Here Are 10 Times Actors Changed the Scripts in Movies and TV Shows to Make Them Better

Not everything in a script is concrete . . . sometimes actors add in their own personality to make their scene better.  Here are 10 times actors have made changes in movies and TV shows:

1.  Remember Gene Wilder’s scene in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when he walks out with a cane and does a somersault tumble?  Gene came up with that . . . because, quote, “No one will know from that point on whether I am lying or telling the truth.”

2.  You know the iconic “I love you”, “I know” exchange between Princess Leia and Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”?  Han’s response was Harrison Ford’s idea because, quote, “it’s beautiful, acceptable and funny.”

3.  In “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Matthew McConaughey hits his chest in the restaurant and hums.  This is actually a personal exercise he does to relax and drop his voice, but Leonardo DiCaprio thought it should be included in the movie.

4.  Samuel L. Jackson asked George Lucas to give his character a purple lightsaber in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” so he could easily identify himself in a battle.

5.  Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t impressed with the original ending for “The Avengers”, so he asked for something else, which turned into the shawarma scene.

6.  In “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, Indiana Jones was supposed to duel the swordsman using his whip.  But Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery and couldn’t shoot long scenes, so he suggested just shooting the swordsman instead.

7.  In “Stranger Things”, Dacre Montgomery asked the Duffer Brothers to give a backstory to soften his character, Billy.  This resulted in a scene showing abuse from his father, and a flashback scene showing how he loved and lost his mother.

8.  Remember Prince on “New Girl”?  It was HIS idea.  He was such a fan of the show, he reached out to them.

9.  Jennifer Garner requested that her character in “Love, Simon” give a heartwarming speech to connect with her son at the end of the movie.

10.  Rutger Hauer edited the original “tears in the rain” monologue in “Blade Runner”.  He even wrote the line, “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

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