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25th May '17 11:36:07 AM Cieloazul
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** An inverted example happened with Wrestling/KiyoshiTamura and Yoshihisa Yamamoto in their match at RINGS's 1996 Mega Battle Tournament. As both wrestlers were in midst of a push at the time, the bookers could not decide who should win the bout, and they eventually took the shocking decision of sending them to the ring to work the existent match structure and then go shoot (fight for real) when they ran out of script. Naturally, both Yamamoto and Tamura wanted to win, and they struck each other for real even during the worked segment in order to have the other worn when the real stuff came. At the end, Tamura won the match with a legitimate flying armbar who almost broke Yamamoto's arm.
6th Mar '17 7:24:25 PM MikeK
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* BT's "Never Gonna Come Back Down" features [[Music/SoulCoughing Mike Doughty]] both singing and doing some [[WordSaladLyrics word salad spoken word]] between verses. After recording the main sung vocals, he was given two takes to do whatever he wanted: He spent one reading passages from the Book Of Revelation and another saying things off the top of his head and making various in-jokes, and the best bits of both were edited together into the final product.
5th Mar '17 8:11:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' was a QuizShow that depended on this with GrouchoMarx, although he was also fed lines prepared by the show's gag writers in case he needed something pre-prepared from the guests' preliminary interviews.

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* ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' was a QuizShow that depended on this with GrouchoMarx, Creator/GrouchoMarx, although he was also fed lines prepared by the show's gag writers in case he needed something pre-prepared from the guests' preliminary interviews.
30th Nov '16 1:16:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a ''Behind the Scenes'' video of ''[[Film/NightAtTheMuseum Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian]]'', it was mentioned that pretty much all of the dialogue in the final battle was improvised, with Creator/BenStiller and Creator/HankAzaria randomly yelling stuff at each other.

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* In a ''Behind the Scenes'' video of ''[[Film/NightAtTheMuseum Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian]]'', ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian'', it was mentioned that pretty much all of the dialogue in the final battle was improvised, with Creator/BenStiller and Creator/HankAzaria randomly yelling stuff at each other.



* When Creator/JohnCarpenter was filming ''Vampires'', he asked James Woods to do a take of each scene as it was scripted, and allowed him to improvise after that. According to the DVD commentary, a lot of the improvised material (like his speech to Padre about [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the strengths and weaknesses of vampires]]) made it into the final cut.
** Later when Woods was cast as Hades in Disney/{{Hercules}} the writers basically threw the script into the air and said "Screw it."

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* When Creator/JohnCarpenter was filming ''Vampires'', ''[[Film/JohnCarpentersVampires Vampires]]'', he asked James Woods to do a take of each scene as it was scripted, and allowed him to improvise after that. According to the DVD commentary, a lot of the improvised material (like his speech to Padre about [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the strengths and weaknesses of vampires]]) made it into the final cut.
** * Later when Woods was cast as Hades in Disney/{{Hercules}} the writers basically threw the script into the air and said "Screw it."



** The same goes for Creator/JessicaAlba in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Alba requested a choreographer, but Rodriguez told her to just make it up as she went. Strangely enough, a different song was later dubbed over the scene.

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** * The same goes for Creator/JessicaAlba in ''ComicBook/SinCity''.''Film/SinCity''. Alba requested a choreographer, but Rodriguez told her to just make it up as she went. Strangely enough, a different song was later dubbed over the scene.



** He stated with some asperity that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon did a lot of ad-libbing on the set of ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' because they were flush with their skills at dialogue, having just won the Best Screenplay Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting.''

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** He * Smith stated with some asperity that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon did a lot of ad-libbing on the set of ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' because they were flush with their skills at dialogue, having just won the Best Screenplay Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting.''
30th Nov '16 1:14:39 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the same movie, there was a part of the script in the Mines of Moria that read something along the lines of "The Fellowship run down some stairs". Then Peter saw a piece of concept art of said stairs with NoOSHACompliance by John Howe and started envisioning an entire action sequence around it. The final result is a five minute extravaganza involving falling rocks, falling chunks of stairs, Orcs firing arrows at them and Legolas being a BadAss with his bow. A line was also invented here[[labelnote:*]]"Nobody tosses a dwarf![[/labelnote]] that is then referenced in the second film.[[labelnote:*]]"...toss me." "...what?"[[/labelnote]]

