. The joke was so funny, Simon Pegg genuinely burst out laughing and the scene, of course, was put in the movie.

4. Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy

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This ad lib is still under high debate. Both Hoffman, who played Ratso Rizzo, and the director took the credit for the scene in which Hoffman walks down the street and almost gets ran over by a cab. Nonchalantly, Hoffman slaps the yellow car’s hood and screams “I’m walking here!” After which he looks at his pal and notes that would make a good pick up insurance. We might not know if this was improvised or not, but it surely added some zest to the movie.

3. Michael Madsen Reservoir Dogs

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Tarantino’s 1992 “Reservoir Dogs” has a scene in which Vic Vega, played by Michael Madsen, is torturing a cop. The victim is all tied up and unable to scream because his mouth is duct taped. The torturer is taking his time, and he even breaks into a dance when “Stuck in the Middle with You” starts playing on the radio. Vega then approaches the police officer, cuts off one of his ears and then holds it up and talks into it, asking the cop whether he can hear him. The disturbing joke was all Madsen’s idea who just went with the flow and added a dark, funny twist to the scene.

2. Marlon Brando The Godfather

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Vito Corleone, played by Brando in “The Godfather” from 1972, was a feared mob leader who showed no mercy for his enemies. So how come he strokes a cat in one of the scenes? While he gives out orders for a man to be beaten, Corleone gently pets a speckled cat which Brando had found lurking on the set. Coppola didn’t have anything to argue against the furry character, and he left the cameras rolling for what became one of the best improvised movie scenes in history.

1. Robert De Niro Taxi Driver

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We all know the famous scene in “Taxi Driver” in which Robert De Niro’s character looks in the mirror and pretends he’s confronting a politician. But I bet you didn’t know we owe the kickass monolog to De Niro. Scorsese’s script only said “Travis looks in the mirror”, so the actor went ahead and improvised a short bit which became legendary and is still being used almost four decades later.

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10 Bad Movies That Lost Millions Of Dollars

Lately, there has been no cutting corners on big Hollywood movies. Producers take a leap of faith each time they want to make a new blockbuster and don’t shy away from allotting $100+ million budgets. While the figures might seem staggering to us, they don’t scare directors one bit. But what happens when the movie fails to raise enough hype and subsequently enough money? Disaster is just around the corner. Not all big budget movies succeed in making up for their investments. True, some exceed it by far, but there are plenty who find themselves in the red when the cinema screening ends and the final counting begins. What do you think about the following 10 bad movies that lost millions of dollars? Were they underrated or did the (lack of an) audience did them justice?

5. The Lone Ranger: $94 -$119 million

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This is the proof that a movie needs more than Johnny Depp in it to go big. Verbinski’s attempt at a blockbuster wasn’t well received by the critics who quickly dismissed “The Lone Ranger” as pretentious and very disappointing. Wondering how much money went into its making? The estimations were set around a whopping $375 million. In the end, the total losses amounted to $119 million. Yikes! If previous failed attempts at a Western world (“Wild Wild West’, “Cowboys and Aliens”, “Jonah Hex”) didn’t prepare Disney for the Lone Ranger’s “success”, now they know what topics to avoid.

4. The 13th Warrior: $101 million

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For a 1999 movie, “The 13th Warrior” starring Antonio Banderas enjoyed a big budget: $160 million. The test audiences weren’t swept off their feet by it, which accurately captured the worldwide audience’s feelings towards Crichton’s movie. With only $61 million grossed in cinemas around the world, it embarrassed Omar Shariff so bad that he decided to retire shortly after. He didn’t hold back and said the script was awful and the director had no idea what he was doing.

3. Sahara:  $119 million

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With production costs reaching $160 million and starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, no one could predict Paramount would lose so much money. I’m guessing having twenty script writers and producers involved didn’t really help with the movie’s homogenous feel. Also, shooting in Morocco included location bribes which set the film’s budget back by $200,000. “Sahara” didn’t stand a chance from the beginning and was doomed to fail worldwide.

2. Mars Needs Moms: $130 million

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This movie was so bad it holds the record for the worst box office Disney movie reception. Ever. In the history of everything! Some of the clues why it might have failed point at the plot. “Young mother is kidnaped from her kid” does not really translate into the ideal Sunday family movie And with “Battle: Los Angeles” screening “next door”, it’s understandable why “Mars Needs Moms” only made $6,825,000 on the opening weekend. Considering it opened in more than three thousand theatres world wide at once, the figures weren’t very satisfying.

1. Ronin: $149 million

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Opening in 2013 and starring Keanu Reeves, “47 Ronin” grosses around $1.3 million. It first opened in Japan in 753 cinema theaters. Judging by how the Japanese people received a film with many Japanese actors and a well-known story, this should’ve been a red flag as to how Ronin would perform worldwide. Even though the Japanese weren’t hooked on the remake, claiming it didn’t resemble the famous historical epic, it still stood a chance in other countries. But it turned out to be a box office bomb, with poor sales revenues in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Leaving advertising and distribution costs aside, “47 Ronin”‘s budget was $175 million while the estimated losses were $149 million. Rinsch’s movie might’ve failed in the box office, but at least it holds the title for the number one box office bomb ever.

