Famous Movie Scenes That Weren't Meant To Happen

Aug 27, 2021James Montalvo

Not everything that's written in a movie script makes it into the film's final version. Conversely, some scenes that were never planned do. Okay, so how well do you know your favorite movies? For this juicy list, we're showing you some scenes that were never really meant to be in the movie but were so good, they made the final cut! 

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THE WARRIORS

Dystopian themed movies aren't a new thing. Back in the late-70s, one such film hit theaters with such great appeal. It was Walter Hills 1979 film, 'The Warriors'. It follows a dystopian New York City, where a gang called 'The Warriors' have to fight their way out of the city after being framed for the murder of a prominent figure. The film is a cult classic. There's one scene that's been immortalized more than most, it may surprise you but it wasn't supposed to go that way. Here it is.

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COME OUT TO PLAY

The before the coney island battle scene commences, The Warriors are taunted by a rival gang member in the eeriest and iconic way. In the scene, a character named Luther calls out to films heroes to "come out to play" while clanking three bottles together with his fingers. Director Walter Hills gave the actor free reign on what to do at that moment. It caught everyone by surprise. Here's more!

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

Few franchises can ever hope to live up to the magnitude that is Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Which one was your favorite? Ours, of course, is The Two Towers. Not only does it have the amazing Battle of Helm's Deep scene, but it also has a couple of our favorite unscripted moments. First up, a kick!

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KICKING AND SCREAMING

In the scene where Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come upon a pile of burning orc corpses, they realized that this was the troop of orcs they've been tracking -- the ones who had captured their hobbit friends, Merry and Pippen. With all signs pointing to the perceived death of their two young halfling companions, Aragorn kicks a helmet and screams in anguish. An emotional scene. That scream wasn't planned. Actor Vigo Mortensen actually broke two toes after the kick, it was more of a scream of literal pain than sorrow. 

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IT WORKED WELL FOR THE SCENE

A little later into the film we see Eowyn, the lady of Rohan, standing outside the great hall of their capital's keep. As she stares emotionally into the distance. A wide shot of the scene shows the flag of Rohan waving on a pole with the wind blowing. It rips and flies away, a great metaphor for what was going on in the events of the film. But, the flag wasn't supposed to get torn. It was a design error that luckily worked. How about that? 

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

From one beloved film franchise to another, Indiana Jones is a name that's just synonymous with adventure and action. Harrison Ford brought to life what whip swinging, boulder dodging archeologist slash hero, slash ladies man to life in great fashion. Along with so many quotable scenes, Ford also improvised an iconic moment in the film!

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SWORD TO A GUNFIGHT

Despite his tough-guy image, Harrison Ford isn't immune to everything. While filming on location in Tunisia, he got sick. The timing of the illness was impeccable because the actor had to shoot an intensely choreographed fight scene with a 'show-offy' swordsman in black. You know what I'm talking about! Indy, as cool as ever, decides to shoot the guy instead. Ford did this because he was too sick to do the fight. Never bring a sword to a gunfight.

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ANIMAL HOUSE

If you watch 1978's Animal House, you'll realize that a lot of the biggest names of the 80s and 90s cut their big-screen teeth in this movie. We've got future greats like Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Mark Metcalf, and Kevin Bacon all as young actors. Although, there is one man in the film we all surely miss, John Belushi. He took over that film as none could.

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THE ZIT 

Arguably the funniest scene in the film comes from the late John Belushi. The cafeteria scene wherein Belushi makes 'the zit joke' is totally unscripted and unplanned. As a matter of fact, everything he did while he was in the cafeteria for those sequence of scenes was all adlib by the great comedian. Just look at the reactions of his fellow castmates before the zit joke's climax, they were all on the verge of breaking character cause they had no idea what was coming. 

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Ah, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, modern cinema's behemoth of a franchise that spans dozens of films and tv shows, all intertwined with so much grace. In 2014, the uncanny hit, Guardians of the Galaxy introduced otherwise fringe characters into the mainstream and that was in no little part thanks to the comedic prowess of Chris Pratt. 

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DROP THE POWER

The film revolves around the chase after the Power Stone, one of the five infinity stones that cover the overall arc of the MCU. In the scene where Pratt's Starlord presents the Orb where the Powers Stone is in, his butterfingers get in the way of what would have been a cool moment. It's been shared that this scene wasn't planned and Pratt made the split decision to stay in character. 

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MIDNIGHT COWBOY

From modern marvel to a 60s classic. Let's talk Midnight Cowboy, shall we? The 1969 film starred two very young looking and very handsome actors, John Voigt, and Dustin Hoffman. The pair of unlikely friends take on New York City, hustling their way into fortune left and right. Hoffman is best known for a certain scene in the film. As it turns out, he improvised it.

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THOSE NEW YORK TAXIS

New York City traffic can be terrible, and dangerous. It's amazing how film productions can get their work done while filming in the city that never sleeps. The scene we're talking about is the one where Voigt and Hoffman are crossing the street and having a conversation when a taxi almost hits Hoffman. He responds with the lines "I'm walking here!" The actor claims he wanted to say "We're making a movie here" but was so method that he responded the way his character would instead. 

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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Today, the name Hannibal Lecter is synonymous with the image of a haunting psychopath and serial killer. That's all thanks to Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of the titular villain in the first of the three films he'd star as Lecter in, The Silence of the Lambs. The film showed us what a truly scary psychopath can be. 

