Upstaged by actors

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Writing is hard work, and writing an award winning script, one that takes its place in the popular subconscious is even harder (or so I imagine, I’ll let you know when I’ve written one).

Even harder is to come up with one line that not only encapsulates the whole damn film but people remember or know, even if they’ve never seen the film. So how does it feel if you write the script and it’s not your line?

Yep, even "Heeeeeeere's Johnny" was improvised

This is why this list caught my eye, it’s a rundown of some of the most memorable unscripted lines in Hollywood.

As the title suggests, these are memorable lines that the actors came up with – lines such as Jaws’ “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” and Casablanca’s “here’s looking at you kid”.

Check out the list for the full rundown.

Incidentally, I’m using Unreality’s list which is based on a much fuller one by Listal and it’s worth noting why. Just look at Listal‘s rather glib run of sentences each ending with “was unscripted” to see why a bit of lively writing will get people linking to you.