It Was The Most Famous Movie Line Ever, But He Was Never Meant To Say It

Jul 09, 2021Roshanak

Movie scripts can change while the film is being made, and some of the best actors in the world have adlibbed lines that ended up becoming the most iconic in the movie. Actor Richard Castellano made up one of the greatest lines in ‘The Godfather’. Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt added their own spin to some dialogue in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Let’s find out more!

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Clueless

“ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT”

While Matthew McConaughey is one of the most dynamic actors in Hollywood, a lot of people associated him with the phrase: “Alright, alright, alright.” It’s from the film ‘Dazed and Confused’, and he actually came up with that line himself. The actor was not even supposed to appear in that particular scene, but the director gave him 30 minutes to come up with something.

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Image Credits: Alphaville/Dazed and Confused

"HERE'S JOHNNY!"

‘The Shining’ is a classic of horror cinema, and Jack Nicholson is widely remembered for this particular line. Interestingly, the actor had to destroy 60 doors before Kubrick was satisfied with the scene. Furthermore, the infamous adlib was almost cut from the film altogether.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./The Shining

"I'M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION"

Anchorman’ is a Will Ferrell masterpiece, and many hilarious lines in it were not in the original screenplay. But one of the best is the comedian’s “I’m in a glass case of emotion”, which is even more amazing because he is in a telephone booth. It’s hard to imagine the film without it.

Image Credits: Dreamworks Pictures/Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

"WARRIORS, COME OUT TO PLAY"

You might be surprised to learn that this line was not supposed to be in ‘The Warriors’. It even became like a tagline for promotions. But David Patrick Kelly came up with it, and it was a huge success. Interestingly, the actor was inspired by a neighbor bully he once knew.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/The Warriors

"WELL, I MUST SAY I'D HOPED FOR BETTER"

The final film in the main ‘Harry Potter’ franchise was full of action, and Voldemort’s speech when he thinks Harry is dead is nerve-wracking. But this one was improvised, and it seems that actor Ralph Fiennes never followed the script to the letter to keep things interesting for the rest of the cast.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

"MOLLY, YOU IN DANGER, GIRL"

Whoopi Goldberg is known for being hilarious, but ‘Ghost’ wasn’t supposed to be a funny movie. It was entertaining thanks to her. This adlib became iconic over the years, and her performance was so fantastic that she earned an Oscar for it. Do you remember this scene?

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Ghost

"THE LAST MAN WHO SAID THAT TO ME WAS ARCHIE LEACH"

Cary Grant was the “It” actor long ago and he actually came up with this phrase for the film ‘His Girl Friday’. Interestingly, Archibald Leach is Grant’s real name. The film was particularly praised for its dialogue, especially because they speak pretty fast, and it’s awesome that the actor came up with his own line.

Image Credits: Columbia Pictures/His Girl Friday

"YOU HEAR THAT?"

This might one of the most gruesome scenes in ‘Reservoir Dogs’, and that’s really saying something when it comes to a Quentin Tarantino film. Michael Madsen actually said this phrase completely unscripted to the ear, making things even more creepy and perfect for the story.

Image Credits: Artisan Entertainment/Reservoir Dogs

"I WISH I HAD A THEATER THAT WAS ONLY OPEN WHEN IT RAINED"

Murray was actually told that he had to come up with some dialogue because he had to pretend that his character had already been talking the entire night. Therefore, some of the best lines in ‘Tootsie’ were delivered by the actor. It’s another example of how amazing Murray has always been.

Image Credits: Columbia Pictures/Tootsie

"I WOULD BE PROUD TO PARTAKE OF YOUR PECAN PIE"

Billy Crystal was also given a bit of freedom with his dialogue in the film ‘When Harry Met Sally’. This led to some of the most memorable lines in cinema. You might remember the deli scene, but this adlib happened in the scene with the funny voices.

Image Credits: Castle Rock Entertainment/When Harry Met Sally

"YOU'RE AN ERRAND BOY SENT BY A GROCERY CLERK"

While Marlon Brando is remembered as a legend in Hollywood, he was sometimes pretty problematic to work with. When the actor showed to film his part in ‘Apocalypse Now’, he was more overweight than expected and did not know his lines. So, his entire part in the movie was completely ad-libbed.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Apocalypse Now

"WHAT HUMP?"

If you’re the kind of person that notices continuity errors in films, you probably noticed that Marty Feldman’s hump changed sized during ‘Young Frankenstein’. One of the best moments of the film was when the actor joked about it as if the character didn’t know he had a hump. It was definitely not in the script.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Young Frankenstein

"WHERE I COME FROM, I'M NOT CONSIDERED AVERAGE"

Naturally, there are a few modern movie lines that were also improvised. It might take a few more years to become iconic, but who knows what will happen? During ‘Wonder Woman’, Chris Pine and Gal Gadot played an awkward but funny scene on a boat. The actor improvised this phrase and made the moment funnier.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Wonder Woman

"UH-OH. SOMEBODY FOUND A SOUVENIR"

