Although actors are technically bounded by the script in bringing their lines, there are some who prefer to think outside the box and creatively deliver their own lines or act however they want to or however they think may be appropriate for the scene.
Of course, for us audience, we certainly don’t know if a scene is improvised by the thespian because what we know is that everything that happens in the film or show is based from the script.
There are times when directors strictly want the actors to stick with what’s written and to avoid putting personal touches, but there are also moments when these added flavors bring more life to the scene.
Some of the improvised ones even make the films or shows memorable, and that’s thanks to the brilliant stars who gave it a little pizazz while still making everything sound and look so natural.
Here are some of the best-improvised scenes that you may not know about:
Ralph Fiennes and Mark Williams – ‘Harry Potter’
The “Harry Potter” franchise that is based on the JK Rowling novels of the same name have scenes that were actually improvised by the awesome cast members.
During the filming of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Voldemort, the noseless villain in the films, showed his other side – at least that’s what the actor, Ralph Fiennes, showed to the cast and crew during production.
Every time they shot the scene, he would spice things up a bit and change his line, clearly messing with the watchers. That’s not all, the moment when the antagonist hugged Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) was actually just a made-up move!
Meanwhile, another out-of-the-blue improvisation would prove that the cast were not as serious as the storyline went: Mark Williams, who played Rupert Grint’s Ron Weasley’s father, Arthur Weasley, apparently changed one line in his scene, the one where he asked Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) about the function of a rubber duck.
Actor Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, said they did 13 or 14 takes of that line and each time, Williams would make up something hilarious.
Gene Wilder – ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’
One of the most iconic eccentric films of all time is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” – who could ever forget the ever-ecstatic and outgoing Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas? We’re talking about the original film here that was released in 1971 with one of the most unpredictable actors of all time, the late Gene Wilder.
Before he took on the part, he warned the production team that he would be doing a lot of improvisations when he’s hired and so after making the cut, he did the expected: he shocked the cast with his glorious entrance by falling before tumbling.
Arguably one of the cutest and most iconic scenes in this film was when Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) showed Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) a box containing a very sparkly diamond-encrusted necklace.
She tried to reach for the jewelry but the man suddenly closes the box, slightly catching the woman off guard.
The random act elicited a totally natural reaction from Roberts, which made the scene even more adorable. Director Garry Marshall confirmed in an interview that this was totally an unplanned scene.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar award took so long that people started making memes for the legendary actor.
Why? That’s because he always showed his stellar acting skills and despite numerous nominations, he never snatched the award until 2016, when he was finally and rightfully recognized for his performance.
One of the films where he showed his A game was in “Django Unchained,” a 2012 Quentin Tarantino film.
“The Revenant” actor somehow got too much into the part that he started to go over the top: in one scene where he knew that Django wanted to set her wife free, Calvin Candie got mad – DiCaprio smashes his hand onto the glass table but accidentally broke it, which left a cut on his hand, a totally unpredicted event.
However, he didn’t break the fourth wall and continued acting as if he was enraged, all while his hand was bleeding. So for fans thinking that it was some ketchup or pig blood, you got it all wrong.