History EnforcedMethodActing / LiveActionTV

22nd Jun '18 1:31:29 PM jimi13
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': In the episode ''A Piece Of The Action''. Kirk has been captured be a bunch of 1920s gangsters (ItMakesSenseInContext), and has to escape by distracting his guards by teaching them ''Fizzbin'', an extremely complicated card game whose rules Kirk [[CalvinBall Made up on the spot]]. In reality, neither Creator/WilliamShatner or the extras playing the guards was given a script for this sequence. So Kirk's constant pauses while thinking and the guards confusion were genuine.
17th Jun '18 7:14:49 AM AmuckCricetine
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* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' Series 4 episode "D.N.A.", Lister is handed a photo of [[spoiler: Kryten's]] genitals and reacts accordingly. During rehearsal, the photo was always something mundane, but when they actually shot the scene, Craig Charles was given a photo of a guy's crotch without warning. Or something, the story varies.
** Series 7 episode "Duct Soup" has a scene where the cast pushed against a metal grate with freezing cold water pouring over them; the water really was ice cold and their screams of shock were genuine.
** In Series 10's "Father and Suns" an ill Lister delivers an anguished rant while heavily sweating and looking like he's about to throw up. Craig Charles was genuinely ''very'' ill.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
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In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' Series 4 episode "D.IV's "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA D.N.A.", ]]", Lister is handed a photo of [[spoiler: Kryten's]] genitals and reacts accordingly. During rehearsal, the photo was always something mundane, but when they actually shot the scene, Craig Charles was given a photo of a guy's crotch without warning. Or something, the story varies.
** Series 7 episode "Duct Soup" VII's "[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIDuctSoup Duct Soup]]" has a scene where the cast pushed against a metal grate with freezing cold water pouring over them; the water really was ice cold and their screams of shock were genuine.
** In Series 10's "Father X''s "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonXFatherAndSuns Father and Suns" Suns]]" an ill Lister delivers an anguished rant while heavily sweating and looking like he's about to throw up. Craig Charles Creator/CraigCharles was genuinely ''very'' ill.



* During the pilot of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Mal and Jayne throw a body out the ship's airlock and rush back inside as the door closes with a fraction of an inch to spare. This isn't just feigned: Creator/NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin had no idea that Creator/JossWhedon started closing the doors the moment they went out, to simulate how fast these characters had to act in their escape from the world.

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* During [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity the pilot pilot]] of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Mal and Jayne throw a body out the ship's airlock and rush back inside as the door closes with a fraction of an inch to spare. This isn't just feigned: Creator/NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin had no idea that Creator/JossWhedon started closing the doors the moment they went out, to simulate how fast these characters had to act in their escape from the world.
26th May '18 10:31:02 AM ironballs16
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** Similarly, a surprise appearance by Creator/BarbraStreisand for the ''[[https://youtu.be/oiJkANps0Qw Coffee Talk with Linda Richman]]'' sketch forced Creator/MikeMyers, {{Creator/Madonna}}, and host Roseanne Barr to engage in this, squealing like fangirls as they got to meet their idol in-person.
16th Apr '18 5:15:51 AM jormis29
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* There's an episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' where Jeannie is trapped inside a champagne bottle. Filming for it involved an oversized mock-up of the lower part of the bottle, which Barbara Eden couldn't get out of without help. In order to get a realistic performance from her for the scene where Jeannie bangs on the glass and cries for help, the director had everyone on the set leave for lunch and pretend they had forgotten Eden was in the bottle, while a camera was actually still rolling. The result is in the final cut of the episode.

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* There's an episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' where Jeannie is trapped inside a champagne bottle. Filming for it involved an oversized mock-up of the lower part of the bottle, which Barbara Eden Creator/BarbaraEden couldn't get out of without help. In order to get a realistic performance from her for the scene where Jeannie bangs on the glass and cries for help, the director had everyone on the set leave for lunch and pretend they had forgotten Eden was in the bottle, while a camera was actually still rolling. The result is in the final cut of the episode.
13th Apr '18 4:09:21 PM pidget_spinner
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** Of particular note is the final scene of "Bad News". Jason Segal was not told what the titular "news" was. Creator/AlysonHannigan's line of [[spoiler: "Your father had a heart attack. He didn't make it."]] prompts a brilliant reaction from Segal, who causes the entire audience to cry at his voice breaking.

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** Of particular note is the final scene of "Bad News". Jason Segal was not told what the titular "news" was. Creator/AlysonHannigan's line of [[spoiler: "Your father had a heart attack. He didn't make it."]] prompts a brilliant reaction from Segal, who causes the entire audience to cry at his voice breaking.breaking and saying, "I'm not ready for this."
9th Apr '18 11:07:59 AM Premonition45
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* In an SNL sketch from 1993, about the parents of two teenagers finding pot in the house, who then hire a motivational speaker (Chris Farley) to talk to them (and who "lives in a van down by the river"), the two young actors can't [[{{Corpsing}} keep a straight face]] during his antics, and the boy's reaction when Farley jumps onto the table causing it to break is completely genuine. (The actors were not told that the table was a breakable prop, nor did they know that Farley was going to jump onto it.)

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* In an SNL ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch from 1993, about the parents of two teenagers finding pot in the house, who then hire a motivational speaker (Chris Farley) Matt Foley (Creator/ChrisFarley) to talk to them (and who "lives in a van down by the river"), the two young actors can't Creator/DavidSpade and Creator/ChristinaApplegate couldn't [[{{Corpsing}} keep a straight face]] during his antics, and the boy's Spade's reaction when Farley jumps onto the table causing it to break is completely genuine. (The actors were not They weren't told that the table was a breakable prop, nor did they know that Farley was going to jump onto it.)
23rd Jan '18 6:40:26 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Creator/DeborahAnnnWoll does not watch the series, which helped in the second season when Karen is unaware of Matt's secret identity, as she never saw Creator/CharlieCox acting as Daredevil in the costume. (Obviously averted as of the end of season 2, now that Karen knows Matt's secret)

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Creator/DeborahAnnnWoll Creator/DeborahAnnWoll does not watch the series, which helped in the second season when Karen is unaware of Matt's secret identity, as she never saw Creator/CharlieCox acting as Daredevil in the costume. (Obviously averted as of the end of season 2, now that Karen knows Matt's secret)
23rd Jan '18 5:08:44 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Creator/DeborahAnnnWoll does not watch the series, which helped in the second season when Karen is unaware of Matt's secret identity, as she never saw Creator/CharlieCox acting as Daredevil in the costume. (Obviously averted as of the end of season 2, now that Karen knows Matt's secret)
6th Dec '17 6:49:18 PM DesertDragon
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** [[CloudCuckooLander Brittany's]] famous non-sequiturs were originally improvised by Creator/HeatherMorris. Other characters' confused expressions were real.

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** [[CloudCuckooLander Brittany's]] famous non-sequiturs were originally improvised adlibbed by Creator/HeatherMorris. Other characters' The other actors' confused expressions were real.
6th Dec '17 6:47:49 PM DesertDragon
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* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' was famous for her [[CloudCuckooLander non-sequitors]]. In the first season, most of these were adlibbed by Heather Morris; the other actors' confused reactions were real.
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