4Casino Royale -- Daniel Craig's Iconic Beach Shot Was an Accident
What Was Supposed to Happen:
At the beginning of Casino Royale, the first James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, 007 travels to the Bahamas to get information from a lackey of Le Chiffre, the main villain. Naturally, Bond decides to do that by seducing the lackey's hot wife, because he only knows two ways to talk to people: forceful interrogation or post-coital small talk.
"Sometimes the two sort of blend together, honestly."
In one scene, Bond was supposed to be swimming at the beach when he sees the wife riding on a horse and the two make eye contact. She was supposed to be the sexy one there, but that's not how it turned out ...
The Happy Accident:
Do a Google Image search for "Daniel Craig" and within the first 10 results you'll get this:
"The name is Cake. Beefcake."
For millions of people (particularly women), that's what the phrase "Daniel Craig" brings to mind -- the man standing up out of the surf, in tiny blue shorts. And it's all due to a sandbank.
Craig says that while shooting the scene, he accidentally hit an awkwardly situated sandbank that forced him to stand up and walk out of the water, instead of just floating off as the script said, thus showcasing his sculpted torso and causing Bond-gasms in roughly half the audience.
The image of Craig stepping out of the water ended up being plastered all over the promotional material for the film, with many people assuming that it was a nod to Ursula Andress emerging from the beach in the first Bond movie ever, Dr. No ... or a reference to Halle Berry doing the same thing in the shittiest one, Die Another Day.
Craig's top floated off, apparently.
When Casino Royale was first announced, Bond fans all over the world boycotted the movie, since the filmmakers had not only decided to reboot the saga, but dared to cast some unwashed blond guy in the lead. The perceived homage to Bond's legacy likely helped win over many reluctant fans, at the same time letting the rest of the world know that this was a more rugged 007, and not just the same old shit.
But the main effect was on Daniel Craig's career: The scene single-handedly turned him into an international sex symbol. Craig said he realized right away that the moment would draw comparisons to Andress, but he didn't think that he "would be haunted by it for the rest of my life." Yeah, we're sure that all the booty he'll still be getting from that scene when he's 80 will be hard to cope with.
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The poor man.
3The Usual Suspects -- The Lineup Scene Was Supposed to Be Serious
What Was Supposed to Happen:
The Usual Suspects is about five criminals who meet at a police lineup and decide to commit a robbery together. In the lineup scene, the characters were simply supposed to step up and repeat a line, one by one -- what could possibly get five professional actors to botch something as simple as that?
The ol' Icy Hot in the underpants trick?
The Happy Accident:
Benicio Del Toro's rancid farts. According to the DVD extras, while shooting this scene Del Toro was "flatulent the whole time."
Now we know why Gabriel Byrne's covering his nose.
As a result, the other actors kept cracking up while director Bryan Singer angrily told them to keep their shit together. It didn't help that, according to Kevin Spacey, the actors were intentionally trying to get the usually serious Gabriel Byrne to laugh, and even got him to do impersonations. Eventually Singer gave up and just left the actors' completely improvised interaction in the movie -- you can clearly see them trying not to giggle and utterly failing.
The weird thing is, their goofing off actually makes the rest of the movie work; the chemistry between the criminals in this scene really sells you on the fact that these five guys, for the most part strangers, would suddenly decide to team up and pull off a heist together. If that happened every time the police brought in suspects, they'd probably stop doing lineups.
Or they'd start putting mics in their cells.
Also, by showing these wildly different characters bonding through their mutual contempt for authority (and the universal hilarity of fart noises), the scene foreshadows the fact that, in the end, the entire story turns out to be about one clever criminal fucking with the police. And it's all because of Benicio Del Toro's butt.
In fact, pretty much everything Del Toro did in the movie was ad-libbed -- the character had few lines and was originally written for Harry Dean Stanton (you kids would know him as "old guy who talks to naked Bruce Banner in The Avengers"), but Del Toro decided that he should be a "black Chinese Puerto Rican Jew" who talks in mangled English, turning him into one of the most memorable parts of the movie.