10 Behind-The-Scenes Screw-Ups That Created Iconic Movie Moments

Creating iconic cinema when failure strikes.

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Films are a tricky business. By their very nature, productions are large, sprawling and require all the cogs to turn in the right way at the right speed to make a unified whole. Much like a complex piece of music, if it goes right, you'll never know of everything going on under the surface. However, if something is a hair-trigger out of place, the whole mighty edifice comes crashing down. Faults always stick out like sore thumbs wherever they manifest themselves and in something like films €“ which requires such exacting standards €“ any screw-up can be used as a stick with which to beat the entire production.

Yet occasionally, a magnificent thing can happen €“ in the filmic equivalent of turning a frown upside down, a behind-the-scenes mistake can be turned into a strength. It doesn't happen often, but in the hands of certain actors, writers or directors, potential film or scene-breaking details are remodeled into something altogether more iconic. All it requires is a little creativity, some spur-of-the-moment genius or sheer dumb luck, but sometimes a weakness can be reversed in unforeseen and often hilarious ways.

As I've already acknowledged, it doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen more often than you might think...


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