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** In the same movie, there was a part of the script in the Mines of Moria that read something along the lines of "The Fellowship run down some stairs". Then Peter saw a piece of concept art of said stairs with NoOSHACompliance by John Howe and started envisioning an entire action sequence around it. The final result is a five minute extravaganza involving falling rocks, falling chunks of stairs, Orcs firing arrows at them and Legolas being a BadAss badass with his bow. A line was also invented here[[labelnote:*]]"Nobody tosses a dwarf![[/labelnote]] that is then referenced in the second film.[[labelnote:*]]"...toss me." "...what?"[[/labelnote]]
13th Sep '16 9:28:33 AM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* Jimmy Smits supposedly left ''NYPDBlue'' because David Milch insisted on the actors often improvising scenes without a script at all.



** Certainly the clarinet solo (that amazing slide) at the start started as an improv. It was originally a simple scale, and the original clarinettist was messing about with jazz intonation in the rehearsal break. Gershwin liked it so much that he wrote it into the score.



** This is common practice throughout music where you don't have multiple musicians playing in unison. The only forms where you will NEVER see it are in things like highly-composed works (like most classical pieces), show music (where cues must be timed precisely with live action) and choral pieces (where singers often rely on instrumental cues for their parts).



* Music/{{Can}}'s albums were built almost entirely from improvisation, and edited together into somewhat coherent songs after the fact. When Damo Suzuki was the lead vocalist, he often just made up his lyrics on the spot.
** Much of the music and lyrical melodies Music/{{Genesis}} made in the studio in TheEighties was equally based on jam sessions, with very little in the way of pre-composed material. TonyBanks, Music/PhilCollins and Mike Rutherford felt their best material was written in the studio from jamming and improvising in rehearsal, editing together the best recordings and ideas, and came in pretty much clean-slate. This even extended to writing lyrics [[WordSaladLyrics out of the words and phonetics]] Phil made up on the spot while singing melodies over the jams.
*** Much of the musical content from ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' was equally made up on the spot.
4th Sep '16 5:08:22 AM Cieloazul
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** Again, the Japanese take it to the extreme. In the old shoot-style (a classic style of puroresu which works its matches with martial arts moves in order to resemble real fights) wrestlers used to come to the ring only knowing who, when and how would win, and maybe having learned a few complex spots to structure the match. The rest was composed basically of sparring full force, playing along in takedowns and submissions exchanges and trying to make it good. To show you how much of a SeriousBusiness it was, accidental knockouts weren't really rare; the wrestlers were instructed to protect themselves at all times, and if they didn't, the price was simply a match ended before it was planned.

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** Again, the Japanese take it to the extreme. In the old shoot-style (a classic style of puroresu which works its matches with martial arts moves in order to resemble real fights) fights), wrestlers used to come to the ring only knowing who, when and how would win, and maybe having learned a few complex spots to structure the match. The rest was composed basically of sparring full force, playing along in takedowns and submissions exchanges and trying to make it look good. To show you how much of a SeriousBusiness it was, accidental knockouts weren't really rare; rare, and they were seen as just okay; the wrestlers were instructed to protect themselves at all times, and if they didn't, the price was simply a match ended before it was planned.
3rd Sep '16 12:28:48 PM Cieloazul
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** Japanese professional wrestling, due to the sport-like way it presents itself, is specially liberal in this field. Unless they are deep in a storyline or a very special gimmick, wrestlers are often left to do the promo entirely by themselves as long as they don't break kayfabe. This occasionally backfires when real heat has come up in the words, but the business often just sees it as a new chance to get the press's attention or even create entire angles.



* This is largely true of matches themselves. While the match endings are predetermined (who wins, how s/he wins, and about how long the match lasts), and (depending on how important the match is) there may be a few other predetermined important moments (known in the business as "spots"), most of the action is made up by the wrestlers themselves as they go along.

