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Poll: Improvising is the... uh... the best!

A script gives an actor/actress a certain eloquence but sometimes it's that spur of the moment, gut instinct feeling, that moment when they are so into character, that the true magic comes out of their mouths. In order to qualify, these lines must have either been ad-libbed by the actor on screen or changed from how it was originally written in the script. I have chosen not to include lines/moments delivered by Brando, as so much of his dialogue was ad-libbed that perhaps he merits a list of his own.

In your opinion, which improvised moment in film by an actor has resonated most with you over the years?

After voting, you may discuss your unscripted thoughts here.

Results of 3,442 votes:

  1. 1.

    Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976)

     
    "YOU TALKIN' TO ME?" This is one that everyone should know by now. In the Taxi Driver screenplay, Scorsese had merely written: “Travis speaks to himself in the mirror.” The rest was De Niro …
  2. 2.

    Harrison Ford and Terry Richards in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

     
    NO TIME FOR SWORDS Originally, Indiana Jones was going to face-off against the flashy swordsman. But Ford was sick in real life and opted for the short way out. Little did he know his laziness would l…
  3. 3.

    Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

     
    "I LOVE YOU." "I KNOW." When Leia declares her love for Han Solo, he responds with a cold, albeit comical, "I know". Originally, Ford was to respond with "I love you…

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