Most great movies have one or two lines that seem to capture the spirit of the film, a character, or a particular scene. Long after we've watched a movie and the minor details have left our minds, the iconic quotes linger with us. While screenwriters would love each of these lines to be products of their minds, that's not always the case. Many of the most amazing quotes were not planned at all in the script. At least, the way they actually came out in the end wasn’t planned. We have all heard stories about great actors ad-libbing their lines, or the movies whose scripts were basically used only as rough outlines. But many of the quotes on this list weren't even ad-libbed. Some were misquotes. Some were outright mistakes. And some were jokes that made the final cut, but all were memorable.
On this list are 15 of the most iconic lines in film, and all 15 came out much different than they were scripted. It's impossible to say how memorable they would have been if they remained the same as they were written, but, just by looking at them in their original state, we can assume they wouldn't, no offense writers. It is what it is. So let's take a look at what was changed and you can judge if the filmmakers made the right choice by leaving the revised quotes as is. This is a list of what might have been. Here are 15 famous movie lines that were originally way different.
15 "You talkin' to me?"
14 "I haven't been f--ed like that since grade school."
13 "Have you ever killed anyone?" --- "Yeah, but they were all bad."
12 She said, "I love you." He said, "I know."
11 The Alliterative "V" Rant
10 "Yippee-ki-yay, mother f--er."
9 "But why male models?"
8 "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."
7 "My wife used to fart in her sleep."
6 6 "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 "I'm the king of the world!"
4 "Roads? Where we're going we don’t need roads."
3 "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
2 "May the Force be with you."
1 "Here's Johnny!"
When Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is breaking down the door trying to get to Wendy and Danny in The Shining, the script called for him to break open a spot large enough to look through and then say, "Wendy, I'm home." While this line would surely be great because the scene was so amazing overall, Nicolson's ad-libbed line of "Here's Johnny" became so recognizable that many people don’t even know he's imitating the intro to The Johnny Carson Show. It makes sense that "Here's Johnny", wasn't written into the script because Stanley Kubrick didn't even know what the saying meant when Nicholson said it, even though he loved the way it sounded.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Script-o-rama.com; IMSDB
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