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We all have those iconic catchphrases in movies that will live in our memories forever: “Ya talking to me?” in Taxi Driver. “You’re going to need a bigger boat” in Jaws. “Here’s looking at you kid” in Casablanca.
Did you know though that all of those famous catchphrases were ad-libbed by the actors? Some of the most seminal moments didn’t actually come from the script, but from the quick thinking of the actors, resulting in movie brilliance.Sometimes, even mistakes (AKA “bloopers’’) have made it into the film and resulted in some of the most iconic movie moments of all time.
Here are 5 of the best bloopers that made it into the movies:
Movie: Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Scene: “Hey! I’m walking here!”
As Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight were shooting the iconic Midnight Cowboy in New York City, a real cab broke through the set and almost ran Hoffman over. Instead of stopping in fright, Hoffman stayed in character, banged on the car and uttered the classic line “Hey! I’m walking here”
Movie: Zoolander (2001) IFC
Scene: “Why male models?”
While being explained a complicated, villainous plot, male model airhead Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) asks the same question twice (“why male models”) as if he hadn’t understood the answer at all the first time. What most people don’t know is that this hilarious moment was created by accident: Stiller had forgotten his line and simply repeated the question to cover up for his forgetfulness.
Movie: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Scene: Stormtrooper bumps head
In the first Star Wars film, a scene occurs which seems like it was a mistake: a Stormtrooper bumps his had as 3 of them make their entrance. The thing is, it was a genuine mistake (the actor couldn’t see properly out of his suit) but director George Lucas liked it so much that he decided to keep the scene in the film. This error has added to the mythos of the ineptitude of the Empires’ ground forces.
Movie: Being John Malkovich (1999)
Scene: “Hey Malkovich, think fast”
In the surreal film Being John Malkovich, there’s a funny scene where a car drives past Malkovich and the driver hurls a beer at the actor, yelling “Hey Malkovich, think fast”. This wasn’t a reheard scene, a drunk extra decide to take it upon himself to “act out” this scene. Originally, Malkovich was only supposed walk angrily as cars drove by. Director Spike Jonze loved the scene so much that he left it in the film and gave the extra a raise.
Movie: The Usual Suspects (1995)
Scene: Laughing in police line-up
As the “usual” suspects are placed in a police lineup and each asked to repeat the phrase “hand me the keys you f***ing cocksucker”, all of the suspects can’t seem to control their laughter. This reaction wasn’t scripted – instead, they were cracking up because actor Benicio Del Toro kept on letting out rancid farts.
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