7 Iconic Movie Lines You Didn’t Know Were Improvised
Some of the most iconic movie lines in history weren’t actually in the screenplay. Instead they were ad-libbed by the actor or actress and ended up becoming one of the most memorable things about the movie. Many of these unscripted lines, however, aren’t common knowledge, so check out these 7 iconic movie lines that you didn’t know were improvised:
7. A Few Good Men
One of the most iconic moments in A Few Good Men was improvised. When Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Jessup tells Tom Cruise’s character Lieutenant Kaffee that he “can’t handle the truth,” that line was ad-libbed. Nicholson was supposed to say, “You already have the truth,” but he trimmed it down and it ended up being way more effective and more memorable!
6. Dazed and Confused
Matthew McConaughey improvised his iconic line, “All right, all right, all right,” from Dazed and Confused. “So I was sitting in the car, nervous because I was about to have my first acting scene and I was improvising it. I thought, Who’s my man? Who’s my man? I’d been listening to this live Doors album where Jim Morrison barks out between two of the songs, ‘All right, all right, all right, all right!’ I didn’t know what it meant. So I was like, OK, Wooderson: I’m about rock ’n’ roll, weed, cars, and women. I’m in my car, I’m listening to Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold,’ and I’m high. And there’s the woman. I got three out of four. ‘All right, all right, all right!’ I figured I was batting .750, so that’s what the three ‘All right’s’ were about,” he told Newsweek.