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  • While most of Hollywood history is written with scripts,

  • there’s something special about going off book

  • and were not just talking single line,

  • this gotta be a back and forth, give and take, entire scenes.

  • These are the top 10 improvised scenes of all time.

  • When you think of improv, there’s hardly a name which comes to mind before Judd Apatow.

  • Judd has been behind for the decade’s best adlibbing

  • from The 40-Year Old Virgin, to Knocked Up, to Superbad

  • and it’s mostly because he treats his actors like true equals in the creative process.

  • As a result, he has helped launched the careers of some other funniest guys in Hollywood

  • but for our list, we didn’t pick any of them

  • instead our number 10 goes to the women inBridesmaids”.

  • You carry on, huh?

  • No,

  • Yeah, I noticed.

  • I know she didn’t put anything in the overhead bin either

  • and I get itget it.

  • I want you to know

  • I protect and serve air marshal style.

  • The 2011 breakout was hysterical from start to finish

  • partly because of the killer’s script

  • but mostly because they usually tossed it out the window.

  • Coming up with enough material for a 20-hour version of the movie

  • that supposedly exists somewhere

  • and while the whole cast deserves a spot on this list,

  • we gotta give it up to the air marshal scene

  • between Grammysveteran, Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone.

  • You're an errand boy,

  • sent by grocery clerks,

  • to collect a bill.

  • Next stop in number 9 isApocalypse Now”.

  • If you haven’t heard the stories,

  • you should definitely check out hearts of darkness: the making of documentary.

  • But it was basically a year of heart attacks,

  • seizures, typhoons, monsoons,

  • actual war and human corpse

  • that drove the entire cast and crew to the breaking point.

  • It also led to a cinematic masterpiece

  • and some of the best scenes to boot.

  • And these weren’t necessary improv of invention so much as of last resort.

  • Martin Sheen’s opening scene was completely improvised

  • and had him actually slicing his hand up

  • because of his not so pretending intoxication.

  • But we gotta hand it to Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz for our number 9 slot.

  • Of course, Brando’s no stranger to improv his famous monologue

  • from On the Waterfront was scripted for a year.

  • I couldn’t be a contender.

  • But forApocalypse Now”, Brando showed up on set

  • without having so much as read the script.

  • He shut down the production for a week

  • while Coppola try to get him to learn his lines by reading it to him out loud.

  • Well, that didn’t work.

  • Brando said he just wing it so he babbled for 18 minutes worth of madness

  • before declaring to Coppola

  • that he couldn’t think of anything else to say.

  • If you wanted more, you could hire another actor.

  • Is it better to be feared

  • or respected?

  • I say,

  • Is it too much to ask for both?

  • Next up is number 8,

  • were looking at pretty much the entirety of Iron Man.

  • That’s right, Robert Downey, Jr.’s motor mouth Tony Stark

  • was pretty much completely off the cuff.

  • When studio executives is greenlight the first entry into the modern marvel franchise,

  • they got a little too caught up in the special effects to worry about the script.

  • By the time of shooting rolled around, all they really had was an outline.

  • So Director Jon Favreau sort of just winged it.

  • When Jeffery just had trouble wrapping his head around the chaos of it all,

  • he says he just bought of it as a 200 million dollar student film and roll with the punches

  • and some student film

  • Wait a minute, wait a minute,

  • you ain’t heard nothing yet.

  • At number 7, “The Jazz Singer”.

  • Back in 1927 when Warner Bros. set out to revolutionize the movie business with sound,

  • they figured out that It would be perfect for musical numbers.

  • They intended for people to sing not talk.

  • But when Al Jolson finishes his first musical number,

  • he did something to change Hollywood forever.

  • He started speaking.

  • That’s right the whole concept of the dialogue came from an adlib.

  • As you can imagine, audiences ate it up

  • and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Next up in number 6 is none other than Bill Murray.

  • Mr. Murray seems to be more myth than manly

  • for a good reason, he’s one of the most effortlessly funny human beings on the planet.

  • After training at Second City Improvisational from National Lampoon to Saturday Night Live

  • to his breakout role inMeatballs

  • and he’s been crafting scenes on the fly ever since.

  • Whether he was adlibbing every line inGhostbusters”,

  • That feels so funky.

  • stealing the show entirety,

  • I wish I had t-shirt that is only open when it rains.

  • Or whispering something well never know in Scarlett Johansson’s ear inLost in Translation”.

  • Bill improvised most of the classic comedy moments from our childhood.

  • But for our pick, it’s gotta be his Cinderella’s story formCaddyshack”.

  • What an incredible Cinderella story?

  • This unknown, comes out of nowhere

  • to lead the pack

  • at Augusta.

  • He's on his final hole,

  • he's about 455 yards away.

  • He's gonna hit about a two-iron I think.

