back to top

17 Famous Movie Moments That Were Actually Improvised

Robert De Niro came up with "You talking to me?" himself.

Posted on

1. Willy Wonka's entrance, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Paramount Pictures

Gene Wilder accepted the role of Willy Wonka on the condition that he got to add his surprise entrance to the film. In letters to the director he explained his reasoning: "From that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth."

2. The chest-waxing scene, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Universal Pictures

The whole chest-waxing scene was completely authentic – it was Steve Carell's first time being waxed and every single swearword was a genuine response to the pain.

3. "Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?", Dumb and Dumber (1994)

New Line Cinema

Like many scenes in the film, the hitchhiking one is improvised. Peter Farrelly, one of the directors of Dumb and Dumber, said in an AMA that 15% of the film was improvised.


6. The rubber duck scene, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Warner Bros.

Mark Williams changed the line with every take, Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) said, but it was always hilarious. "We did that scene about 13 or 14 times," Rankin said, "and every time it was something else."

7. Voldemort's final speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Ralph Fiennes changed his speech for every rehearsal so the reaction from the rest of the cast would be different for each take.


9. "Big-ass forehead", Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Universal Pictures

In an interview Ludacris talked about Dwayne Johnson's ad-libbed burn. "We do a lot of different takes and a lot of our ideas make it into the movie," he said. "At the end of Fast Six when I spit out my drink and laugh at The Rock's comments to Tyrese, I'd whispered to him to joke on Tyrese."

11. "But why male models?", Zoolander (2001)

Paramount Pictures

After David Duchovny's speech about the corruption of the modelling world, Ben Stiller forgot his line and asked "Why male models?" again. Stiller confirmed this in a Reddit AMA.

12. "I'm walking here!", Midnight Cowboy (1969)

United Artists

The famous line was a result of Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight filming in real life traffic and a cab getting in the way. Hoffman told Vanity Fair: "So I said, ‘I’m walking here,’ meaning, ‘We’re shooting a scene here, and this is the first time we ever got it right, and you have fucked us up.’"