17 iconic improvised film actors

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” started as an inside joke!

Improvisation is a sword that most actors learn to wield. However, only those who have mastered the art can come up with an absolutely murderous line on the spot, often creating some of the film’s most memorable moments.

Here are 17 actors from iconic film lines imagined on location:


Roy Scheider improvised the line “You’re going to need a bigger boat!” in Jaws because it was a joke between the cast and the crew.

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The joke started with the barge dubbed the SS Garage Sale, which carried all the filming equipment and was stabilized by a singular small boat.

Writer Carl Gottlieb told the hollywood reporter, “[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were very stingy producers, so everyone was telling them, “You’re going to need a bigger boat. It became a slogan whenever something went wrong – if lunch was late or the swell made the camera shake, someone would say, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”


The scene in Black Panther where M’Baku leads Jabari’s men to growl at Everett Ross for speaking in turn was entirely Winston Duke’s idea.

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He said Vanity Show, “[The Jabari] don’t hide, we’re not sneaking around. We go through the front door.


When Princess Leia told Han Solo “I love you” in The Empire Strikes Back, Harrison Ford responded “I know” because he thought it suited his character better than the scripted response.

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Carrie Fisher was annoyed that Harrison changed the scene without his input, but director Irvin Kershner liked the idea.


Matthew McConaughey was cast in a scene in Dazed and confused last minute with no lines written, so as soon as the director called “Action!” he said, “Alright, alright, alright!”

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It was also the first scene on camera he had already filmed. He was offered the role of David Wooderson after meeting the producer at a bar.


Tony Stark was originally not supposed to reveal his superhero identity at the end of Iron Man, but at the last minute Robert Downey Jr. added, “I’m Iron Man.”

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Producer Kevin Feige said Deadline, “This success [of Iron Man‘s twist ending] inspired us [at Marvel Studios] going deeper into self-confidence to find the balance between staying true to the comic book and the comic book spirit but not being afraid to adapt and evolve and change things. “


Bill Murray improvised most of Peter Venkman’s lines in ghost hunters, including his iconic response to weight loss: “I feel so awesome. “

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Jason Reitman, son of director Ivan Reitman, said Weekly entertainment, “It’s as if Bill Murray got a mumblecore-style essay on every scene and then allowed to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”


While filming a fight scene in Fight Club, Edward Norton surprised Brad Pitt by hitting him in the ear, so Brad’s response “Why the ear?” was genuine.


During the last week of filming Taxi driver, director Martin Scorsese locked himself with Robert De Niro in a room and asked the actor to say something in the mirror, so Robert proposed, “Are you talking to me?”

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Martin said Today, “He kept repeating it, kept repeating it … and the [assistant director] knocking on the door saying, “Come on, we have to get out of here.” And I said, ‘No, that’s good, that’s good. Give me one more minute. ‘”


Shooting on Casablanca started off with an unfinished script, so as Rick and Ilsa said goodbye, Humphrey Bogart improvised the line “I’m looking at you, kid”.

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The line has ended appearing twice in the film and became a popular quote in the 1930s.


When Murray shaves his head during the party scene at Distraught, Donald Faison said: “I keep it real!” because he heard a younger neighbor say it.

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He said Vulture, “I was like, ‘Oh. Is that what the kids are saying now?’ And so I put that in myself. “


While filming the scene where Forrest meets Bubba in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks came up with this line: “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.”

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Director Robert Zemeckis preserved because of how funny he found it.


During filming The brilliant, Jack Nicholson improvised the line “Here’s Johnny!” as a reference to Tonight’s show with Johnny Carson.

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At first, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t sold because he didn’t understand the reference, so he almost ended up on the cutting room floor.


During filming Presenter: The Legend of Ron Bourgogne, director Adam McKay told Steve Carrell to say anything because he wanted Brick Tamland to have more lines, so Steve said, “I love the lamp.”

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Will ferrell picked up about what he was doing and improvised, “Do you just look at things in the office and say you like them?” “


In Avengers: Infinity War, the line “I don’t want to go”, which Peter Parker utters just before he turns to dust, was inspired by an acting technique that Tom Holland uses to make himself cry.

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During the shoot, Tom kept repeating “I don’t want to go” in his head, then decided to say it out loud.


In The Godfather, Clemenza’s original line ended with ‘Leave the gun’, but Richard Castellano added ‘take the cannoli’ at the suggestion of his wife, Ardell Sheridan.

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It was a reminder to one previous scene in which Ardell, who also played his wife in the film, asked him to pick up a cannoli.


Joe Pesci’s line “Funny how?” in Goodfellas was based on an actual incident that happened when he was a waiter who accidentally offended a gangster by telling him he was funny.

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He share the story during rehearsals, and director Martin Scorsese liked it so much that he asked Joe and Ray Liotta to take inspiration from it and improvise most of the scene.


And finally, during the shooting Goodwill hunting, Robin Williams improvised an entire speech about his character’s late wife that almost broke Matt Damon’s character, starting with “She was farting in her sleep. One night it was so loud that she woke the dog.”

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The crew thought it was so funny you can see the camera wobbles while his operator laughs.

Andrea G. Henderson