Improvisation is an artform, and like any art, there are certainly people who do it better than others. There are some people who are masters at it (Bill Murray and Robin Williams, both of whom are featured in the video compilation below, spring immediately to mind, as does Wayne Brady) and others who… well, it can generously be said they try.
Of course, when it comes to movie scripts, improvising lines, scenes, and even almost entire movies can at times be controversial. For the most part, the amount of improvisation in a movie is in the hands of the director. Some of them are very much “stick to the script as it’s written” people, whereas others allow more latitude and input from their actors. Most of the time, of course, these improvised, – or as they’re labeled in the compilation below “unscripted” – lines and scenes end up on the cutting room floor or pass largely unnoticed. Sometimes, on the other hand, they can lead to what can only be described as “movie magic” and become some of the most well-remembered, oft-quoted, and simply special moments in cinema.
I have to admit, I was surprised at some of the scenes included here, and I think you will be, too. Credit is definitely due to mewlists.com who compiled and uploaded this video. Be sure to give them a visit and check out some of the other great film-related lists they have put together. But, fair warning: if you go there, do it when you’ve got some time to spend, because you’ll definitely get sucked in watching some of the other videos.
Okay, I’m gonna quit talking now and just let you watch the video.
So, what do you think? Which of these scenes is your favorite? Do you know of a great improvised line or scene that was left out? If so, I’d definitely like to hear about it in the comments section below.