Bridesmaids’ has also become an iconic film, as the sort of female version of ‘The Hangover’. Melissa McCarthy had some of the funniest scenes in the movies, and this improvised line happened on the airplane scene with the air marshal. Interestingly, the actor playing him is her husband, Ben Falcone.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Bridesmaids

"IT'S A CINDERELLA STORY"

Here’s another instance where Bill Murray was told to improvise some lines for a film. In ‘Caddyshack’, the director asked the actor to come up with something and deliver them the way a sports commentator would usually do. That’s how this scene became iconic.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Caddyshack

MURRAY WHISPERING IN JOHANSSON’S EAR

Naturally, there had to be another example of Bill Murray improvising his lines. However, the audience doesn’t get to hear it this time. In ‘Lost in Translation’, the actor and his co-star, Scarlet Johansson, kissed, and he said something in her ear. The original screenplay just said that they should hold hands. Both actors still refuse to reveal what was whispered back then.

Image Credits: American Zoetrope/Lost in Translation

"I'M KEEPING IT REAL"

You might be pretty familiar with this phrase from regular slang, but it was not in the original script for ‘Clueless’. Donald Faison came up with it because he had heard a neighbor teen saying it at some point. Therefore, he added it because his character was a teenager as well.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Clueless

SCREAM OF PAIN

Do you remember when Aragorn kicked his helmet in the first ‘Lord of the Rings’? Well, the actor was never supposed to go down on his knees and scream. It was not exactly an improvised moment, though. Viggo Mortensen broke his toe after hitting the armor and couldn’t contain his pain. But it made the scene so much better.

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/Lord of the Rings

"EVERYONE WANTS TO BE US"

Meryl Streep is a legend in Hollywood, and her iconic role as Miranda Priestly in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ will never be forgotten. Miranda and Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy, are talking about how harsh the fashion industry can be in the car, and the actress changed the original line, “Everyone wants to be me”, to the one in the final cut.  

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Devil Wears Prada

"I LOVE LAMP"

Here’s another improvised funny moment from ‘Anchorman’. Director Adam McKay wanted Steve Carell to say more stuff, but there was nothing else for him in the script. So, the actor was told to just say some stuff. Aside from “I love lamp”, there’s also, “I ate a big red candle”.

Image Credits: Dreamworks Pictures/Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

"I'M TOTALLY BUGGIN' MYSELF"

Here’s another improvised moment in ‘Clueless’, which is considered a teen cult classic. You might remember that Cher and other characters often said the word “Buggin”. However, at the end of the movie, Paul Rudd said a phrase that had others cracking with laughter. Nobody knew what he was going to say.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Clueless

"NOT YOU, I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU"

You probably remember the scene where Lilly was catching up to Mia and Michael on the streets in ‘The Princess Diaries’. She said this phrase to a couple of random strangers walking in front of her. It was ad-libbed because producer Debra Martin Chase thought it would be funny. Director Garry Marshall was known for allowing collaboration on his sets.

Image Credits: Walt Disney Pictures/Princess Diaries

"ONE NIGHT IT WAS SO LOUD IT WOKE THE DOG UP"

‘Good Will Hunting’ made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck superstars, but Robin Williams is the definite jewel of this film. His character tells a story about his wife farting so loud while sleeping during a therapy session. Damon genuinely laughed during that scene because Williams was improvising. You can even somewhat notice the camera moving because the operator was also laughing.

Image Credits: Miramax/Good Will Hunting

"HAVE FUN STORMING THE CASTLE!"

The Princess Bride’ is another cult classic of cinema on this list, and there are many lines that people continue to quote every day. Billy Crystal played the role of Miracle Max, and although he was given a script, the actor apparently took tons of liberty with his part. He came up with several ad-libbed phrases along with co-star, Carol Kane.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Princess Bride

"I'M KING OF THE WORLD"

‘Titanic’ is another movie that has several iconic lines, but Leonardo DiCaprio came up with this one when he got on the ship. Apparently, James Cameron really enjoyed it and left it in the final cut. Most people yell this line when they get on a boat. "I'm the King of the World!"

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Titanic

“PEOPLE CALL ME FORREST GUMP”

When Tom Hanks’ character joins the army in ‘Forrest Gump’, he meets Bubba. He introduces himself as: “People call me ‘Bubba.'”. So, Hanks decided that Gump should say something similar: “People call me Forrest Gump.” Director Robert Zemeckis thought it was an excellent idea.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Forrest Gump

"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"

Jack Nicholson has already been mentioned on this list for ‘The Shining’, but he has another iconic line in ‘A Few Good Men’. The original script said: “You already have the truth.” However, the actor rephrased it, and it has been quoted for many years since the film came out.

Image Credits: Castle Rock Entertainment/A Few Good Men

"I'M FUNNY HOW? I MEAN, FUNNY LIKE I'M A CLOWN?"

Joe Pesci is another legend in Hollywood, especially for mobster movies such as ‘Goodfellas’. The actor started improvising this iconic dialogue during a key scene in the film with Ray Liotta. The story was based on something that had happened in real life. The rest of the cast didn’t know what was happening, but they went along with it.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Goodfellas

"HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID"

Casablanca’ definitely comes to mind when you think of Hollywood classic cinema, and Humphrey Bogart’s speech to Ingrid Bergman is fantastic. Interestingly, this line has actually come out off-camera when Bogart was teaching her how to play poker. They added it to the film afterward.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Casablanca

"I'M WALKING HERE"

Aside from being improvised, this line from ‘Midnight Cowboy’ has been quoted thousands of times in other movies, TV shows, etc. Interestingly, the actor was truly yelling at the cab that got in the way of filming. Of course, it had been placed in the final cut of the movie.

