Normally, even the smallest details in films are properly analyzed by moviemakers so that everything is as perfect as possible. But sometimes an unexpected mistake can add to the plot as if it was part of an elaborate plan all along.
The Elite Indian wants to show you situations where mistakes were left in the final film as per the director’s request.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Having agreed on the fate of the orb they had fought so hard for, the protagonists finally met the merchant they would sell it to. Chris Pratt takes the gem out to show it off in the foreground. However, the gem falls from his hands, so he has to bend down quickly to pick it up, then return to the starting position as if nothing had happened, thus removing all solemnity from the moment. That scene was not planned — the actor actually dropped the object and had to pick it up before it touched the ground. He did it with such charisma that, without a doubt, the director left it in the film. And fans were grateful for the moment.
2. Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
C-3PO and R2-D2 are hidden in the Death Star control room when a battalion of soldiers enters through the door to look for them. It’s then that a stormtrooper hits his head on the door that was lower than he thought. The moment was funny to the director who not only decided to leave it but also asked production to add sound to the hit so it wouldn’t go unnoticed.
In the scene where the hand model played by David Duchovny finished giving the main character an elaborate explanation of why Mugatoo’s Machiavellian plans needed male models to be executed, Zoolander asked again: “But why do they choose male models?” After an uncomfortable pause between the characters, Duchovny replies, “Are you serious? I just explained it to you.”
“Right,” answers a confused Zoolander, and after the joke, the film continues normally. That conversation was not planned. In fact, Ben Stiller had forgotten his lines and was confused when he repeated the question. The scene didn’t get cut and it was considered a mistake that complemented the character very well.
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
In one scene, the actor playing the android K 2S0 accidentally hit his partner, Diego Luna. Far from apologizing, he added, “And I have another one just like it if you talk again.”
If you watch the scene closely, you’ll notice that the beaten-up actor had to cover his face with his hand to hide his laughter; and despite those unexpected events, the scene was left like that, since the joke was in accordance with the character’s sense of humor.
5. Fast & Furious 6
In a conversation, Tyrese Gibson tells Johnson, “Save the baby oil.” Far from saying nothing, Dwayne Johnson replies, “You better hide that big head.”
That comment was not in the script and was so unexpected that the actor, Ludacris could not help but laugh in the middle of the scene. Such improvisation and the corresponding involuntary laughter were perfect as they highlighted the natural reactions of the characters.
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
It all happens when Gandalf visits his friend Bilbo who, being a hobbit, had a house of very small proportions. According to the script, Gandalf was to bump into a candlestick. What was not stipulated was that he should hit his head on a roof beam as it happened, which ended up being a sort of punchline to the candlestick joke and, of course, it was left in the film.
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The moment in the scene when the flag is flown, however poetic it may have been at the time, was not planned. It was windy that day and the flag was apparently not tied very well. Even so, it remained in the final cut as it was considered a beautiful metaphor for everything that would happen afterward.
8. The Princess Diaries
When the actress Anne Hathaway who plays the main character, Mia, talks to her friend while climbing the steps in the schoolyard, she accidentally slips and falls. Some actors in the cast wanted to go and help her, but she decided to continue the scene by laughing at her clumsiness and continuing the conversation she was having while in character.
9. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
In the scene of the film where the villain played by Paul Freeman is hired by the Nazis to develop an evil plan, a fly landed in the mouth of the actor, who continued to perform as if nothing had happened. It was later decided by the production team that the actor had swallowed the fly.
10. The Dark Knight
The production team had only one chance to do the hospital explosion. The scene was going normally until the switch that would detonate the bomb failed. Fortunately, in that short stretch, Heath Ledger stayed in character and continued to push buttons until finally, it worked. It was an unexpected comedic moment in an otherwise tense scene.
11. Midnight Cowboy
No matter how much planning is done, the truth is, not all movies get the necessary permits to make the production of the film. In the case of this film, they could not get the authorizations to shoot on all the streets of New York, so the director decided to do it anyway without telling the authorities. So when Dustin Hoffman was acting in the scene where he was crossing the street without looking while he was talking, he caused a car to suddenly stop near him. And as not to hit him, the driver honked his horn. The actor then shouted at the car, “Hey, I’m walking here!”
The reaction was so good that not only did it make it to the final shot, but the line became iconic.
And now that you know these stories, would you ever watch these films again to find their mistakes?
Preview photo credit Batman: El Caballero de la noche / Legendary Entertainment