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HISS-TERICAL

Throughout the film, Anthony Hopkin's Lecter and Jodi Foster's character have several eerie encounters, to say the least. But one above all takes the cake and makes it into the list. As he and Foster's character are having a conversation, Hopkins decided to do something that would catch the whole cast and crew by surprise. Mid-sentence, as he was explaining how Lecter ate someone, he gave a haunting hiss. One that definitely gave folks nightmares. 

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

2013 was a big year for films, and it was a great year for both Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio. While the film didn't win big at the Oscars, it was a box office success. It gave us a crazy look into the lives of Wall Street stockbrokers and how wild things could get because of money. It also gave us some hilarious movie moments. 

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BEAT THAT HEART

Matthew McConaughey had a brief but very memorable role in the film. He really made the most of his time in the movie and left us with a scene that no one can forget. In the scene with Leo's Jordan Belfort, McConaughey starts beating his chest and urges the upstart to follow. It makes for a hilarious moment, and it gets even better when you find out that this is actually a prep routine McConaughey does before working. Hilarious.

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THE DARK KNIGHT

This 2008 Batman movie is arguably the best superhero movie ever made. It's dark, it's gritty, and it has the amazing Heath Ledger playing the Joker. The late actor dove so deep into the character that there are so many scenes with great moments. But we're talking unscripted ones now, so this one makes the list. 

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BOOM, RIGHT?

In the scene where Joker is walking out of the hospital after freeing the now deranged Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, the titular villain is seen heading out with a remote detonator in his hand. The scene ends with Joke pushing the button but without anything happening, at first. The delayed explosion was an error made by the production, Ledger is genuinely shocked when it finally blows. 

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FAST & FURIOUS 6

If you're a fan of fast cars, beautiful women, and over-the-top action sequences, then we're pretty sure you're a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise. The sixth installment of the franchise saw Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson join the cast and deliver some explosive action on set. He also gave the film one of its greatest funny moments. 

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COULDN'T KEEP IT DOWN

The film is littered with subtle and playful comedic moments injected into scenes to keep things interesting. Of course, the action alone is enough, but what the heck, right? One of the film's best funny moments comes towards the end where the Rock's character visits the Tureto family at bbq. Tyrese's character cracks a joke at the Rock and he delivers a comeback that throws Ludacris so off-guard that he spits out the water he's drinking, unintentionally. 

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II

J.K. Rowling's wonderful of witchcraft and wizardry turned the world on its side crying when the final installment of the franchise was finally released. Film lovers and book readers alike were treated the epic conclusion of the magical saga. Despite the grand nature of the film franchise's finale, it's not without its improvised moments. This one had Potter fans cringing.

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THE WIZARDING WORLD'S MOST AWKWARD HUG

The following morning after the first night of the battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort and his troop of death eaters entered the school's grounds with Harry's not-dead body in tow. The dark lord ended up giving a speech, inviting those who would switch sides to be spared. Draco is the first and only one to walk over. That's when things get weird. Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort decides to hug Tom Felton out of nowhere, catching the whole cast and crew off guard and creating the most awkward hug ever!

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THE PRINCESS DIARIES

2001's The Princess Diaries introduced the world to Anne Hathaway. Disney's modern-day princess story turned the now-Oscar-winning actress into a household name. Since then the film has been a steady favorite of young girls and modern princess hopefuls around the world. Here's a scene that was unplanned, awkward, and could have turned out far worse.

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TRUE TO THE CHARACTER

The Disney film is about a teenage girl named Mia, who finds out that she's the heir apparent to a small European kingdom. It's basically an ugly duckling story of an awkward girl who discovers both her inner and outer beauty. In one scene, while having a conversation with her best friend on wet bleachers, Hathaway takes a tumble. It was real, there were no stunt doubles and yes, that could have been worse.

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THE USUAL SUBJECTS

This mind-boggling movie classic is one with a whole lot of plot twists. With a stellar ensemble of stars which include Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Polack, and Kevin Spacey, there really was nothing short of greatness to expect. Unfortunately for Director Bryan Singer, his stars weren't always up to the task of behaving. 

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PASSING GASS

The film's early scene where the main cast of characters is together for a police line is one of the films more important scenes. It not only introduces our characters but also shares the dynamic they have together. In the scene, you'll see the actors having a hard time controlling themselves. They're laughing their buts off as they try to read the lines given to them. This wasn't planned. Benicio Del Toro was actually farting over and over again the whole time, causing his castmates to break character.

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THE AVENGERS

To cap things off, we're back with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What better way to do so, right? The Avenger's franchise has turned into the most profitable movie franchise ever, and it all started with the success of one film, Iron man. This is why the entry on this list is a bi-product of the brilliance of none other than Robert Downey Jr.

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SHAWARMA TIME

In the film, we see Iron Man come back to consciousness in dramatic fashion. Being the slick-talking Stark that he is, he joking asks his new friends whether they have tried Shawarma before. This was an improvised moment from Downey which led to another improvised scene. Joss Whedon loved the line so much that he decided to add the Shawarma scene at the end of the film. 

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Did you know that these scenes were thought of on the spot by the actors or are you finding out about it just now? Let us know in the comment section if you know more unscripted or unintentional moments in movies that made the final cut. If you ha fun reading this, check out the other stories we've written on Amomedia for more fun!

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