Although it’s discouraged by meticulous filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick
, improvisation has an interesting place in cinema. The average Hollywood comedy will have a few scenes with semi-improvised riffing – especially since comedy’s biggest stars, like Melissa McCarthy
and Bill Murray
, tend to come from an improv background – but ad-libbed lines can have a place in drama, too.
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In fact, some of the most memorable quotes in movie history were unscripted. An actor who’s fully immersed in a scene can often come up with more suitable dialogue than a screenwriter sitting in an office, staring at a blank page, months before the cameras will start rolling.