Top 10 Movie Scenes Where Actors Couldn't Stop Laughing
The art of acting revolves heavily around perfection, but that perfection is not always easily obtained. Actors, in case you've forgotten, are real people, and if there's anything we have learned about people, it's that they love to laugh. For this installment, we're showcasing that love for laughter and jovial good times with the top 10 scenes where the performers were too busy enjoying themselves to stick to the script.
Robin Williams' Improv (Good Will Hunting)
When Williams steps in front of the camera, there is no telling what’s going to happen. The late comic was a genius in his own right and aimed to make people laugh and feel good, even if the movie is meant to take on a more serious tone. During a one-on-one scene with a much younger Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, Williams throws in an unexpected monologue that sends Damon into a squealing fit of laughter. In the middle of a therapy session, Williams takes a golden opportunity to improvise during a moment of silence, divulging his wife's nervous gaseous habits. Initially, it doesn't look as if Damon is going to take the bait, but before long, he's drawn into his co-star's humor just as much as the audience.
The Warm-Up (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues)
We can't really blame Christina Applegate for not being able to hold her composure during Ron Burgundy's warm ups in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Will Ferrell's portrayal of the mustachioed anchorman turned Burgundy into a classic comedic character, and his continued antics in the follow-up continued to delight everyone - including his co-stars. As Burgundy preps for his news segment beside Applegate's Veronica Corningstone, his vocal warm-ups are a tirade of phonetic exercises and high pitched screams that completely throw his co-anchor off. Applegate can't help but let out a few laughs and even seems to try to hide her face with her hair as she composes herself. There are several versions of the scene, each one showing the difficulties of not cracking up around Ferrell.
Laughter of the Pink Panther (The Return of the Pink Panther)
As the incompetent Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers has no problem drawing out laughter from the movie’s viewers. In fact, the British actor, who is known for wanting to break his fellow stars, proved to be so funny on the set of The Return of the Pink Panther that co-star Catherine Schell, playing Lady Claudine Litton, couldn’t stop laughing. In two different scenes which made the final cut, Schell is seen trying to stifle her laughter and, at one point, almost choking on her drink. The scenes weren’t cut from the film as they further conveyed the fact that Schell’s character sees Clouseau as an amusing buffoon.
The Lineup (The Usual Suspects)
There's not much that's funny about a lineup of suspects of a murder case, but that didn't stop Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, and Gabriel Byrne from finding some form of humor in the lineup scene in The Usual Suspects. You'll notice throughout the scene that several of the actors - Pollak, del Toro, and Baldwin specifically - have a hard time keeping a straight face. During filming, the actors were fed questions off-camera and were meant to improvise their answers. The problem was that most answers were met with a slew of laughter that continued from one take to the next. Of course, there's also a small rumor flying around that del Torro had a bit of a gas issue that day.
Around the Campfire (Easy Rider)
Throw marijuana into the mix of three actors gathered around a campfire and chances are you'll catch a few natural giggles here and there. Though Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda are bona fide professionals, their high state threatened to turn a campfire scene in Easy Rider into a grown man giggle-fest. As Nicholson and Hopper go back and forth over the existence of aliens and other conspiracies, the two share a couple of candid chuckles that were apparently not meant to be a part of the scene.
The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz)
In The Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion is everything but frightening. In fact, Bert Lahr's portrayal of the furry beast is definitely more on the comedic side, so we can't really blame Judy Garland for having an issue keeping a straight face during her first encounter. After thwacking the beast on the nose, Lahr launches into a crying-fit, one that forces Garland to use Toto to cover her face momentarily. Watch close enough and you can see the crook of a smile as Dorothy struggles not to burst out laughing at her new cowardly friend. In fact, Judy had the "giggles" so bad on set, that she frustrated the production crew. During this scene in particular, Garland had such a hard time containing herself, that director Victor Fleming pulled her aside on set and slapped her across the face, and demanded she finish the scene. The very next take, she nailed it… kind of.
Hill vs. Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street)
While there’s no doubt that DiCaprio stole the show in Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, co-stars Jonah Hill and short-term The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal had their moments of genius. One of them just so happens to be because Bernthal was unable to curb real laughter during an outbreak from the big-toothed Hill. As the two argue back and forth over whether Bernthal's character, Brad, owes Hill's character, Donnie Azoff, Hill seems to slip in an unexpected comment on Bernthal's use of a certain 4-letter word. For a brief moment, Bernthal broke character and covered his mouth to avoid ruining the fluidity of the scene.
Cracking Up Goldblum (Transylvania 6-5000)
Jeff Goldblum’s impeccable acting skills were put to the test in this campy horror-comedy, which had him paired up with former Seinfeld alumni Michael Richards, Ed Begley Jr. and then-spouse Gina Davis. As poised as Goldblum and Begley often appear in their films, being matched with Richards proved to be a bit too much for their overt professionalism. As the hotel bellboy, Richards was allowed to improvise portions of his role and he used this opportunity to break his co-stars. Though he was known to crack up his fellow actors throughout the movie, one scene, which puts Goldblum and Begley at a dining room table with Richards between them, shows the two straight-faced leading men having a hard time not enjoying their co-star's antics.
Dancing with Price (The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Vincent Price is known for being a master of horror, which often hides his shining, incredible personality. The Abominable Dr. Phibes may have been pegged as a British horror film directed by Robert Fuest, but Price's performance as the titular Dr. Phibes instilled enough comedy for the movie to go through a minor identity crisis. During a scene that has Price and co-star Virginia North dancing together, Price's performance is so over-the-top campy that North has an incredibly hard time keeping a straight face. Though her smile is briefly visible in the film, her positioning on camera was moved to behind Price because she couldn't stop chuckling.
Bottle Slip (Life)
So the 1999 comedy-classic Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, may not have been a box office smash, but the two actors definitely had a good time filming it. During one scene, the pair of criminals are forced to stand atop beer bottles. As the two bicker back and forth, Lawrence loses balance and gets his toe caught. When he exclaims that his toe slipped into one of the bottles, Murphy couldn’t help but laugh. Rather than reshoot the scene’s toe-slip and laughter, the scene made it into the final cut.