Who doesn’t enjoy watching a good comedy to relax after a hard day? In order to amuse us, the scripts of both movies and TV series have to be witty and surprising, and that is no easy job. However, we might not have been aware of the fact that many of the scenes we found hilarious were not only the result of a script. Every now and then, actors make small mistakes or have a flash of inspiration and they end up improvising. And most of the time these scenes are funnier than the original ones. These are the times actors prove their true quality by giving a personal touch to the characters they are playing, or even re-inventing them completely. The next amusing improvised scenes definitely deserve our applause.
One of the most amusing improvised scenes took place on the set of Galavant, a hilarious TV show that managed to combine comedy with music and special guests, all within a fairytale theme. The first season aired last year and the sequel has already started in January. One of the famous faces to be featured on Galavant was none other than Ricky Gervais. The famous comedian did not learn his lines from the script, but decided to improvise on the spot. The surprise came from Kirker Butler, the scriptwriter, who was impressed with the performance and even said that the episode turned much better. In costar Mallory Jansen’s words, Gervais took a single look at the script and said he was ready. Jansen added that other actors on Galavant often improvise, thus making a creative and fun atmosphere on set.
2. Anchorman 2
When the first movie in the Anchorman series was released back in 2004, few people did not hear about Ron Burgundy who eventually became one of the most popular comedy characters in the world. Nine years later, the producers decided to make a sequel featuring the same characters. Anchorman 2 includes a famous scene where the main character is fighting a shark in the sea. The action starts during a wedding on a beach, when Doby the shark is spotted in the sea. Ron Burgundy plunges into the water and struggles with the shark, being saved by a dog. Well, apart from Ron Burgundy, the shark and the dog, no one had clear instructions as to what to do. As a result, all the reactions of the people who are watching the scene unfold from the beach are genuine.
3. Dumb and Dumber
The list of the top amusing improvised scenes continues with yet another excellent comedian: Jim Carrey. Carrey showed his cheeky side when he was filming Dumb and Dumber. The scene at the 7/11 featured Carrey’s character talking to some bystanders. However, his line was not in the script. As it turned out, it was the actor’s way of making fun of his cast members, especially since they couldn’t say anything during that scene. However, the actor improvised other moments, such as the one he leaves the bar in Aspen and hears about the moon landing of Apollo 11, but also the part with the most annoying sound in the world. In the end, it seems about 15% of the whole movie was not scripted.
4. Breaking Bad
It seems that even highly acclaimed TV series have some funny moments during filming. One particular scene in episode five of season one showed Badger (a good friend of main character Jesse) getting a job for sign twirling. As Matt Jones who played Badger declared, every single line he had during the scene was improvised. He was not the only one. RJ Mitte who played Walter White Jr. also tried his hand at improvising in the pilot of the series. The scene takes place when the family is shopping and Walt Jr. gets harassed by a bunch of teenagers. The actor ended up responding to the attack with his own personal reply.
Last but not least, there’s Zoolander, another well known comedy. Our top of amusing improvised scenes would not be complete without Ben Stiller. At some point in the movie, his character asks the reason for the success of male models over the past years. David Duchovny gives him a thorough explanation complete with examples, after which Stiller repeats the same question. It seems the actor was not paying attention and thus lost track of his lines. Thankfully, Duchovny was quick to improvise and tell him that he already explained the answer. Thus, the scene made the final cut and became one of the most famous lines from the movie.