15 Movie Moments You Probably Didn’t Know Were Improvised

Apparently, if you let Bill Murray show up every day and say more or less whatever he wants on camera, he’ll be happy to do exactly that. Here’s the full story, plus 14 others:

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The You know how I know you're gay bit in The 40-Year-Old Virgin wasn't in the script. Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd came up with it in an improv session, then put it into the movie. CRACKED COM

Source: The Dissolve, New York Times

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Will Smith came up with a major monologue in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air himself. It was the one he delivers at the end of Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse, and his sobbing was real, too.

Source: CheatSheet

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The last scene of Wayne's World was improvised. WAXNE WRt DROSY Director Penelope Spheeris just kept filming and let Mike Myers and Dana Carvey improvc- he knew that was the only way he could get that scene, he says.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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A big line in The Cosby Show pilot was ad-libbed. Cosby's exclamation That's the dumbest thing I ever heard! was just something he came up with the fly, because the audience's applause to the line just before that threw him off balance. CRACKED COM

Source: Yahoo

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The history of the Blair Witch in Burkittsville was something a bystander just made up. The woman telling the story was just somebody the filming crew of The Blair Witch Project came across, and she pulled the story out of thin air.

Source: FilmSchoolRejects

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Harry Shearer and Jeff Goldblum improvised everything in The Right Stuff. They had exactly zero written lines, and writer-director Philip Kaufman told them You and Jeff improvise. Hopefully it'll be a little funny. CRACKED COM

Source: Wired

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Robin Williams made up the fart line in Good Will Hunting. It's when he says his wife used to fart in her sleep. One night it was so loud it woke the dog up.' Apparently, the camera kind of wobbled, so it was probably so funny it made the operator

Source: The Independent

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The ending of Iron Man was all Robert Downey Jr. He just said the line I am Iron Man. it wasn't in the script. Marvel producer Kevin Feige kept it in because it was something very much in keeping with the comics character and what he could have done. CRACKED COM

Source: IndieWire

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Bill Murray came up with pretty much all his lines in Kingpin. He'd just ask the directors what they wanted in the scene, and say whatever lines he felt would best achieve that, changing them on every take. CRACKED COM

Source: Mental Floss

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Anthony Hopkins ad-libbed Lecter mocking Clarice's accent in Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster's reaction was real oshe felt genuinely horrified. CRACKED COM

Source: CBR

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Bill Paxton came up with his iconic Aliens line. He figured his character would have grown up playing video games, and Game Over would come naturally to him. And he had no idea it would get as popular as it did. CRACKED COM

Source: Uproxx

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The bubblegum line in They Live was an ad-lib. Roddy Piper just blurted out I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum on one take, and they kept it in. CRACKED COM

Source: NPR

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Jack Nicholson improvised Here's Johnny! in The Shining. He lifted the line straight from the Tonight Show, which would open with Johnny Carson saying exactly that.

Source: People.com

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Ben Stein's economics lecture in Ferris Bueller's Day Off was an ad-lib. Lrcu Director John Hughes said Would you ad-lib a scene just as if you were teaching economics, and we'll see how it goes. Don't write anything down, just [say] something that's really interesting to you.' CRACKED COM

Source: Yahoo

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The last scene of Captain Phillips wasn't supposed to be there at all. O'BRE The crew was on the real-life USS Bainbridge, and asked the captain what he did with the real-life Captain Phillips so they went with the infirmary, and basically recreated that with Tom Hanks. CRACKED COM

Source: The Week