7 Iconic Movie Lines You Didn’t Know Were Improvised
5. Taxi Driver
Robert DeNiro totally improvised the line – “You talking to me?” – from Taxi Driver. “There was no dialogue, I believe, in the scene, and I remember saying, ‘Can you say something to yourself? In the mirror?” the director Martin Scorsese told Today. “It was the last week of shooting … it was very difficult, and we said, ‘OK, we’re just going to shoot this scene.’” Scorsese had locked crew members out while DeNiro improvised. “He kept saying, ‘You talkin’ to me?’ He just kept repeating it, kept repeating it … and the [assistant director] was banging on the door saying, ‘Come on, we got to get out of here.’ “And I said, ‘No, this is good, this is good. Give me another minute.’ It was like a jazz riff. Just like a solo.”
4. When Harry Met Sally
During the scene in Where Harry Met Sally where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant and an older woman seated at another table says, “I’ll have what she’s having,” that line was not in the original script. In fact, that line was improvised by the director Rob Reiner’s mother, Estelle Reiner!