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20 Times Actors Gave Unscripted, Authentic Performances

It’s honestly not an easy task to deliver pre-written dialogues. Memorizing scripts and dialogues can be a tedious job in fact. The industry however has some skilled actors who invest a part of themselves into the shooting process. Some make things more dramatic while some make them funnier. This is one reason why going unscripted often make movies more fun and lively.

Read on to learn about some famous unscripted movies scenes that made the films way brighter and more memorable

1. In the movie, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, one of the solider’ reactions to the Biggus Dickus was totally genuine. Being an extra on the set, the man had no idea about the script and held back a burst of unscripted laughter.

2. In the movie The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, Georgie Henley’s reaction to seeing the world of Narnia for the first time is totally genuine. Director Andrew Adamson never showed the set to any of the kids.

3. While filming the scene of Alan Rickman’s character’s death in Die Hard, director John McTiernan told Rickman that he would be dropped at the count of three. However, he was dropped at the count of two to capture a genuinely shocked reaction

4. For filming the scene where a baby alien pops out of John Hurt, The makers of Alien (1979) kept the blood effects secret from the actors. When the scene was recorded, all the fright and disgust on their faces was real

5. The puppet alien of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was not shown to any of the kid actors of the film before. Their first impressions in the film were totally real

6. Snapping Julia Robberts’ fingers in Pretty Woman wasn’t the demand of the script. It was, however, a joke played by Richard Gere which made it to the final cut.

7. Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) continually kept licking his lips because the prosthetic scars that Heath Ledger wore kept falling off. Heath would lick his lips in order to keep the scars in place which eventually became a part of his character

8. Before filming a fight scene for Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone asked Dolph Lundgren to go at him for the first 15 seconds. Accepting his request, Lundgren punched Stallone in the chest that had him hospitalized for 9 days

9. Julia Stiles wasn’t supposed to cry while narrating her poem at the end of Ten Things I Hate About You. The shot was done in one take and Stiles was too overwhelmed after reading the poem

10. In one of the scenes from Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally cut his hand open between a shot. However, he didn’t stop acting and the scene made it to the final cut. For later shots, they replaced his real blood with fake blood

11. The screams of Steve Carell that you hear in The 40-Year-Old Virgin are 100% genuine. He actually got his chest clean waxed for the film

13. When Dustin Hoffman yelled, “Hey, I’m Walkin’ Here!” in Midnight Cowboy, his reaction was to real New York traffic

14. The magic trick performed by Isla Fisher’s character in Now You See Me required her to escape from a water tank. Isla’s release chain got tangled and she wasn’t able to get out quickly. The crew thought she was just acting really well, however, it was her panic that had her struggling for nearly three minutes before she was rescued

15. When Cary Elwes got hit in the head by Christopher Guest in Princess Bride, the pain on his face was genuine.

16. The scene in The Princess Diaries where Anne Hathaway’s character Mia trips and falls in the bleachers was totally unscripted.  Director Garry Marshall liked it so much that he put it in the final cut of the movie

17. The cast of Titanic was told that the water was going to be cold. However, it turned out more freezing than they expected and Kate Winslet’s shivers were 100% real.

18. Jason Segel didn’t know that Marshall’s father was going to die in Season 6’s, Episode 13 of How I Met Your Mother. Segel’s agony and shock were genuine.

19. The footage of the kids seeing the chocolate room in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory for the first time was 100% real. Director Mel Stuart didn’t let any of the kids take a glimpse of the gigantic set before the filming started.

20. An expensive miscommunication took place on the set of The Hateful Eight that led to Kurt Russell smashing a 140-year-old antique guitar instead of a prop

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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.