Movie production is a very complicated process which doesn’t always go as planned — stage sets can fall or actors can forget their lines. But some witty actors stay professional in any situation. They endure pain from real injuries without falling out of character, they improvise when they forget their lines, or they can even do stunts without a stunt double. Sometimes those improvisations turn out to be even better than the original script. Thanks to these bloopers, episodes become more realistic and eventually end up being part of the movies themselves.
At Bright Side, we believe that the “behind-the-scenes” part of movie production is as fascinating as the movies themselves. So, we put together 19 bloopers that ended up being part of a movie’s final cut thanks to their actors’ improvisation and gumption.
1. The 40 Year Old Virgin
Do you remember the scene where Steve Carell’s character gets his chest hair waxed? Initially the movie director had planned to use special effects and make-up there but Steve suggested that they remove his hair for real. So, all the emotions and reactions in this part are real.
2. Forrest Gump
In one part of this movie, Tom Hanks’ character, in reply to the line “My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me Bubba,” says, “My name’s Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.” In reality, Hanks misspoke, but the movie director liked this blooper so much that he included it in the final cut.
3. The ’Burbs
Do you remember the scene where the main hero drags the cart into the ambulance by himself? Tom Hanks made this up on the spot.
4. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The famous scene where Nick the Greek broke the glass table with his glass wasn’t planned. It was an accident, so the surprise and fear on the actors’ faces was actually genuine. The movie director liked this blooper so much that he decided to keep it in the movie.
5. Scent of a Woman
In order to be truthful while playing the part of blind Frank Slade, Al Pacino trained himself to not visually focus on anything for a long time. Eventually he got so much into his part, that he could hardly see. The scene where he stumbles over a trash bin and falls down was unplanned. It was an accident, but the movie director decided to keep this take in the movie.
6. Being John Malkovich
There is a scene in this movie where Malkovich is walking along a road and someone in a car that passes by throws a can at him, saying, “Hey, Malkovich, think faster!” In reality, the car was caught on camera by sheer accident. Inside there was an extra from the movie, who was drunk. The movie director liked the take and decided to keep it.
7. Full Metal Jacket
The scene where sergeant Hartman trained his new recruits was completely improvised. Lee Ermey actually used to be a combat instructor and he played all his scenes by ear.
8. American Beauty
The spectacular scene where Lester Burnham throws a plate at the wall was completely improvised by Kevin Spacey. He got carried away by the fight at the dinner table and decided to step outside of the original script.
For the slapping scene, the starring actors filmed several takes with Simmons only miming the slap. Eventually Simmons and Teller decided to film the scene with a real, genuine slap and this is the take that is in the actual film.
10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
There is a scene in this movie where Kate Winslet’s character disappears abruptly. Jim Carrey wasn’t informed about it, so the expression of surprise on his face is genuine.
11. Lucky Number Slevin
In accordance with the script, Lindsey had to enter the room when Slevin was removing the only thing he had on — a towel. But the actress wasn’t informed that he would really be naked, so her surprise and confusion are genuine.
In the chest bursting scene, we could see how frightened the actors were. Their fear was genuine. The cast didn’t expect so much blood, and didn’t know which way the blood would splatter.
13. The Revenant
In the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio devoured a raw slab of bison’s liver, he actually did it for real. He thought it was necessary for his part, despite the fact that he is actually a vegetarian.
14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
During one of the scenes, Barty Crouch Junior (David Tennant) imitated a snake’s tongue. The movie director liked this gesture and decided to keep it in the movie. That is why the gesture was performed by Brendan Gleeson afterward.
15. The Other Guys
There is a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg’s character says, “lf we were in the wild, l would attack you. lf l were a lion, and you were a tuna, l would swim out in the middle of the ocean and freaking eat you!” In reply, Allen Gamble, acted by Will Ferrell, explains why a lion swimming in the ocean is a pretty stupid thing. In reality, Will shouldn’t have said a thing but he decided to play it by ear. Later Mark Wahlberg confessed that it was difficult for him to not break into laughter at that moment.
16. Mrs. Doubtfire
Do you remember the scene where Mrs. Doubtfire’s mask fell out of window and the main character had to cover his face with icing from a cake. Unfortunately the icing on his face began to melt off. This was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams had to improvise a lot. For example, when another portion of icing dropped into a cup of tea, he said jokingly, “Here’s your cream and sugar.”
In the scene where Matthew Lillard’s character discovered that the gun was gone, he said, “Ah… Houston, we have a problem.” But in reality, this was the actor’s ad lib.
18. The Matrix
The scene where Neo climbed out of the window of a skyscraper was performed by Keanu Reeves without a stuntman. The shooting of the scene happened on the 34th floor of a building.
19. Dirty Dancing
The famous scene where Johnny and Baby are crawling toward each other on the floor wasn’t intended to be part of the film. They were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but the movie director liked it so much, he kept it in the film.
In which other movies do you think that the actors’ reactions and emotions were genuine?
