Great movie scenes that were unscripted

Posted: 2010/05/04 in Film
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40 Year Old Virgin

Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan improv brilliantly off each other in this scene, however, this is a different version than the one used for the movie. All of the “You know how I know you’re gay” insults were unscripted in the film.

Saving Private Ryan

A famous scene in Saving Private Ryan, involves Matt Damon’s character telling Tom Hank’s character a story about his three brothers and a girl from back home. All of this was ad libbed by Matt Damon.

Full Metal Jacket

R. Lee Ermey was actually a real drill sergeant and his part in this classic war film was almost entirely unscripted. The beginning of the film is an absolute comic masterpiece, made famous by Ermey’s shouting at the guys who have just joined the army. Fact: When Ermey said, “I’ll bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddam common courtesy to give him a reach-around.” Director Stanley Kubrick had to stop and ask what a reach-around was.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The original script had a long sword fight between Indiana (Harrison Ford) and the swordsman in black. However, a day before the shoot was due, Ford got terrible food poisoning and dysentery and after speaking to Spielberg, got the scene changed so that after the man’s impressive pre-fight moves, Indiana just shoots the guy dead, fitting in with the character’s ethos.

Taxi Driver

The famous “you talkin’ to me?” monologue in Taxi Driver was actually completely improvised by Robert De Niro. The original script just said “Travis looks in the mirror”, but Scorsese liked what De Niro did so much, he kept it in the film.


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