15 Famous Movie Lines You Didn’t Know Were Improvised

Aliens
Aliens
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? Bill Paxton's famous "Game over, man! Game over!" quip (his original harried speech did not include the line).
Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
USA Films via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? The point at which a faceless extra tosses a can at the hapless title character's head, shouting, "Malkovich, think fast!" The actor was not expecting the projectile, so his wincing agony was also genuine. The extra, believe it or not, was rewarded for his innovation.
Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber
New Line Cinema via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? The "the most annoying sound in the world" bit, by master-of-the-infantile Jim Carrey. Mike Starr's resultant overwhelmed screams were also off the cuff. 

Zoolander
Zoolander
Paramount Pictures
What Was Improvised? Actually, this one is more than an improvisation. Following David Duchovny's long, complex explanation of Mugatu's diabolical plot, Ben Stiller accidentally repeated his inceptive line, "But why male models?" Duchovny stayed in character, improvising, "Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago," as a riff on Derek Zoolander's idiocy. 

Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? Pretty much everything that R. Lee Ermey says in the movie. Real life veteran Ermey was brought in to provide pointers to Kubrick's original Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, but wound up taking on the role himself thanks to his propensity for gruff moxy.
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver
Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? The whole "You talkin' to me?" speech... which must have been a terrifying thing to witness spring from the mind of a deep-in-character Robert De Niro. 

When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally
Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? Meg Ryan's faux orgasm center stage in Katz's Deli (the original scene was meant only to have Harry and Sally discuss "faking it," rather than either one of them actually demonstrating the practice). Following her performance, Billy Crystal suggested the now iconic punchline, "I'll have what she's having," which was delivered by director Rob Reiner's mother.
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
Miramax via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? Dr. Sean Maguire's anecdote about his late wife's flatulence. The script originally called for Robin Williams to deliver a story about his wife turning off the alarm clock in her sleep, but Williams created the far more intimate and charming version we see in 'Good Will Hunting' today. (This also explains why Matt Damon is laughing so hard in that scene.)
Frozen
Frozen
Walt Disney Pictures via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? Olaf's entire introductory scene, born from the creative ramblings of Josh Gad at the behest of Disney. 

Jaws
Jaws
Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? "You're going to need a bigger boat," thought up on set by Brody himself, Roy Scheider.
Casablanca
Casablanca
Warner Bros. Pictures
What Was Improvised? Rick's affectionate "Here's looking at you, kid," which was allegedly born from a real-life inside joke between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
The Shining
The Shining
Warner Bros
What Was Improvised? Jack Nicholson's treacherous "Heeere's Johnny!" upon busting in on Shelley Duvall with murderous intent. 

Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar
What Was Improvised? Dustin Hoffman's "I'm walkin' here!", which was delivered (in character) when a reckless cabbie almost ran down Hoffman and Jon Voight during shooting.
Empire Strikes Back
Empire Strikes Back
Lucasfilm
What Was Improvised? The terribly charming "I know" that Han Solo tosses at Princess Leia after she tells him she loves him. Harrison Ford didn't think that Solo would ever dignify her worshipfulness with an "I love you, too," as demanded by the script, so he went off book (to positive results).
Caddyshack
Caddyshack
Warner Bros. via Everett Collection
What Was Improvised? The entire "Cinderella story" speech, born straight from the brilliant and bonkers mind of the great Bill Murray. 


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