15 World Famous Movie Scenes That Were Total Accidents

Sometimes the slightest accident on film sets causes major disruptions in production. However, our very talented actors move on to improvisation and end up creating some truly iconic scenes. Take a look at 15 very famous movie scenes that were total accidents:

1. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

James Franco wore a headband in Pineapple Express for a purpose. Franco needed the blindfold to cover a head injury he sustained after hitting a tree.

2. THE PRINCESS MARRIED

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Since the props department couldn’t find an artificial sword, Christopher Guest used a real sword. Cary Elwes told Guest to only hit him with the sword. However, he woke up in hospital the next morning with multiple stitches.

3. THE DARK KNIGHT

Movie scenes that were total accidents

The iconic hospital explosion scene was the result of a malfunctioning electronic detonator. The hospital was set to explode when Heath Ledger pressed the button. So the remote fiddle you see is genuine.

4. THE GODFATHER

The actor who played Luca Brasi was a real mobster. Lenny Montana was an arsonist who was cast primarily because he was huge. He was nervous with lines that Coppola used to his advantage.

5. PULP FICTION

The line that kicks off the flight is slightly different at the end of the film, a mistake Tarantino let slip because it subtly emphasizes how the scene is no longer from Pumpkin and Honey Bunny’s perspective.

6. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

Movie scenes that were total accidents

A drunk extra threw a can of beer at Malkovich’s bean. Some extras got ripped off and decided to do a drive-by while the scene was live. Malkovich’s reaction (pissed off) is genuine.

7. THE GODFATHER

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In one of the scenes, Don Corleone’s cat was purring so loudly that they almost had to use subtitles. The cat wasn’t in the script in the first place and was just a cute stray that Coppola found.

8. STAR WARS

Movie scenes that were total accidents

The iconic lightsaber sound was created due to a broken mic cable. Sound designer Ben Burtt walked past his TV holding a microphone with a bare wire. This thread picked up the tube buzz and the iconic KZSSH!! was born.

9. THE WIZARD OF OZ

There was a malfunction with the fireworks in the Wizard of Oz. You can see the red smoke appear before the Wicked Witch leaves. When they tried a reshoot, it all went wrong and the actress got 2nd degree burns on her face.

10. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Movie scenes that were total accidents

Chris Pratt actually dropped the ball GOT 1. The scene made it to the final cut because it was perfectly in character. Pratt wasn’t supposed to drop the orb when presenting it to the collector.

11. TRUE LIE

Jamie Lee Curtis has lost his grip. Her fall during her seductive dance was real. You can even see Arnold moving to help him.

12. STAR TREK BEYOND

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Idris Elba’s fatigue from last night gave Chris Pine a hard time. Elba was exhausted while filming a fight scene and accidentally landed a punch on Pine’s eye.

13. GHOSTBUSTERS

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A crew member knocked the bookcase over. A falling shelf should have been a disaster, but Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd turned it into comedy gold.

14. EXTERIORS

Movie scenes that were total accidents

Matt Dillon actually fell on his ass. When Dallas falls out of his chair in his sleazy attempt to flirt with Cherry, the whole cast was truly going nuts.

15. JAWS

Hooper escaped due to some choice B-roll streaks. A real wild shark violently attacked the cage when no one was inside. So they rewrote the script to let Hooper off the hook.

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Andrea G. Henderson