Serendipity on Screen: Iconic Moments Born from Bloopers

By Sophia Maddox | April 26, 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.

Full Metal Jacket - R. Lee Ermey's Entire Performance

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(warner bros.)

Full Metal Jacket, a searing exposé on the ravages of war, continues to captivate audiences with its unflinching portrayal of the horrors of combat. Despite being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, it's worth noting that the film's most memorable character was never even supposed to have lines. R. Lee Ermey was originally brought on as a technical advisor, drawing on his real-life experience as a Parris Island Marine drill instructor to coach the actors. However, when director Stanley Kubrick saw Ermey in action, he realized that the man himself was the embodiment of the character he had in mind: the tough-talking, no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.

Rather than relying on scripted lines, Kubrick gave Ermey free rein to improvise as he saw fit, capturing the essence of his drill instructor persona on film. Over multiple takes Ermey and Kubrick crafted a tour de force performance that stands as one of the most iconic in cinematic history. And for those who might claim that Kubrick was a rigid, controlling director, the story of how Ermey's natural talent was harnessed for the film proves that even the greatest auteurs know when to let their actors take the reins.