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Legendary Unscripted Movie Scenes Part 1

Movie scripts are not something very sacred to directors, producers, and especially actors. On some movie sets, stars are encouraged to improvise and add their own occasional lines to the film. This is how golden one liners are filmed, through improvised movie scenes. Nothing looks better on camera and then on screen than an unscripted joke that makes the main characters or even more characters laugh with tears. Their natural joy is contagious and is easily transmitted through the screen. To show you how many film moments out there have touched you or made you laugh without you knowing they were improvised, here is a list of legendary unscripted movie scenes part 1.

7. Heath Ledger The Dark Knight

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Ledger took the liberty to improvise many times during the shootings for The Dark Knight. Remember the Joker hospital scene? Just before everything went into flames, the explosives happened to stall, so Ledger toyed around with the remote to cover up for the delay. The Dark Knight hospital explosion wasn’t the only time the Joker showed off his improv skills. He also stayed in character during Gordon’s promotion when he started to clap slowly. Director Nolan kept the cameras rolling and later added the sarcastic gesture in the movie.

6. Bill Murray Tootsie

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Let’s kick off the list of famous improvised movie scenes with one of Murray’s greatest unscripted scenes. In the scene in which he acts as Dustin Hoffman’s play writing roomie, he delivers a speech to several people. The director wanted Murray to deliver a monolog, but the rest of the actors had no idea what was happening. So he went ahead and ad libbed everything, delivering a touching speech that seems to last throughout the whole party.

5. Matt Damon Saving Private Ryan

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Yes, this classic also contains unscripted movie scenes. Remember when the character of Matt Damon starts telling the character of Tom Hank about his brothers and his sweetheart? Everything was improvised by Damon. If you felt his laugh sounded natural and sincere, that’s because it was. He was making up the story as he went along and the entire scene turned out incredibly melancholic. In Saving Private Ryan Matt Damon proved he’s not only a good actor, but he’s also not shabby at improvising random stories.

4. Jack Nicholson The Shining

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You’ve probably seen “The Shining” and you must remember the scene in which Nicholson’s character breaks down the door with an axe, puts his head through the opening and with a large grin says “Here’s Johnny!” Not many know that this was Jack’s initiative and he left his fingerprint on Kubrick’s movie in one of the most famous ad libs of all times.

3. Harrison Ford The Empire Strikes Back

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When George Lucas encouraged Tom Ford to say what he thought was fit in reply to Princess Leia’s “I love you”, Ford didn’t want to break character. This gave birth to one of the greatest unscripted movie moments. Instead of answering with “I love you too”, Han Solo said “I know”, making for a funny memorable scene.

2. Anthony Hopkins Silence of the Lambs

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Not many Silence of the Lambs scenes are as disturbing as the hissing one. This was unscripted and thought up by Anthony Hopkins on the spot. When they saw the reaction on Jodie Foster’s face, the producers decided the hissing wasn’t such a bad idea, and they put it in the movie.

1. Peter Seller Dr. Strangelove

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Probably the best movie ad libs can be found in Dr. Strangelove. Seller played three roles in the film and is said to have improvised countless of times. In fact, he is sometimes credited as the movie’s co-writer. His best improvised line in the movie is uttered after his disabled character forgets about his handicap and gets up from his wheelchair. To save face, he says: “Mein Fuhrer I can walk”.

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7 Game Of Thrones Actors Who Were Also In Harry Potter

With high death levels on “Game of Thrones”, it’s no wonder their cast list is huge. All the deaths in the past five seasons had to be replaced by new characters and new actors. This easily leads to a game of “I know this character from…” during every “Game of Thrones” episode. Cersei Lannister, Ned Stark, and Littlefinger are just a few of the characters whom we’ve recognized from other noteworthy stages. So you won’t be surprised at the following list of 7 Game of Thrones actors who were also in Harry Potter. If you haven’t identified them by now, prepare to be amazed at the discovery that Aberforth Dumbledore was the king beyond the Wall.

7. Ciaran Hinds

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You’ll know him as the leader of the wildings, the King beyond the Wall or simply Mance Rayder. It’s harder to spot him in “Harry Potter” because he was a) kinda overlooked and b) kinda in disguise. He played Dumbledore’s brother in “Death Hollows part 2″. Hinds seems very well suited to play noble parts, but he’ll remain forever remembered as the leader of the free folk.

6. Bronson Webb

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If you don’t recognize the character from the Game of Thrones series, you’re not a real fan, and your punishment should be reading the books and watching the TV show again. Webb played Will, a brother from the Night Watch, who got beheaded by Ned Stark. Following the same pattern, he also played a coward character on Harry Potter, a Slytherin Boy who is Malfoy’s best pal and together they occasionally mock Harry.