Look at How Much “Game of Thrones” Characters Have Changed Over 8 Seasons
During the summer of 2019, the final season of Game of Thrones aired. The show had gone on for almost 10 years which is a long time not only for the characters but also for the actors who portrayed them.
Bright Side is remembering what characters looked like in the very first episodes of the groundbreaking series and is comparing them to what they look like in the final season of the show.
1. Cersei Lannister
2. Jon Snow
3. Tyrion Lannister
4. Daenerys Targaryen
5. Sansa Stark
6. Arya Stark
7. Jorah Mormont
9. Jaime Lannister
10. Sandor Clegane
11. Brienne of Tarth
12. Samwell Tarly
13. Davos Seaworth
14. Theon Greyjoy
15. Brandon Stark
Did you watch Game of Thrones? Did you enjoy season 8? Tell us in the comment section below.
Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox
Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight.
Here’s what’s happening: On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bitcoins to free them back up. It’s a so-called “ransomware” attack, where hackers deploy malicious software to block access to or take over a computer system until the owner of that system pays a ransom.
Baltimore, like several other cities that have been hit by such attacks over the past two years, is refusing to pay up. As a result, for two weeks, city employees have been locked out of their email accounts and citizens have been unable to access essential services, including websites where they pay their water bills, property taxes, and parking tickets. This is Baltimore’s second ransomware attack in about 15 months: Last year, a separate attack shut down the city’s 911 system for about a day. Baltimore has come under scrutiny for its handling of both attacks.
The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other local governments across the US demonstrate that as ransomware attacks spread, and as common targets such as hospitals and schools beef up their online systems’ security, there are still plenty targets vulnerable to this kind of hack. It also exemplifies the conundrum that ransomware victims face: pay up and get your access back, or refuse — potentially costing much more in the long run.
What’s going on in Baltimore, briefly explained
Hackers targeted the city of Baltimore on May 7 using a ransomware called RobbinHood, which, as NPR explains, makes it impossible to access a server without a digital key that only the hackers have.
The Baltimore hackers’ ransom note, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, demanded payment of three bitcoins per system to be unlocked, which amounts to 13 bitcoins to unlock all the seized systems. The note threatened to increase the ransom if it wasn’t paid in four days, and said the information would be lost forever if it wasn’t paid in 10 days. Both deadlines have now passed.
“We won’t talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!” the note said.
The city government is refusing to pay, meaning that the government email systems and payment platforms the attack took down remain offline. The attack has also harmed Baltimore’s property market, because officials weren’t able to access systems needed to complete real estate sales. (The city said transactions resumed on Monday.)
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, who’s officially been in his office less than a month, said in a statement on Friday that city officials are “well into the restorative process” and have “engaged leading industry cybersecurity experts who are on-site 24-7 working with us.” The FBI is also involved in the investigation.
“Some of the restoration efforts also require that we rebuild certain systems to make sure that when we restore business functions, we are doing so in a secure manner,” Young said. He did not offer a timeline for when all systems will come back online.
The Baltimore City Council president also plans to form a special committee to investigate this latest attack and try to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
A similar attack using RobbinHood hit government computers in Greenville, North Carolina, in April. A spokesperson for Greenville told the Wall Street Journal that the city never wound up paying, and that while its systems aren’t entirely restored, “all of our major technology needs are now being met.”
More than 20 municipalities in the US have been hit by cyberattacks this year alone. And such attacks can be expensive, perhaps especially if targets say they won’t pay. In 2018, hackers demanded that Atlanta pay about $50,000 in bitcoins as part of a ransomware attack. The city refused, and according to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the attack wound up costing the city $17 million to fix.
Ransomware attacks aren’t new — but we’re still figuring out how to deal with them
In 2017, a ransomware called WannaCry targeted tens of thousands of computers using Microsoft Windows operating systems in more than 100 countries. Officials in the US and the United Kingdom eventually blamed North Korea for the attack. Also in 2017, corporations in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, and Ukraine experienced ransomware attacks. US hospitals were also targeted.
Here’s how Timothy Lee explained for Vox what was going on and how ransomware had become more prolific:
The basic idea behind ransomware is simple: A criminal hacks into your computer, scrambles your files with unbreakable encryption, and then demands that you pay for the encryption key needed to unscramble the files. If you have important files on your computer, you might be willing to pay a lot to avoid losing them.
Ransomware schemes have become a lot more effective since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009. Conventional payment networks like Visa and Mastercard make it difficult to accept payments without revealing your identity. Bitcoin makes that a lot easier. So the past four years have seen a surge in ransomware schemes striking unsuspecting PC users.
Some ransomware schemes are so sophisticated that they even invest in customer service, helping victims who want to pay their ransoms navigate the complexities of obtaining bitcoins and making bitcoin payments.
Since then, a number of sectors and organizations have made improvements to their security practices to protect against ransomware. But the latest Baltimore attack exemplifies what a whack-a-mole game this is: One area improves its practices and hackers just go looking for another.
Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.
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