Serendipity on Screen: Iconic Moments Born from Bloopers

By Sophia Maddox | March 7, 2024

Forrest Gump - Forrest's Super Weird Greeting

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(Paramount Pictures)

In the annals of cinema, few performances have been as celebrated as Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning portrayal of the titular character in Forrest Gump. The movie's script had plenty of memorable lines, but one of the most famous, "My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump," was actually a product of Hanks' quick thinking. According to legend, Hanks fumbled his line, but rather than calling for a retake, he riffed on the mistake and the rest 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.