5. Julian Glover

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No one can be blamed for not guessing this one. But if you started watching Game of Thrones and found Maester Pycelle’s voice quite familiar, it is because Glover borrowed his voice for the giant spider in Harry Potter, Aragog. Pycelle was not as terrifying as Aragog, but an ingratiating old man who only swayed with the wind.

4. Ian Whyte

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As a former basketball player, Whyte performed as a stuntman in “Alien vs Predator”, followed by the “Goblet of Fire”. You may wonder what he did in Harry Potter. He filled in for Frances de la Tour whenever full body shots for Madame Maxine were needed. As the headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy, the Harry Potter character had to impress with her tall slender figure. We got to see more of him on Game of Thrones. He played the role of a White Walker in the first two seasons and even replaced Conan Stevens, who played Gregor Clegane, in certain scenes.

3. Natalia Tena

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There are quite a few similarities between the characters Natalia Tena played in Game of Thrones (Osha) and Harry Potter (Tonks). She played sympathetic, brave women who were both best known by just one name. Osha was a wildling who cared deeply for the Stark little brothers Rickon and Bran. Although nothing compels her to do so, she helps Rickon to reach House Umber safely. Tonks had a bubblier personality but was equally good natured and always ready to help.

2. Michelle Fairley

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We’re all rooting for Fairley to return on Game of Thrones. She was one of the strongest characters, even when her husband was murdered, which left her in charge of all their children. She also played a mother’s role in “Death Hallows Part 1″, as Hermione’s mom. Her memory was wiped in Harry Potter, but not even death erased her past in Game of Thrones.

1. David Bradley

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Bradley’s characters are both deplorable. Walder Frey from Game of Thrones is conniving and probably the most despised character on the TV show. No one will ever forget he was behind the Red Wedding. Argus Filch from Harry Potter might only be a squib, but he is equally disliked, just like Frey.

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5 Actors Who Refused Major Roles

The movie industry is filled with this kind of stories, but we chose the most interesting 5 actors who refused major roles. For some of them the timing was bad, while others simply didn’t feel invested enough in the script. Whether they deeply regretted it later, only they can know. Accepting and refusing roles can go either way for actors. You can strike gold and get your hands on the role of that will consecrate you and bring you buckets of money. Or you can get a Golden Raspberry Awards Nomination. You can’t know from the beginning, so you have to take a leap of faith and hope for the best.

5. Leonardo Dicaprio – “Boogie Nights”

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Back in the 90s Leonardo Dicaprio wasn’t very famous yet. But his luck turned and he was put face to face with the biggest decision of his life: he had to choose between playing Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s “Titanic” or Dirk Diggler in Paul Thoman Anderson’s “Boogie Nights”. You already know what he chose. No one could now say he didn’t do the wise thing. “Titanic” instantly brought him in the limelight and he was suddenly overwhelmed with requests for new roles. However, in 2010 Dicaprio admitted he regretted not working with Anderson, calling the 90s movie the only film he wished he had made.

4. Charlie Hunnam – “50 Shades of Grey”

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Hunnam actually said yes to playing Christian Grey in “50 shades of Grey”, but he withdrew from the role only a few weeks after he was cast. According to the “Sons of Anarchy” star, the timing was bad and all he wanted to do by turning the role down was avoid a nervous breakdown. At the moment, Hunnam was caught between filming for Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” and shooting for “Sons for Anarchy”, so he felt he had bitten off more than he could chew.

3. Chris Pratt – “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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Did you shiver in terror when you read that as well? It appears Chris Pratt had some serious second thoughts before going in for auditions. Last year he confessed to Esquire magazine why he hesitated. According to Pratt, he was doubting his acting skills after a bad experience on “G.I. Joe” auditions, when the director didn’t pay him much attention. So he was feeling a bit under the weather and thought he’d skip embarrassing himself again for “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Lucky for us, he plucked up the courage, killed it in the auditions and got cast as Star Lord.

2. Rachel McAdams – “The Devil Wears Prada”

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We’re all a bit angry at her for refusing to play alongside queen Meryl Streep herself and saying yes to “True Detective” season two. “The Devil Wears Prada” is not the only high profile movie she said “thanks, but no thanks” to. She turned down “Mission Impossible 3″ and “Casino Royale” as well. If your eyebrow is raised by now, let’s see what McAdams had to say in her defense. Back in 2007 she told Elle magazine that she values passion above everything else. Since she didn’t feel invested in any of the roles that were offered to her, she preferred to take the back seat instead of just doing movies for the sake of doing movies.

1. Christina Applegate – “Legally Blonde”

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You might’ve already spotted the similarities between Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” and Kelly Bundy from “Married… With Children”. This is what held Christina Applegate back, ultimately driving her to refuse the role that later went to Reese Whitherspoon. After 1997, when the Bundy family was off the air, Applegate had her pick of the litter, but she turned down Elle Woods, in what she now calls a stupid move. Applegate confessed she regrets her decision and her fear of being stuck in the same role time and time again.

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