20 Legendary Movie Scenes That Were Improvised Out of Surprise
There are moments when you don't plan it, but things turn out to be so extraordinary that they take you to cloud 9.
Presenting below are movie scenes that, although were unscripted, made history and carved themselves into the very essence of cinema.
Here are 20 legendary movie scenes that were improvised out of surprise.
1. The Silence of The Lambs (1991) "The Hisss"
Scene: Psychopathic Dr. Hannibal Lecter is in the middle of telling a story to FBI agent Clarice Starling about his cannibalistic ventures; eating the liver of a census-taker "with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
Lecter then finishes with a freakish hissing sound, bringing the frightening scene to a revolting level.
Ultimately, Hopkins got less than 25 minutes of screen time in the film, but that was enough for him to earn an Academy Award and also deliver this skin-crawling moment.
2. The Shining (1980) "Here's Johnny"
Scene: Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duval) and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are hiding from their deranged husband and father Jack Torrance in a hotel bathroom.
A window stuck half-open allows the son to escape outside, but still traps the mother in the room.
Jack slowly makes his way up the staircase with an axe and begins chopping through the door, complemented by wailing screams from Wendy.
Jack then places his head to the jagged wooden opening and says, "Here's Johnny!"
Did you know: Nicholson actually decided to use that line because it was Ed McMahon's popular catchphrase introducing the highly non-threatening Johnny Carson on The Johnny Carson Show.
3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) - Sword Vs Gun scene
Scene: In the middle of a wild chase in the markets of Cairo, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) runs into a crowd, which disperses to reveal a black-robed warrior handling a large sword.
After facing some intimidating sword spinning, Jones decides to conserve some energy he puts away his whip, busts out a revolver and shoots the villain down. It's 95% badass, and 5% amusing.
Did you know: The scene was originally set to be an elaborate whip vs. sword fight.
The swordsman rehearsed the sequence for weeks, but Ford got food poisoning the night before and couldn't perform the full action scene.
So after consulting with director Steven Spielberg, the scene was changed to the iconic one-hit-wonder that it is today.
4. Taxi Driver (1976) "You talkin' to me?"
Scene: Cab driver Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) has reached a neurotic and sociopathic moment, where he decides to talk to himself in the mirror; pretending that he's confronting a politician that he plans to kill.
As he looks at his reflection, he repeatedly says "You talkin' to me?" before whipping out his gun.
It shows just how much his character is losing his rationality and beginning to spiral out of control.
5. Good Will Hunting (1997) " Farting Wife"
Scene: Whiz kid Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is at one of his many therapy sessions when therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) decides to tell a personal story in order to get Hunter to better open up emotionally.
He begins to recall a memory about his late wife and her flatulent habits. This causes Hunting to laugh hysterically.