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    Ariana Grande Improvised Her "Don't Look Up" Lyrics, And 12 Other Times The Cast Accidentally Made The Movie 100% Better

    Honestly, is there anything Meryl Streep can't do???

    1. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Rob Morgan spent two days improvising the first Oval Office scene. The first cut was a whopping 16 minutes long but was, of course, shortened. Some gems like this still made the cut, though:

    Jonah saying he can't think of another president he'd ever wanna see in Playboy
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    2. In fact, Meryl improvised a different phone call in that scene for every single take. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at 10 of them:

    Meryl Streep improvised a different presidential phone call for ✨ every single take ✨ of the Oval Office scene in DON'T LOOK UP. Here are 10 of them. https://t.co/inTvpVpBcJ

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    3. Jason Orlean's fist bump and comment to Kate in the Oval Office was all Jonah:

    Jonah saying "Thanks for dressing up"
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    4. In fact, a lot of Jason's insults in the movie were improvised by Jonah, according to Jennifer Lawrence:

    Jonah saying "I'm the fucking Chief of Staff, Boy with the Dragon Tattoo"
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    She told Vanity Fair, "It was really, really hard filming with Jonah and just not ruining take after take just laughing. We one time dedicated an entire day to him just improving insults at me. It was amazing."

    5. Leo also improvised the part where Randall started screaming at the camera on a children's TV show:

    Leo telling the kids to tell their parents the president and Isherwell are sociopaths and fascists
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    Director Adam McKay explained that he'd only scripted two lines, and the rest was 100% Leo.

    6. Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett improvised quite a bit in their talk show scenes, including lines like this:

    Cate and Tyler joking about them having enough Xanax and that a spoonful of it makes the medicine go down
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    7. This peculiar line Yule's friend asked Kate was also totally unscripted:

    Him asking if he can touch her hair in a nonsexual way
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    8. This line about potatoes was alllll Timothée Chalamet:

    Timothée saying he loves fingerling potatoes.
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    The original line was about sweet potatoes, actually. 

    9. Ariana Grande improvised some lines from her song "Just Look Up," like these:

    Ariana singing to turn off the shit box News and that everyone is about to die soon
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    Adam revealed that it's one of his favorite moments in the film, saying, "The second I heard it, I was like, 'Oh, that's going in the movie.'"

    10. The entirety of Jason Orlean's "prayer to stuff" was improvised by Jonah:

    Jonah talking about how he wants to say a prayer to stuff instead of people, like apartments and watches and cars that could go away
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    11. Leo came up with Randall's very last, heart-wrenching line before the comet hits Earth:

    Randall saying, "We really did have everything, didn't we? I mean, when you think about it."
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    Adam revealed that the idea made him and script supervisor Cate Hardman immediately tear up.

    12. Meryl improvised the line about how President Orlean would die, which became the inspiration for the mid-credit scene:

    The president asking how she'll die, Isherwell saying she'll be eaten by a Bronaroc, and the mid-credits scene where it happens
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    Adam told Variety that after they shot that scene, he got the idea to end the movie with Orlean getting eaten by a Brontaroc. They shot two mid-credit scenes — one where they are fighting over who is going to build houses on the new planet, and the one that made it in the movie. 

    13. And finally, Jonah improvised part of this post-credits scene too:

    Jonah saying he's the last man on Earth, shit's fucked up, don't forget to like and subscribe!" to his camera
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    Don't forget to watch this star-studded cast in Don't Look Up, streaming on Netflix.