10 Scenes in Which the Actors Didn’t Have to Portray Emotions Because They Actually Experienced Them
When we watch movies, we don’t always know that in some scenes, the actors aren’t even acting but actually showing their true emotions. Sometimes directors make them feel certain emotions, and other times, things don’t go according to plan.
1. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters)
The bookcase falling down behind Peter, Ray, and Egon was unscripted and it fell down on its own during a take. The characters were startled and looked back. Then Bill Murray looked at Dan Aykroyd and asked him if something like this had happened to him before.
The director liked the improvisation so much that he decided to keep this scene in the film.
2. Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia)
The director of the film, Andrew Adamson, decided not to show the little actress the set that was built for the world of Narnia. So when Lucy goes into the wardrobe, she really sees the snowy forest for the first time. Her reaction is genuine.
3. Chris Langham (Monty Python’s Life of Brian)
When Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate addressed the soldiers, daring them to laugh, he was truly daring them. The soldier extras were ordered to stand there and not laugh, but they were not told what Palin was going to do. Palin, in fact, can barely stifle his own laughter during the scene.
4. Kate Winslet (Titanic)
In the scene where Rose looks through the corridors for Jack, the water used was actually from the Pacific Ocean on the Baja California, Mexico set. The water was so cold that when Rose gasps as she first dives into the water, it was actually Kate Winslet’s genuine reaction to the frigid ocean.
5. Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Martell, and other child actors (It)
Before filming the scene in the garage, the actors hadn’t seen Bill Skarsgård in full makeup and costume.
This is why when they see the creepy clown, they are truly scared. So we see the real terror in their eyes.
6. Tom Hiddleston (Thor)
The role of Odin was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. He had the chance to show off his talent when Thor is banished from Asgard. The director let Hopkins improvise, so Odin gave a very powerful monologue that made everyone on the set cry — including Tom Hiddleston. You can clearly see he wasn’t acting but he was actually crying.
7. Tom Felton (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
At the end of the second Harry Potter film, there is a funny scene. When Dumbledore says good things about Hagrid at the end, everyone stands up and gives a round of applause — except for the Slytherins. But one of them, Crabbe, also gets up and starts clapping, and Draco Malfoy stops him.
This scene wasn’t even in the script. The actor Jamie Waylett had forgotten that he wasn’t supposed to get up. So Tom Felton pulled him back to stop him from ruining the scene.
8. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are sitting in the Gryffindor room and talking about Harry’s first kiss. Hermione says a lot of things about feelings and says, “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon.” This line was in the book and in the script but it sounded so silly and funny that all 3 of them started laughing.
9. Alan Rickman (Die Hard)
Alan Rickman played the villain Hans Gruber in the 1988 classic action film, in which Bruce Willis played the hero. In the film’s finale, Hans falls from one of the upper floors of the skyscraper. Rickman performed the trick himself. He was told that he would be pushed on the count of three, but, as the chief of stunts said, “I told the stunt guys, let him go on one.” The fear and shock on Rickman’s face are real.
10. Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
Jenna Ortega, the star of the series Wednesday, which has already become a cult, said that she created the dance of her heroine. " I choreographed that myself, and I think it’s very obvious that I’m not a dancer or a choreographer," said the actress.
Do you think you can tell real emotions from acting?