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You Talkin’ to Me? — Most Famous Improvised Moments

The folks at Geeks of Doom (“Fear Them!”) have compiled a bunch of clips covering 25 improvised, or as they put it, “unscripted” sequences in iconic films that might surprise you.

It’s no shocker that Bill Murray improvised sections of Caddyshack, but what about Robert De Niro’s “you talkin’ to me?” speech from Taxi Driver, or Jack Nicholson’s “Heeeeeer’s Johnny!” from The Shining, or Heath Ledger’s reactions to a series of explosions in The Dark Knight?

See it here.

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