Image Credits: United Artists/Midnight Cowboy

"ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?"

Another hugely quoted line from a movie was said by Robert DeNiro in ‘Taxi Driver’. The actor came up with it as the screenplay only said that the character was just talking to himself in the mirror. But DeNiro decided to adlib a little bit, and it’s possibly the most iconic phrase in the film.  

Image Credits: Columbia Pictures/Taxi Driver

"HEY, MALKOVICH, THINK FAST"

You might be surprised to learn that this famous line from ‘Being John Malkovich’ was made up by an extra who was drunk at the time. He came up with the line and improvised throwing the beer can at Malkovich. Therefore, the actor actually yelled in pain.

Image Credits: Single Cell Pictures/Being John Malkovich

"I NEED A VACATION"

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a legend in Hollywood as well, but mostly, for action films. ‘Terminator’ was once one of the biggest franchises in cinema. This improvised line was uttered in the sequel, ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’. The actor is known for many quotable one-liners, and this one was pure gold!

Image Credits: Lightstorm Entertainment/Terminator 2: Judgment Day

"IT'S A FINE LINE BETWEEN STUPID AND CLEVER"

You might be surprised to learn that there are many improvised lines in ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. This line is only one of them. Interestingly, the three main actors in the film, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, got writing credits because they came up with lots of great stuff.

Image Credits: Spinal Tap Prod./This Is Spinal Tap

"I'M HEARING THIS, AND I WANT TO HEAR THIS"

Here’s another improvised line from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Emily Blunt played one of the best characters in the film, and her snarkiness was really relatable. The actress had actually heard a woman say it to her child at a store, and Blunt decided to include it.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Devil Wears Prada

"PICTURE A GIRL WHO TOOK A NOSEDIVE FROM THE UGLY TREE"

Matt Damon earned an Oscar for best original screenplay thanks to ‘Good Will Hunting’. So, it’s not surprising that the actor actually came up with the whole story during this scene in ‘Saving Private Ryan’. It showed how talented the young actor truly is.

Image Credits: Amblin Entertainment/Saving Private Ryan

"I DON'T CARE"

In ‘The Fugitive’, Harrison Ford tells Tommy Lee Jones that he didn’t kill his wife. The original screenplay had a line that read: “That’s not my problem.” However, the actor said, “I don’t care,” and it ended in the final cut of the film. Do you think he forgot his line at the time or was it planned?

Image Credits: Warner Bros./The Fugitive

"SHE TALKS IN HER SLEEP"

In ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, Sean Connery had a scene where he told the story of how he discovered that a woman was actually a Nazi. He added this adlib surprising the entire cast. They all laughed at the time, but it was so awesome that it was kept forever.

Image Credits: Lucasfilm/Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

HOPKINS HISSING

You might be surprised to learn that Hopkins is only in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ for 25 minutes. However, his performance was so amazing that he won an Academy Award. One of the reasons why he received so much praise was this scene where he added a hissing noise to a story about eating a human liver.

Image Credits: Orion Pictures/Silence of the Lambs

"LEAVE THE GUN. TAKE THE CANNOLI"

The Godfather’ is cinematic gold, and there are so many lines in the film that people tend to quote all the time. But this iconic scene might not have been the same if Richard Castellano followed the script. It just said, “Leave the gun.” However, the actor added the phrase “take the cannoli”, and the rest is history.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/The Godfather

"WHY MALE MODELS?"

Zoolander’ is another hilarious movie that has been quoted so many times over the years. This line was improvised by Ben Stiller because he couldn’t remember what was on the script in the first place. Therefore, the actor continued the scene, and David Duchovny did as well.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Zoolander

"GAME OVER, MAN. GAME OVER"

James Cameron liked how Bill Paxton improvised this line in ‘Alien’ that he decided to keep it for release. The phrase has been quoted so many times in pop culture that it’s impossible to quantify. You might have even used it while playing video games with your friends.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Alien

"WANT TO HEAR THE MOST ANNOYING SOUND IN THE WORLD?"

Interestingly, this entire scene in 'Dumb and Dumber' was completely improvised, which was not a problem for Jim Carrey who used to do sketch comedy. Jeff Daniels was brilliant at it too. Carrey came up with this line, and the part where they sing ‘Mockingbird’ was also spontaneous.

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/Dumb and Dumber

"KELLY CLARKSON!"

Judd Apatow decided to film Steve Carell getting his chest wax for the very first time on camera. This scene is the most iconic in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’. The actor ends up screaming the name of the famous singer because his pain was real. It’s still funny no matter how many times you have seen the movie.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/The 40-Year-Old Virgin

It’s pretty awesome that some of these lines became the most memorable in the film. Let us know which adlib was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love cinema. See you next time!

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