A movie is as great as its dialogues. That is why screenwriters spend months and years perfecting the verbal discourse between the characters. Despite all the effort, there might be some instances when the dialogues don’t carry the impact. But still, there is one iconic line in every movie. How does that happen? Here is the secret – creative ad-libbing. These are lines that are not there initially, but the actors come up with inputs of their own and that makes the movie a hit.
So here are 10 movies that became synonymous with their one-liners. None of these were a part of the original script.
“I’m the king of the world”
Leonardo di Caprio uttered it when he got on top of the chip set and James Cameron liked it so much, he incorporated it in the movie. That is how Titanic got its iconic dialogue
“Alright, alright, alright”
Matthew McConaughey came up with this line out of nowhere during the shooting of Dazed and Confused. The director liked it as it went with the flow.
Jack Nicholson is known for his ad-libs in every movie. He did the same in The Shining. However, there was a big chance that this dialogue wouldn’t make it past the cutting table, but it did and became a famous one-liner.
“I’m in a glass case of emotion”
Will Ferrell just said it and the cast and crew of The Anchorman liked it so much, they decided not to touch this famous line.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”
Roy Scheider kept joking about it throughout the movie. The prop boat was way too small to accommodate the actors while shooting. The director didn’t want to waste more reel and kept this dialogue intact in the movie.
“Warriors, come out to play”
David Patrick Kelly came up with this one-liner in The Warriors. He was inspired by the childhood bully in his neighborhood.
“You can’t handle the truth”
We have already mentioned that Jack Nicholson was famous for his inputs in the movies. So he improvised a line from the movie, “You have the truth.” to, “You can’t handle the truth.” People who watched the movie A Few Good Men loved it so much, they have made Nicholson immortal in Hollywood.
“I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown?”
Everybody loves when Joe Pesci has to rant onscreen. So Joe, inspired by incidents in his childhood worked with director Ry Liotta to improvise the scene.
“Here’s looking at you, kid”
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s classic scene is incomplete without this dialogue. Not many know that Bogart came up with this dialogue out of nowhere while shooting the poker scene.
“I’m walking here”
Dustin Hoffman was genuinely yelling at a car that tried to cut him off in the middle of shooting. All this happened during a scene for Midnight Cowboy. The director decided not to chop it.