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* This is largely true of matches themselves. While most of the match endings are action is predetermined (who wins, how s/he wins, and about how long carefully rehearsed in the match lasts), gym before coming to the ring, minor parts like taunting, brawling and (depending on how setting up an important the match is) there may be a few other predetermined important moments moment (known in the business as "spots"), most of the action is a "spot") are left to be made up by the wrestlers themselves as they go along.along.
** Again, the Japanese take it to the extreme. In the old shoot-style (a classic style of puroresu which works its matches with martial arts moves in order to resemble real fights) wrestlers used to come to the ring only knowing who, when and how would win, and maybe having learned a few complex spots to structure the match. The rest was composed basically of sparring full force, playing along in takedowns and submissions exchanges and trying to make it good. To show you how much of a SeriousBusiness it was, accidental knockouts weren't really rare; the wrestlers were instructed to protect themselves at all times, and if they didn't, the price was simply a match ended before it was planned.



* Wrestling/JimCornette wrote an opinion column once about how this is the proper way to have a wrestler (or his manager) cut a promo: Give him a few points that he needs to hit during the promo and have him ad-lib the rest of it.

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* Wrestling/JimCornette wrote an opinion column once about how this is the proper way to have a wrestler (or his manager) cut a promo: Give give him a few points that he needs to hit during the promo and have him ad-lib the rest of it.
25th Aug '16 5:13:46 PM FordPrefect
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** Mal's, "Faster would be better!" during the chase scene was also from Joss telling Fillion to, "Say something Mal would say."

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** Mal's, Mal's "Faster would be better!" during the chase scene was also from Joss telling Fillion to, to "Say something Mal would say."



* Tommy Lee Jones reportedly hated the original script of ''Film/MenInBlack'' and largely made up most of his dialogue on the fly. Will Smith did not know any of the lines beforehand, and was often caught off guard by what Jones was saying. The fact that Smith, as agent J, couldn't keep up with Jones as agent K worked well in helping to create the character dynamic between the green newbie MIB agent and the seasoned, hardened veteran agent.
* According to Gail Patrick when she appeared on the ''Kraft Music Hall'' much of the production of ''My Man Godfrey'' was done this way.

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* Tommy Lee Jones reportedly hated the original script of ''Film/MenInBlack'' and largely made up most of his dialogue on the fly. Will Smith did not know any of the lines beforehand, and was often caught off guard by what Jones was saying. The fact that Smith, Smith as agent J, Agent J couldn't keep up with Jones as agent Agent K worked well in helping to create the character dynamic between the green newbie MIB agent and the seasoned, hardened veteran agent.
* According to Gail Patrick when she appeared on the ''Kraft Music Hall'' Hall'', much of the production of ''My Man Godfrey'' was done this way.
25th Aug '16 5:12:36 PM FordPrefect
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** Ermey even managed to ''surprise'' Kubrick during the filming of one of his scenes where one of the improved lines he said included the phrase "reach-around". Kubrick stopped filming briefly and honestly asked what the phrase meant, and Ermey [[MeanCharacterNiceActor politely told him]]. Kubrick then asked him to keep the phrase in each take of the scene.

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** Ermey even managed to ''surprise'' Kubrick during the filming of one of his scenes where one of the improved improvised lines he said included the phrase "reach-around". Kubrick stopped filming briefly and honestly asked what the phrase meant, and Ermey [[MeanCharacterNiceActor politely told him]]. Kubrick then asked him to keep the phrase in each take of the scene.



* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', The first scene where the vampires reveal themselves and a massive battle ensues was simply marked in the script as "All Hell breaks loose". Also, Creator/SalmaHayek's dance as Satanico Pandemonium had no choreographer. Creator/RobertRodriguez just brought her in and let the music move her as it would.

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* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', The the first scene where the vampires reveal themselves and a massive battle ensues was simply marked in the script as "All Hell breaks loose". Also, Creator/SalmaHayek's dance as Satanico Pandemonium had no choreographer. Creator/RobertRodriguez just brought her in and let the music move her as it would.



* While Creator/KevinSmith is notoriously against improvisation, he sometimes jokes about writing 'Jay and Silent Bob say something remotely witty' in his earlier scripts. He loosened up with ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', as much of the cast were experienced imrpov actors.

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* While Creator/KevinSmith is notoriously against improvisation, he sometimes jokes about writing 'Jay and Silent Bob say something remotely witty' in his earlier scripts. He loosened up with ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', as much of the cast were experienced imrpov improv actors.
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