The best actors and the best movies convince us that what we're seeing is real, even if we know it's not. Sure, many of us have come to enjoy the fictional movie world more than reality because it's orderly, preplanned and methodical. Yet even in these scripted worlds, we often get glimpses of reality, moments that are unscripted, unplanned and authentic. These moments happen all the time but they're usually so small that we don't care to notice. But what happens when really big moments are unscripted, ad libbed or even accidental? What does it do to the viewing experience?
Reality TV has become so popular because it's the closest thing to reality we get to see on screen. Yes, much of it is scripted and the people filmed are conscious of the filming, turning themselves into characters rather than acting as normal people, but there are moments of reality scattered about. We, the film-savvy audiences of today, are groomed to distinguish between reality and fiction, even if we don't consciously know we're doing it. Reality looks and feels different to us. Moments of real laughter on film make us laugh because it's real. People crying in real life are a lot more convincing than most actors, but the really good ones, the actors who really can cry, make us feel what they're feeling.
The movie moments on this list were all unplanned, meaning they are all real, or at least they showcase real reactions to a moment. Some of them are spur of the moment decisions made by actors, others are just little surprises that led to priceless reactions. They're all recognizable scenes, too. Many of these are some of the most iconic scenes in film. Maybe the reason that they're so recognizable is because we saw something in them, something of ourselves and our reality. Or maybe they're just really good scenes. I don’t know. I was being dramatic. Either way, here they are; 15 movie moments that happened by accident.
15 Hard Helmet – The Lord of the Rings
14 The Lineup – The Usual Suspects
13 I'm Walkin' Here – Midnight Cowboy
12 The Hospital Explosion – The Dark Knight
11 Most Annoying Sound In The World – Dumb and Dumber
10 Cinderella Story – Caddyshack
9 Warriors, Come Out To Play – Warriors
8 Leo's Bloody Hand – Django Unchained
7 Hotel Room – Apocalypse Now
6 Snapping Box – Pretty Woman
5 The Ripped Flag – Lord of the Rings
4 Stumbling Luca Brasi – The Godfather
3 You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat – Jaws
2 You Talkin to Me? – Taxi Driver
1 Beer Can – Being John Malkovich
When John Malkovich is thrown out from his own head and into the ditch on the side of the freeway in Being John Malkovich, he gets into a yelling match with John Cusack about the rights and wrongs of the whole situation. Malkovich isn't happy. His personal space is being attacked and his mind is being violated. Malkovich's acting ability is in another stratosphere, but he really dials it up as he walks away in a complete huff. Then in a moment of pure and unadulterated beauty, a passenger in a passing car leans out and chucks an empty beer can into the side of Malkovich's head. The pain and scream are said to be real, but the line "hey Malkovich, think fast" was probably put in afterward. No matter what though, the scene is hysterical.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes
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