From «Harry Potter» to «Titanic»: 6 Scenes from Our Favorite Films Where the Actors` Emotions Were Real

Sometimes, a good improvisation can outshine a rehearsed scene, and our compilation proves it. The genuine emotions of the actors on set were incorporated into the editing, enhancing the film's appeal.


The falling bookshelf behind the characters wasn't scripted; it fell spontaneously during the take. The actors were startled and looked around. Bill Murray then turned to Dan Aykroyd and asked if he'd ever experienced anything like that before. The director loved the spontaneity so much that he kept the scene in the film.
Tracking Down The Library Ghost

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Director Andrew Adamson decided not to show young actress Georgie Henley the set built for Narnia's world. Thus, when Lucy enters the magical wardrobe, her first glimpse of the snowy forest is genuine. Her reaction is heartfelt.
Lucy Discovers Narnia


In the scene where Rose searches the corridors for Jack, the water used on set was actually from the ocean. It was so cold that when Rose nearly drowns in it, it's Kate Winslet's genuine reaction.
Kate Winslet in Titanic
Kate Winslet in Titanic


Before filming the garage scene, the young actors, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, and Jaeden Martell, hadn't seen Bill Skarsgård in full makeup and costume. That's why their terror at seeing the creepy clown is not feigned – the fear in their eyes is real.
A still from It (2017)
A still from It (2017)


The role of Odin was played by Anthony Hopkins. The acclaimed actor was given a chance to showcase his talent in the scene where Thor is banished from Asgard. The director allowed Hopkins to improvise, resulting in a powerful monologue that brought tears to everyone on set, including Tom Hiddleston. Those tears weren't scripted – they were genuine.
Odin Takes Thor's Power - Banishment Scene

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry, Ron, and Hermione sit in the Gryffindor common room discussing Harry's first kiss. Hermione comments on Cho's various emotional states, and in response to Ron's surprise, she quips, "Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon..." This line, present in both the book and the script, sounded so silly that all three actors broke into genuine laughter. The result is one of the most heartfelt moments in the film.
Emotional Range of a Teaspoon