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5 Iconic Movie Scenes That Were Not Planned

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It’s hard to explain what makes a something iconic, but there’s no doubt that these movie scenes were not written or intended to become so quotable and re-watchable… because they were never in the script to begin with. Check out these iconic movie scenes that are actually the consequences of happy accidents or actors improvising below.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Harrison Ford fell extremely ill while shooting Raiders in Tunisia, so he was not looking forward to a three day shoot in which Indy goes head to head with the sword-fighting Arab. He suggested that Indy simply shoot the guy with one blow to Spielberg, and Spielberg agreed, turning the scene from a regular fight sequence into an iconic and hilarious movie moment.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger improvised the Joker joining in on applauding Commissioner Gordon in the scene where he’s being kept in a jail cell. It wasn’t expected by director Christopher Nolan or anyone else, but obviously it was so chilling that they had to zoom in on him at that moment.

Django Unchained

While filming the above intense scene for Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio was so in character that he accidentally cut his hand during the action. His reaction to the cut is completely real, and rather than ask Quentin Tarantino to stop filming so he could tend to his wounds, Leo played out the remainder of the scene with his injury, which in turn added more tension and violence to the already dramatic scene.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

In the original scrip for The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo responds to Leia’s “I love you” with “I love you, too”. The director didn’t feel this was quite right for the character, and asked Harrison Ford to respond in a way that felt right for Han Solo. He said, “I know”, and it ironically became one of the most romantic moments in movie history.

Wolf of Wall Street

The humming and chest pounding Matthew McConaughey’s character does in Wolf of Wall Street is actually an exercise Matthew does for himself before scenes, in order to feel relaxed and get out of his head before shooting. Leonardo DiCaprio saw this, and encouraged McConaughey to use it for his character in the scene.

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