Movie production is often viewed as a well oiled machine on tight, strict schedules for everyone included. It often leads moviegoers to assume everything happens precisely as planned, but that isn’t always the case. Improvised scenes usually happen when an actor truly transforms into their character and reacts to the any given situation as said character. Unscripted scenes give movies a more honest feel and leave the viewers remembering the film. And, more often than not, can spark an emotion from laughter to sadness—and everything in between. Check out these 10 hilarious movie moments you didn’t know were improvised.
Robin Williams & Matt Damon In Good Will Hunting
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed film, Good Will Hunting, had its very own hilarious improv scene. The sequence features whiz kid Will Hunting (Matt Damon) at one of his many therapy sessions with therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). In order to get Hunting to open up emotionally, Maguire recalls a memory about his late wife and her gassy habits causing Hunting to laugh hysterically. But what you may not have known is the entire story was made up by Williams mid-scene. And Damon’s laugh is 100 percent genuine. Although Williams earned his first and only Academy Award for his role, he still managed to dial in his well-known improvised acting skills at a critical moment.
Seth Rogan & Paul Rudd in Knocked Up
Judd Apatow’s 2007 rom-com, Knocked Up, starred Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl as two young adults facing the repercussions of a drunken-one-night stand and an unintended pregnancy. The film also featured an improvised scene idea from Apatow’s 2005 hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The scene involves Rogan’s character Ben Stone taking a ride with Pete (Paul Rudd) where the two perform some hilarious back and forth banter. While the scene didn’t make the movie, it was part of the DVD extra as a deleted bonus scene and the improvised dialogue runs over three minutes.
Paul Rudd & Michael Pena in Ant-Man
Marvel’s Ant-Man is arguably one of MCU’s funniest superhero films and it is largely due to the hilarious cast. The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Evangeline Lily and many more. And believe it or not, a majority of the stars scenes were improvised. Rudd revealed many of his scenes with Greer (who plays his ex) were improv. While Pena told Variety that about 50 percent of his scenes were improvised as well. Specifically Pena and Rudd’s scenes would need a re-write as the two would make the scene their own with the magic of improv.
Jeremy Renner in Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Marvel’s Cinematic Universe really made an incredible movie with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans were introduced to new characters and it laid the foundation for the Civil War storyline. Aside from all the action and drama it had some hilarious scenes, in particular with Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. He and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) had a somewhat love-hate relationship and often had back-to-back banter. At one scene, Quicksilver speeds away and taunts Hawkeye, leaving the archer to draw his bow and take aim at the speedster, quietly saying, “Nobody would know… ‘last I saw him, Ultron was sitting on him!’” The line was one of the funniest in the film and one that Renner came up with all on his own.
Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy
In 2014 when James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, many fans of the Marvel movies were introduced to a plethora of new heroes. And while these characters are well known to the comic book world, movie goers left the theaters a bit confused. Gunn and Chris Pratt decided to have some fun with the character’s obscurity. The scene in question is when Peter Quill is first captured and he is disappointed that no one recognizes the name of Star-Lord. The scene, surprisingly, was improvised and was a nice way for the audience to empathize with the character about his unimportance.