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19 Bloopers That Were So Good They Were Part of Movies

Movie production is a very complicated process which doesn’t always go as planned — stage sets can fall or actors can forget their lines. But some witty actors stay professional in any situation. They endure pain from real injuries without falling out of character, they improvise when they forget their lines, or they can even do stunts without a stunt double. Sometimes those improvisations turn out to be even better than the original script. Thanks to these bloopers, episodes become more realistic and eventually end up being part of the movies themselves.

At Bright Side, we believe that the “behind-the-scenes” part of movie production is as fascinating as the movies themselves. So, we put together 19 bloopers that ended up being part of a movie’s final cut thanks to their actors’ improvisation and gumption.

1. The 40 Year Old Virgin

Do you remember the scene where Steve Carell’s character gets his chest hair waxed? Initially the movie director had planned to use special effects and make-up there but Steve suggested that they remove his hair for real. So, all the emotions and reactions in this part are real.

2. Forrest Gump

In one part of this movie, Tom Hanks’ character, in reply to the line “My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me Bubba,” says, “My name’s Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.” In reality, Hanks misspoke, but the movie director liked this blooper so much that he included it in the final cut.

3. The ’Burbs

Do you remember the scene where the main hero drags the cart into the ambulance by himself? Tom Hanks made this up on the spot.

4. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The famous scene where Nick the Greek broke the glass table with his glass wasn’t planned. It was an accident, so the surprise and fear on the actors’ faces was actually genuine. The movie director liked this blooper so much that he decided to keep it in the movie.

5. Scent of a Woman

In order to be truthful while playing the part of blind Frank Slade, Al Pacino trained himself to not visually focus on anything for a long time. Eventually he got so much into his part, that he could hardly see. The scene where he stumbles over a trash bin and falls down was unplanned. It was an accident, but the movie director decided to keep this take in the movie.

6. Being John Malkovich

There is a scene in this movie where Malkovich is walking along a road and someone in a car that passes by throws a can at him, saying, “Hey, Malkovich, think faster!” In reality, the car was caught on camera by sheer accident. Inside there was an extra from the movie, who was drunk. The movie director liked the take and decided to keep it.

7. Full Metal Jacket

The scene where sergeant Hartman trained his new recruits was completely improvised. Lee Ermey actually used to be a combat instructor and he played all his scenes by ear.

8. American Beauty

The spectacular scene where Lester Burnham throws a plate at the wall was completely improvised by Kevin Spacey. He got carried away by the fight at the dinner table and decided to step outside of the original script.

9. Whiplash

For the slapping scene, the starring actors filmed several takes with Simmons only miming the slap. Eventually Simmons and Teller decided to film the scene with a real, genuine slap and this is the take that is in the actual film.

10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

There is a scene in this movie where Kate Winslet’s character disappears abruptly. Jim Carrey wasn’t informed about it, so the expression of surprise on his face is genuine.

11. Lucky Number Slevin

In accordance with the script, Lindsey had to enter the room when Slevin was removing the only thing he had on — a towel. But the actress wasn’t informed that he would really be naked, so her surprise and confusion are genuine.

12. Alien

In the chest bursting scene, we could see how frightened the actors were. Their fear was genuine. The cast didn’t expect so much blood, and didn’t know which way the blood would splatter.

13. The Revenant

In the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio devoured a raw slab of bison’s liver, he actually did it for real. He thought it was necessary for his part, despite the fact that he is actually a vegetarian.

14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

During one of the scenes, Barty Crouch Junior (David Tennant) imitated a snake’s tongue. The movie director liked this gesture and decided to keep it in the movie. That is why the gesture was performed by Brendan Gleeson afterward.

15. The Other Guys

There is a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg’s character says, “lf we were in the wild, l would attack you. lf l were a lion, and you were a tuna, l would swim out in the middle of the ocean and freaking eat you!” In reply, Allen Gamble, acted by Will Ferrell, explains why a lion swimming in the ocean is a pretty stupid thing. In reality, Will shouldn’t have said a thing but he decided to play it by ear. Later Mark Wahlberg confessed that it was difficult for him to not break into laughter at that moment.

16. Mrs. Doubtfire

Do you remember the scene where Mrs. Doubtfire’s mask fell out of window and the main character had to cover his face with icing from a cake. Unfortunately the icing on his face began to melt off. This was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams had to improvise a lot. For example, when another portion of icing dropped into a cup of tea, he said jokingly, “Here’s your cream and sugar.”

17. Scream

In the scene where Matthew Lillard’s character discovered that the gun was gone, he said, “Ah... Houston, we have a problem.” But in reality, this was the actor’s ad lib.

18. The Matrix

The scene where Neo climbed out of the window of a skyscraper was performed by Keanu Reeves without a stuntman. The shooting of the scene happened on the 34th floor of a building.

19. Dirty Dancing

The famous scene where Johnny and Baby are crawling toward each other on the floor wasn’t intended to be part of the film. They were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but the movie director liked it so much, he kept it in the film.

In which other movies do you think that the actors’ reactions and emotions were genuine?