The OT Thread: Your Favorite Unscripted Moments In Film

We haven't had an OT thread in a long, long time. Part of that is on me for being grossly negligent, but with the Seahawks on a hot streak and morale high, let's shoot the shit.

I'll kick off the conversation with a favorite topic of mine: the movie scene that doesn't go as well as planned, but still makes it into the final cut and becomes a classic. I'll list a few of my favorites.

ALIEN--The Chest Burster



This scene isn't exactly "unscripted", but Ridley Scott never bothered to tell the actors. According to Sigourney Weaver, the only line in the script was "this thing emerges". Nobody on set was prepared for what would end up as one of the most horrific scenes in film history. Veronica Cartwight's hysterical screaming at the fake blood splashing on her face? That was her genuine reaction to the insane shit happening on screen, with no idea that it would happen. Possible dick move on Scott's part, but hey, it got the job done.




Harrison Ford, like most sane people, hated George Lucas' dialogue--he once told the man "You can write this shit, George, but you can't say it". That resentment boiled over into the climactic carbonite scene, where a desperate Leia told Han "I love you". The script originally called for Solo to say "I love you too", which would be terribly cheesy even by Star Wars standards. Instead, Ford improvised and retorted "I know", affirming Han as the badass rogue we came to love, unflinching even in the face of horrific carbonite freezing. I have no doubt that if Lucas held on to the property instead of selling it to Disney, he would've edited in his original line in the next home video release.




Aragorn and his new-found friends spent countless days chasing down the orcs who kidnapped their hobbit companions. They think they came to the end of their journey, in a pile of corpses. Sickened by his own perceived failure, Aragorn kicks an orc helmet and yells at the heavens for being too late.

It's an incredible, emotional scene for Viggo Mortensen, one of the most underrated actors of our generation. Only problem is, he wasn't acting. The entire cast and crew were struggling all day trying to get this scene right, and in a moment of frustration, Mortensen kicked a helmet out of nowhere. He broke his toe on that kick and subsequently fell down in anguish. For his efforts, the directors went with that take. Now we can watch Mortensen injure himself again and again on DVD. To be fair, he did stay in character the whole time and the scene works incredibly well even if you know the behind-the-scenes stuff.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK--Indy says "fuck you" to swords



This is probably the most famous unscripted scene in history, and most of you know about it, so I'll spare the gory details. Indiana Jones was set to have a big, epic fight with this sword-master, but Harrison Ford was dealing with dysentery that day, they couldn't reschedule that scene, and everybody just wanted to get it over with and retire for the night. So Spielberg and company agreed to just let Ford shoot the guy and go home. The result is one of the funniest anticlimaxes we will ever see.

I'm sure I left off a lot of other examples. What are your favorite "unscripted" movie scenes? What are your favorite movie scenes, period?

EDIT: Per Thomas Beekers, here's a handy video of the 25 greatest unscripted scenes ever.

This is the new designated OT thread. Discuss whatever you want, please rec this post up. I will be here all week.

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