Whenever you’ve just seen a great movie, the first thing you take away with you are the greatest lines ever said. While most are attributed to the amazing writers behind the scenes, others are off-script impromptu golden moments by the actors themselves. That said, here are the five best improv scenes ever said on the big screens.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Bringing a gun to a sword fight
One of the most iconic Indiana Jones scene was actually a result of Indiana’s actor Harrison Ford suffering from food poisoning. Without the energy to do a sword fight like the original script asked, Harrison Ford discussed with Stephen Spielberg to have the scene changed and it ended up as the idiomatic scene we love today.
The Dark Knight
Joker’s Slow Clap
At that scene where Joker sat alone in a jail cell after being arrested by Jim Gordon, who later gets promoted, Heath Ledger was never supposed to do anything, but instead does a slow clap with an expressionless face on him. The simple improv was so unsettling and well done, still reverberating how good an actor Heath Ledger was when he was still with us. RIP.
You’re going to need a bigger boat
Chief Brody, while trying to draw out the shark was surprised to find the large shark appear and take eat the chum he’s been throwing into the see. The startled Police Chief began to move back in surprise. At this point, he threw out the dry note “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
The iconic “Here’s Johnny!” scene was not part of the original screenplay, but Jack Nicholson decided to add that scene in because it was a popular catchphrase then used by Ed McMahonto introduce Johnny Carson from The Johnny Carson Show.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Han Solo knows
The scene where Leia says “I love you” to Han Solo after he is captured by Boba Fett, the script said for him to say “I love you, too.” But since Han was such a strong character, the line didn’t work. George Lucas just told Ford to say something he thought fit. And it turned into “I know.”–ERNEST TO GOODNESS