ByAndrea Marie Cini, writer at
Pretty much a fan of all but if you come at me with horror I have a salt shaker and an iron rod and I'm not afraid to use them :D
Andrea Marie Cini

Some of the most memorable lines in cinematic history, strangely enough, are not those written in black and white but those that the actors spontaneously say (or do) while in character. These lines, blurted out in the spur of the moment, are so wonderfully in character that fans just can't help remember them. Below, I have compiled a list of 10 of the most memorable unscripted lines that have made our favorite films (and series) even more memorable.

1. The Button: 'The Dark Night'

I think, it is safe to say, that Heath Ledger's portrayal of the notorious Joker in The Dark Knight was one of the most memorable. Ledger, while playing his part, was known for spontaneously saying and acting out scenes contrary to that written in the script. However, personally, one of his greatest spontaneous scenes was that of the malfunctioning button. Originally, the Joker was to dramatically walk away from the hospital as it exploded behind him. However, Ledger added a bit of Joker humor by fidgeting with the button prior to the scheduled explosions, fully playing to the villain's true character.

2. The Cat: 'The Godfather'

Even if you haven't seen The Godfather (which you should really go see if you haven't) we all know about the famous cat, which has coined a whole genre of evil villains with pet cats. It is a known fact that the famous feline was not in the original script but, how the cat became an iconic part of the cast, is still shrouded in mystery. Some say that Marlon Brando (Vito Corleone) found the little creature wondering around the set before filming and brought it into the scene on his own accord.

3. "You can read?": 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'

The young actors in Harry Potter were all for the unscripted-lines back in the day. We have all heard of Daniel Radcliffe's (Harry Potter) spontaneous and bold answer that he would always be there to protect Hogwarts but we cannot forget Tom Felton's (Draco Malfoy) equally as unpredictable, and in-character, insults. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, shortly after Harry and Ron take the form of Malfoy's gullible minions, Crabbe and Goyle, Harry forgets to remove his glasses. As scripted, Malfoy asked why he had them and Harry answered that he needed them for reading. Then, with all the sass you'd expect from a 12-year-old Draco, Felton just says the iconic line "I didn't know you could read." This line was so in character that fans just knew, at that point, that the casting of the role couldn't have been better.

4. Olaf: 'Frozen'

If you ever had any doubts about casting Josh Gad as the voice of the lovable snowman, Olaf, here's a little fact- It turns out that, although there was an actual script that Gad could have followed, a large portion of Olaf's lines were invented by the actor whilst filming. These lines were so great and so in-character that, animators preferred to to adapt Olaf to Josh's lines rather then force him to the prepared lines.

5. The Jar of Dirt: 'Pirate's of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

Oh the jar of dirt has entertained audiences since its discovery! Johnny Depp has always been a brilliant actor, in my opinion, and one of his most memorable roles was Captain Jack Sparrow, and he truly portrayed him to his full, insane, potential. In Dead Man's Chest, the idea of the captain running across deck, practically singing, "I've got a, a jar of dirt" was Depp's own invention. To further prove this, just look at his co-stars's faces - Keira Knightley just looks at him with pure, honest confusion while Orlando Bloom momentarily looks at the camera unsure of what is happening around him and how to react.

6. The Bigger Boat: 'Jaws'

Jaws will forever be a classic for many different reasons but, the famous phrase, "You're going to need a bigger boat" was totally unscripted when uttered by Roy Scheider (Police Chief Brody) having not expected the prop shark to be so large and fearsome.

7. Bringing a Gun to a Sword Fight: 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc'

Another legendary, unscripted, scene was the comical sword-fight between Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and the unnamed swordsman that ended with a single gun shot. Apparently, the long, scripted sword-fight couldn't be acted out by Ford due to a severe case of food poisoning which led to the iconic scene above.

8. "Here's Johnny!": 'The Shining'

The phrase "Here's Johnny", that has terrified the horror genre since its creation, seems to have been something of Jack Nicholson's (Jack Torrance) own invention. However, why running after a poor mother and her son with an axe would would inspire such a phrase is truly a mystery to me.

9. The Rory Kiss: 'Dr. Who'

If you ever wanted to see an actor portray genuine disgust just look at Arthur Darvill's (Rory Williams) face above. This scene was taken only seconds after Matt Smith (11th Doctor) suddenly kissed Rory in 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'. You may not have noticed it at the moment but Rory's reaction, although totally honest, continues to add to the humor of the episode and the character of the Doctor.

10. The Awkward Hug: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'

It seems that one of the most awkward hugs in cinematic history was actually an awkward hug in real life! When Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) believed he had won the Battle of Hogwarts, he hugged Malfoy and, it turns out, that this hug was totally unscripted! It seems that Felton just awkwardly stood there while being hugged by the Dark Lord simply because he didn't know how to react to this spontaneous act from Fiennes's side. You thought Draco felt weird being hugged by Voldemort? Imagine poor Felton!

So there you have it! A list of lines and scenes you may or may not have known were totally unscripted! Well, whether they were scripted or not, these scenes will never fail to entertain and add to the magic.


So which was the best unscripted scene/line?


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