Accidental Bloopers That Became Iconic Moments

By Sophia Maddox | December 28, 2023

The Warriors - Come Out and Play

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(Paramount Pictures)

Walter Hill's cult classic gritty action film, The Warriors, may not be praised for its verisimilitude or insights into urban life, but it has left an indelible mark on pop culture. A testament to this is actor David Patrick Kelly's improvised scene as Luther, the ruthless leader of the Rogues, that has become one of the most iconic moments of the movie.

Despite the script's requirements for Luther to goad what’s left of the Warriors into a fight, the words were not coming together as planned. Kelly, making his film debut, took matters into his own hands by grabbing a few beer bottles and clicking them together in an ominous rhythm for several scary seconds. Then, like a stroke of genius, he recalled something a childhood neighbor used to say and drawled a new line: “Warriors? Come out to play-ay.” The rest, as they say, is history.

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.