You know that "improvised" scene from BEING JOHN MALKOVICH of the "drunk extra" throwing a beer can at Malkovich and yelling "think fast!"? Here is BTS of the cast & crew setting it up and shooting the take. : movies
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You know that "improvised" scene from BEING JOHN MALKOVICH of the "drunk extra" throwing a beer can at Malkovich and yelling "think fast!"? Here is BTS of the cast & crew setting it up and shooting the take.

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You know that "improvised" scene from BEING JOHN MALKOVICH of the "drunk extra" throwing a beer can at Malkovich and yelling "think fast!"? Here is BTS of the cast & crew setting it up and shooting the take.

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96 points · 6 years ago

Yeah, Malkovich mentioned it in his AMA

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Original Poster63 points · 6 years ago

Correct, I just thought some might enjoy seeing the actual BTS footage. What makes this all slightly more strange is that the director's commentary for the scene definitely perpetuates the myth. I wonder if Spike just thought the story was funny?

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1 point · 6 years ago

Aah okay, so it wasn't improvised in the sense that some random drove past and they rolled with it. But they decided to add it in as a joke and it hit on the first try.

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1 point · 6 years ago

If it randomly happened one take and they liked it, they'd have to try more takes to make sure they had a good shot of it.

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57 points · 6 years ago

I never understood how people thought this was improvised, and it was an extra doing it? This would land the production in so much hot water, not to mention the extra...

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31 points · 6 years ago · edited 6 years ago

Well, back in Star Trek IV, the woman who says that she thought the nuclear "wessels" were in Alameda was supposed to be just an extra. They just thought the line was so hysterical that they filled out the paperwork for her. The same sort of approach would have worked here if the dude had been an extra.

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8 points · 6 years ago

The same way people think that the hosptial explosion scene in The Dark Knight, when Heath Ledger stops, turns around, and shrugs was improvised; it sounds cool.

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-1 points · 6 years ago

I thought it was improvised in that it was some random dude from irl who threw it. I'm never trusting people again.

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26 points · 6 years ago

So is nobody going to say a goddamn thing about the dude stoned out of his mind carting around a huge-ass jar of olives?

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3 points · 6 years ago

He made me completely forget who or where i am for a moment.

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2 points · 6 years ago

Him talking about his tape reminded me of airheads

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74 points · 6 years ago

I figured this couldn't be real. I cant imagine the shitstorm that would befall an extra who got drunk on set and pitched something at a featured actor... The 'commentary' said the extra got his SAG card and had his rate upped to $700.
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

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2 points · 6 years ago

If he's under contract and they want to use the footage that would be how they do it. I'm guessing he wasn't actually drunk though, that would be a no no.

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-4 points · 6 years ago

Then the entire cast gave a standing ovation for said extra, the applause almost deafening, as the director then proclaims that everyone gets the rest of the day off!

r/thathappened

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8 points · 6 years ago

For such a tiny, and reasonably simple scene in the movie, its amazing how much effort goes into shooting it, as well as the amount of people behind the camera to help bring the whole scene together. Really makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.

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7 points · 6 years ago

I think there's a video diary thing they did for The Hobbit that showed the shocking amount of people involved in filming overhead shots of the cast walking through the grand sweeping vistas. It takes a set up of...something measured in football fields anyway. Since once you start getting the obvious people involved (satisfyreality lists a bunch below), you've then got to have people on set coordinating all these people and feeding them and it just starts ballooning up. It starts to make sense just how much a movie costs when you think about it like that.

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3 points · 6 years ago

Key people behind a camera:

Director

1st assistant director

Director of photography

Camera operator

1st camera assistant

2nd camera assistant

Script supervisor

Gaffer

Boom operator

Sound mixer

There are a lot more people on a crew but on something like this they wouldn't need to be that close to the camera.

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