"We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents."
— Bob Ross, The Joy Of Painting
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
— Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
"In London I acted as interpreter between the Bird and Claire Bloom when she was about to take on the role of Blanche... 'What happens after the final curtain?'
The Bird sat back in his chair, narrowed his eyes. 'No actress has ever asked me that question.' He shut his eyes, thought. 'She will enjoy her time in the bin. She will seduce one or two of the more comely young doctors. Then she will be let free to open an attractive boutique in the French Quarter...'
'Oh, yes,' said the Bird. 'Blanche wins.' The result was splendid. Claire gained greater and greater strength as the play proceeded and, at the end, she leaves for the bin as for a coronation. Audiences cheered, not knowing how one psychological adjustment, made in the smoke of one cigarette at dusk, had changed the nature of a famous play."
"Whatís funny is that the line was a joke and now itís become iconic. I just did it one take to make the director, Luc Besson, laugh. The previous takes, Iíd just gone, 'Bring me everyone,' in a regular voice. But then I cued the sound guy to slip off his headphones, and I shouted as loud as I could. Thatís the one they kept in the movie. When people approach me on the street, thatís the line they most often say."
"All that was written for me to do, was to sort of shrug my shoulders and drink. I said, 'Man, if there's ever a time when Martok would say something in Klingon, at least to himself, it would be then.' So I said, 'If that's the intent then let me just say 'Humans! Pah. Ka DiJaQ!' which means, 'Humans, go figure!' So that's what I did."
—J.G. Hertzler on his final appearance in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Mark Hamill: (to director) Now, he's gotta do one of his rejoinders that we can use. No Star Wars references, no 'dropping soap in the shower' references...
Tom Wilson: Oh-kay. Alrighty then. I'm tryin' to give you some good pieces.
"No movie has ever been rescued harder than Eddie Murphy rescued The Golden Child... [the] script is so simple and racist that its daughter married a black man just to piss it off. Obese people make up better stories when their doctor asks them what they've been eating. The special effects are embarrassing enough to make modeling clay suicidal, and there are more clever plot twists on a dildo's storage instructions. The Golden Child is more disrespectful to Tibet than the People's Liberation Army of China. What's awesome is that Eddie Murphy thinks it's as stupid as we do. He mocks every line, prop and character he encounters. They could probably release nine hours of deleted scenes where Eddie Murphy turns to camera to tell his agent to fuck himself."
Chris: Mike orders a pizza and Don skateboards through the sewer to join him to wait...the thing I really like about this bit, though, is that thereís a shot where Mike pokes himself in the mouth with a popsicle stick while heís chatting with Don. Iím sure it was unintentional and more a product of the fact that itís hard to have hand-eye coordination when youíre in a latex turtle suit, but it actually really humanizes the characters. Mikeís distracted and talking and looking up at the sewer grate, so of course heís going to miss his mouth. Itís something a real person would do, and itís the kind of thing you can only really get when youíre doing practical effects like this.
Matt: Sometimes accidents make things better.
"The Chase is about what happens in a small town when they hear a local boy/prisoner Bubber (Robert Redford) escape from prison. Yeah, the characterís name is supposed to be Bubba, but because Marlon Brando kept saying Bubber they just made it his name. Anyway..."
"In an episode titled "The Enemy Within," an evil Captain Kirk terrorizes the Enterprise, and Spock is tasked with subduing him. He was supposed to do this by throwing a haymaker and knocking Kirk straight out. Despite being given a golden opportunity to punch William Shatner right in his enormous head, Spock declined, saying it was out of character. And here is where, in fact, Leonard Nimoy proved that he understood the character of Spock better than the people who wrote for him."
— Jacopo della Quercia, Cracked, "5 Classic Pop Culture Moments Actors Made Up on the Fly"
"Even Troughton seems to be fed up with the story. At one point he's forced to argue that the problem the Dulcians are having with the Dominators is that they're not realizing that the Dominators are completely alien... The Dulcian points out that the Doctor is an alien too. Now, in the episode Troughton responds laughing and saying "you got me there." But fire up the episode and listen to his delivery. It's an incredibly fast response — the only moment I've ever seen Troughton flagrantly step on someone's dialogue. What I'm implying here is that the line sounds improvised — like Troughton snuck it in because he was horrified at his own dialogue and desperate to undercut the idea that the Doctor could be such a xenophobic prick."