10 Unsuccessful Movie Takes That Unexpectedly Turned Out to Be Ingenious
However much you try to stick to your plans, something will always go wrong. The world of cinematography is no exception to this rule of life. Yet sometimes a departure from the script, an unsuccessful take, or another kind of mistake made by the actor can turn into something elegant and charming that might even lead us to think, "This is my favorite movie."
Today we at Bright Side will reveal ten movie takes of this kind that surprisingly turned out to be ingenious.
Casino Royale (2006)
During filming, Daniel Craig just waded into the water, but for some reason the cameraman didn’t cut when he was supposed to. The end result was one of the most recognizable and sexy scenes of any Bond movie. In fact, Craig’s swim shorts became famous and were sold at auction for $72,000.
Star Wars (1977)
In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker puts on a stormtrooper’s helmet and exclaims, “I can’t see anything in this thing!“ Indeed, because the helmet genuinely had a poor field of view, Mark Hamill bumps his head against a doorframe in one scene. It was decided to keep this in the final cut, and the shot of the ”clumsy stormtrooper" became one of the most famous of the franchise.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
In The Lord of the Rings there is a scene where a clumsy Gandalf (Ian McKellen) bangs his head against a light fitting in the cramped confines of Bilbo Baggins’s home. This one was in the script, but the next blow — against a doorframe — occurred by accident. McKellen’s gasp and surprised laughter were so good that director Peter Jackson decided to leave this accident in the scene.
Rain Man (1988)
One of the most famous scenes in this movie became famous thanks to the fact it was completely improvised. In the scene, in which two brothers squeeze into a phone booth together, Dustin Hoffman made an unpleasant situation even worse by fouling the air. This unfortunate event had no effect on the actors’ ability to finish the scene.
Django Unchained (2012)
According to the script, in one scene DiCaprio was supposed to shout loudly and wave his arms around. But in a moment of intense feeling, the actor instead banged his hand against the table and cut it on some glass. Tarantino kept filming, and DiCaprio kept performing. The result was a highly memorable scene. Yet more proof that Leo once again deserved that Oscar.
The Dark Knight (2008)
In this famous installment of the Batman reboot, the Joker, dressed in a nurse’s uniform, is meant to blow up a hospital. Heath Ledger had one chance to shoot the scene with an actual explosion taking place, but for some reason the detonator didn’t work. Without coming out of character, Ledger shook it and pressed on the button several times until finally we see the almighty explosion.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Chris Pratt, playing Star-Lord, often fooled around and joked during the shooting of this movie. His improvised performance was caught on camera, complete with the line "Sorry, I don’t know how this machine works!" and an obscene gesture. It was not only subsequently included in the movie but also became one of the most remembered among audiences.
Fight Club (1999)
In the scene in which Tyler Durden teaches Edward Norton’s character how to fight in a parking lot, the latter was supposed to lightly hit his opponent on the shoulder. But the actor was asked to do something unusual in the scene, and so he decided to strike Brad Pitt on the ear. Pitt’s resulting display of pain was genuine.
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
When filming the final fight scene, the crew tried to make it look as real as possible. So when the stunt double told Tom Cruise not to hold back with his blows, the actor followed his advice and punched his opponent as hard as he could in the jaw. The decision was made to use this take in the movie, and it’s possible to see Cruise’s genuine shock when he realizes his mistake.
Bill Murray is a real legend of cinema on account of his love for improvisation. This was the source of his famous line "He slimed me!" after his first encounter with the iconic green and gluttonous ghost.
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