Accidental Bloopers That Became Iconic Moments

By Sophia Maddox | December 20, 2023

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - Broken Coffee Table

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(Gramercy Pictures)

The British crime comedy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, follows a cunning card player, portrayed by Nick Moran, as he strives to pay off a debt to a menacing criminal kingpin after losing big in a game of Brag. In an unscripted moment, Stephen Marcus's character, Nick "the Greek," breaks a coffee table with a juice glass. The moment is straight up insane and the genuine surprise on Marcus's face adds a touch of authenticity to the scene that serves to make the whole film feel a little more real.

The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes Goes Down

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(20th Century Fox)

In the annals of film history, The Princess Bride stands out as a true classic - a swashbuckling, romantic adventure that still enchants viewers of all ages. Amidst the film's many thrilling sword fights, it's perhaps unsurprising that a mistake made its way into the final cut. Yet, the nature of the mistake is as unlikely as it is memorable. During a key scene in which the dashing Westley, played by the incomparable Cary Elwes, is taken hostage, he was meant to be knocked out by a prop sword.

However, actor Christopher Guest, who was tasked with capturing Elwes, had a real sword and was understandably concerned about causing an injury. In a fateful decision, Elwes suggested that Guest tap him lightly on the head with the sword's butt - a suggestion that quickly went awry. When Guest struck Elwes, the blow was harder than expected, and the actor was knocked out cold. Though the incident led to a hospital visit and stitches, it also lent the scene an air of authenticity that could not have been achieved otherwise.