Serendipity on Screen: Iconic Moments Born from Bloopers

By Sophia Maddox | February 29, 2024

Forrest Gump - The Apple Investment That Couldn't Exist

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(Paramount Pictures)

In the world of Forrest Gump, a lot of things seem possible, including time travel or retroactive investing. But even this beloved character couldn't have accomplished the impossible feat of investing in Apple in 1975. Alas, Apple was not publicly traded until 1980, and so such an investment was beyond the reach of even Forrest's extraordinary abilities. But hey, Forrest Gump is fantasy above all else and this is an investment that everyone wishes they made.

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.