  • The Cinderella story,

  • outta nowhere, a former greenskeeper now -

  • about to become the Masters champion.

  • It looks like a mirac.

  • It's in the Hole!

  • The scene is scripted with only two lines on stage direction

  • and meant as a simple transition shot

  • but the director, Bill’s Second City co-star Harold Ramis

  • had a different idea and told Bill Murray to go wild

  • which is exactly what he did.

  • Now if you give Bill Murray and Harold Ramis two lines of stage direction,

  • you end up with a scene like that.

  • But if you give it to Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese,

  • youre bound to wind up with something completely different.

  • And that’s exactly how we ended up with the famous mirror sequence from Taxi Driver.

  • Youre talking to me?

  • Youre talking to me?

  • But for our number 5, were going with a difference Scorsese proxy.

  • Yes, were talking about the funny how scene between Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta inGoodfellas”.

  • That’s really funny. That’s really funny.

  • It made me funny.

  • It is a funny story

  • It makes a story, it’s funny, youre a funny guy.

  • What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?

  • When Pesci told Scorsese a story about

  • calling a mobster funny back when he was younger,

  • Scorsese told him to recreate the incident on screen with Ray.

  • The only catch was he didn’t tell anybody else.

  • The resulting scene perfectly captures the manic nature of Pesci’s character

  • and the danger of the world they lived in

  • all without a single page of script.

  • At number 4, “The Breakfast Club”.

  • John Hughes shot this high school classic entirely in sequence

  • and when he arrived in a dramatic climax where they all sit in circle

  • and explain how they ended up there.

  • Hughes tossed out the script and told them to improvise

  • letting the actors rely on the instincts they built up over the course of the shoot.

  • And the result is one of the most touching scenes of the film

  • and we don’t wanna give too much away so well just let them do the talking.

  • What’s bizarre?

  • Were all pretty bizarre.

  • Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.

  • How are you bizarre?

  • He can’t think for himself.

  • Now there’s one genre that’s just a gold mine for improv. It's mocking memory.

  • Borat so Sacha Baron Cohen unleashes his wild Kazakhstani antics on unsuspecting public

  • and Christopher Guest has directed a long string of mocking memories from Waiting for Guffman to Best in Show.

  • But on number 3 goes back to where it all began withThis is Spinaltap”.

  • He’s just fell in love in between stupid and clever.

  • Completely unscripted and based on party gag,

  • Rob Reiner shot Spinaltap exactly as if it were a documentary,

  • taking nine whole months to essentially right the movie in the edit bay.

  • But we had to pick a single scene from Spinaltap,

  • even though there are so many,

  • it’s always gonna be the one with the amp that goes to 11.

  • This is a top that we use on stage but it’s very special

  • because if you can see,

  • the numbers all go to 11... one loud.

  • Why didn’t you just make 10 louder

  • and make 10 be the top number and make that a little loud?

  • This counts to 11.

  • Kubrick’s widely-known as one of the most meticulous and controlling directors to ever walk in set.

  • Hardly letting anyone change so much as a single line

  • but if you look at his body of work,

  • he’s got a surprising amount of improv throughout

  • from Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove

  • to R. Lee Ermey’s nonstop abuse inFull Metal Jacket”.

  • I bet youre the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and

  • not even have the goddamn cum in courtesy that you gave him a rich around.

  • And even Nicholson’s classic line fromThe Shining”,

  • Here’s Johnny!”

  • But on number 2 goes to the home invasion from “A Clockwork Orange

  • I'm singing in the rain...

  • Just singing in the rain...

  • What a glorious feeling,

  • I'm happy again.

  • Kubrick has spent four days working on this scene

  • and still felt that something wasn’t working.

  • Frustrated, he asked Malcolm McDowell if he could try something else

  • perhaps a dance on the next take.

  • So McDowell decide to include a song with his dance

  • and he belted out the only one he could remember at the time

  • which just so happened to be singing in the rain.

  • The result is one of the furious juxtapositions caught on film

  • and it just so happened to be completely unplanned.

  • And finally at number 1,

  • pretty much the entire body of work of the master of improv himself,

  • Robin Williams

  • Were sad to let him go but grateful for the last he left behind.

  • Here’s a wrap.

  • GOOOOD morning, Vietnam!

  • Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck!

  • Hello!

  • She used to fart in her sleep.

  • One night it was so loud it woke the dog up.

  • What’s the weather like out there?

  • It’s hot! Damn hot! Real hot!

  • Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it.

  • Well, tell me what it feels like.

  • Fool, it’s hot! I told you again!

  • Were you born on the sun?

  • Son of a bitch!

  • He stole my line.

  • So, what do you think?

  • Do we leave out one of your favorite improv scenes?

  • Did you find one of our picks to be widely overrated?

  • Let us know in the comments below

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