Usually, the movies we see onscreen are the result of Hollywood’s infinite imagination and innovation. And of course, takes.
For a scene to make it into a movie, it has to look flawless. That means many, and many, bad takes are needed in order to have the final products we see on screen. Usually, an imperfect cut is left on the floor of the cutting room.
These takes are called “bloopers” and are often a joy to watch on the commentary videos for movies. But sometimes, a blooper is so good that it makes it into the final cut of a movie.
These can be either an amazing improv, a blunder during a scene, or a goof that the directors just didn’t catch during filming or editing. But regardless, these bloopers make a movie a lot more enjoyable to watch. Because apparently, picture-perfect isn’t always the best option in movie-making.
So which bloopers are kept in the final product? Here are 15 bloopers that successfully made it through the editing room.
#1 Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets – Cameraman On Set
You might recall the scene where Malfoy is on the ground and Hogwarts pupils are staring at him. There is certainly a cameraman in the shot, which leads one to believe that the editors were smoking something during post-production.
#2 The Aviator – Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Aviator, a 2004 film, was a critical and economic triumph. Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) buys chocolate chip cookies in one of the scenes. It’s a blooper since the writers didn’t know chocolate chip cookies weren’t invented until 1938, two years after the film’s setting.
#3 Gladiator – “The Spaniard”
Are you a fan of Russell Crowe’s iconic portrayal of Maximus Decimus Meridius? In the film, his character is also referred to as “The Spaniard,” which is an ancient French term used in the 1300s. The creators made a ridiculous error because the Gladiator film was set in 180 AD, a thousand years earlier!
#4 Lord Of The Rings – Gandalf’s Watch
We all know Gandalf is a fantastic wizard, but we didn’t anticipate this from him. Gandalf was hunting not only the Ring but also watches. In one combat scene, you can see him wearing a watch.
#5 Troy – Airplane
The 2004 film Troy was a big critical and financial success because it had all of the elements of a memorable picture. During an outdoor scene, the audience observed an airplane flying above Achilles.
#6 Django Unchained – Sunglasses
This 2012 blockbuster made a mistake that many people spotted and many did not. Django (played by Jamie Foxx) wore sunglasses throughout the film. However, they were largely prescribed by doctors. Given Jamie Foxx’s performance, most of us simply disregarded or excused this major blunder.
#7 Pirates of The Caribbean – Granny Smith Apples
If you’ve seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you’ve probably noticed that Captain Barbossa enjoys eating apples. In one scene, he is holding an apple, Granny Smiths, which did not exist until 1868, roughly 140 years after the film’s setting.
#8 Titanic – Lake Wissota
Titanic became the highest-grossing picture of all time, and it was a huge smash with both viewers and critics. Most viewers, however, missed Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) telling Rose that he and his father used to fish at Lake Wissota. It was a nice narrative to tell a girl, although the Titanic went down in 1912, and Lake Wissota was built in 1917.
#9 Sherlock Holmes – Geography Matters
Sherlock Holmes is a fantastic picture to watch, especially the pursuit sequence at the climax, which begins in the sewers and ends at Tower Bridge. The problem is that the sewers at the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge are more than two miles apart. As a result, it is not practicable.
#10 Forrest Gump – Apple Stocks
This is one of those mistakes that may make anyone giggle. Forrest Gump receives a letter from Apple in the film, although it is set in 1975. Surprisingly, Apple’s renowned rainbow logo was not conceived until the next year, and the firm went public in 1981.
#11 Braveheart – Wearing A Kilt
This American epic historical fiction war film received 10 Academy Award nominations and five wins. However, the character of William Wallace (Mel Gibson) wore a kilt. It’s because Scots used to wear them, but not in 1300, when the film takes place. Wearing a kilt became fashionable in the 1600s.
#12 Back to The Future – Marty’s Guitar
If you’re a movie buffs, you’ll remember the moment when Marty McFly flies back in time to 1955 to play a cool Gibson ES-345 guitar at a high school dance. It’s a major oversight considering the ES-345 wasn’t even manufactured until 1958.
#13 The Dark Knight – Spell Check
Christopher Nolan is often described as a perfectionist, yet it appears that he and his staff missed one proofreading error. By the way, the word “Hiest” might even irritate Money Heist lovers.
#14 Gladiator – Gas Canister
Here’s another Gladiator blunder. The film was fantastic, but how could they have missed this error in post-production? The inaccuracy comes from one of the film’s most famous sequences, in which we can plainly see a gas canister in the rear of a chariot.
#15 300 Movie – Black Powder
This is something you may have considered while viewing the movie. The Xerxes army, you know, attempts everything to destroy the Spartans, even using explosives. It is a major blunder because the black powder was not created until the 9th century.